Introduction: Combined hearing and vision impairment, which can negatively affect the performance of activities of daily living, is particularly prevalent in those over 70 years of age. Existing studies show that this dual sensory impairment has implications for safety in the home environment. Insights into how individuals integrate hearing and vision changes into their daily lives are needed for planning care-related interventions. Methods: A qualitative method was used supplemented with quantitative methods (“Concurrent Embedded Strategy”). Based on the grounded theory approach, we conducted guided interviews with hearing- and vision-impaired individuals aged 70 years and over (n = 46) as well as a questionnaire survey on how they cope with their daily lives. Results: As part of their processing, individuals with hearing and visual impairments go through three stages that are closely linked to “being able to communicate.” A partial result of the KoRes model is presented. This article focuses on the first two stages of this model: “diagnosis” and “reflection”. Conclusion: People with dual sensory impairment behave reactively on the first two of a total of three stages with regard to the processing of their impairments. They need a supportive environment to be able to clarify these changes in hearing and vision and come to grips with the underlying causes.
|Translated title of the contribution||“It's like being inside a capsule”: How people aged 70 and over recognize and reflect on hearing and visual impairment – partial results from the KoRes stage model|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Zeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2021|