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Deafblindness

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Introduction
A person is deafblind if they have a combined sight and hearing impairment that causes difficulties with communication, access to information and mobility.
Symptoms of deafblindness
Levels of hearing and sight loss vary between individuals who are deafblind.
Causes of deafblindness
There are more than 70 different causes of deafblindness. The condition can either be present at birth (congenital) or it can develop later in life (acquired).
Diagnosing hearing and vision problems
A deafblind person's level of hearing and sight should be accurately and regularly assessed. How well a person can hear and see will affect the level of care and support they need.
Treating or managing deafblindness
Most cases of deafblindness that are present at birth (congenital) can't be treated. In certain cases, it may be possible to treat acquired deafblindness.