Document Type

Capstone Project

Publication Date

Spring 3-2023

First Advisor

Antony Joseph, MA., Au.D., Ph.D., ABAC, CCC-A, CPS/A, F-NAP


audiology, hearing loss, accommodations, patient-centered, individualized, special population


Speech Pathology and Audiology


Introduction: Deaf-blindness is a term that refers to people with dual sensory impairments who, typically, have some residual hearing and usable vision. Individualized attention should be employed when working with these patients to ensure effective intervention. Case Presentation: A young female presented to the clinic with cortical blindness and essentially unilateral (right-sided) sensorineural hearing loss. Discussion: For special populations, such as those with deaf-blindness, audiologists need to be aware of testing and environmental considerations due to challenges presented by comorbidities. Senses, such as touch, may be used when testing these patients. The use of paper material, placement of furniture, and adjusted lighting may improve patient satisfaction and should be considered by clinicians. Conclusion: Deaf-blindness can affect pediatric and adult populations so clinicians should provide a special intervention with these patients and families for inclusivity and patient-centeredness.