Sensory impairments

When one or more of our senses doesn't work normally, it's called a sensory impairment. Our senses include seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting and spatial awareness.

We use our senses all the time without thinking about it. They work together to help us respond to the things around us. Sensory impairments can make daily life hard, and it can be difficult to complete day-to-day activities. It can make an individual feel lonely and excluded, which adversely impacts their quality of life. 

There are different levels of sensory impairments, but with the right tools and support systems in place, most people can still live independently. 

The profile provides an overview of how many people are living with sensory impairment in Suffolk.

Sensory impairment profile