Sensory Impairment

Hearing impairment

Support is available for people who are deaf, hearing impaired or deaf/blind. Following an assessment of your needs through Adult Social Care, a support plan can be put together. This may identify you need some equipment or further support to maintain your independence.

Adult Social Care are required by law to keep a register of deaf and hearing impaired and deaf blind people. To be registered hearing impaired, you will need to go to the Audiology Department at Darlington Memorial Hospital for a hearing test. Your GP will be able to refer you to the Audiology Department. Registration is voluntary and you do not have to be registered to ask for help with hearing problems. However if you register it may help you to qualify for some benefits in the form of exemptions from VAT on certain equipment. Link to Royal National Institute of Blind People [external link].

When you visit the Audiology Department, you will be given a form to sign. There are two boxes on the form - one is the agreement to an assessment by Adult Social Care and the other if you agree to be registered as hearing impaired.

The Audiology Department will then contact Adult Social Care, who will send you a registration card and arrange for an assessment of your needs.

Visual impairment

Support is available for people who are blind, visually impaired or deaf/blind. Following an assessment of your needs through Adult Social Care, a support plan can be put together. This may identify you need some equipment or further support to maintain your independence.

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