About Deafblindness

Causes

There are many factors that can be attributable to causing deafblindness. Varying degrees of vision and hearing loss may occur:

During pregnancy:

  • a woman may come into contact with a virus or disease that affects the growing foetus
  • an inherited condition or syndrome may be passed on to the child
  • a chromosomal disorder may occur during the foetus’ early development
  • injury affecting the foetus whilst in utero

Complications at birth (multiple health and physical conditions may also be present):

  • a child may be born prematurely
  • neurological conditions as a result of a traumatic birth or lack of oxygen

Post natal/childhood:

  • inherited conditions that may present during developmental stages
  • auto immune conditions
  • illness cause by virus or disease
  • injury to the eyes and ears
  • acquired brain injury

Young adult to older age:

  • inherited conditions or syndromes that present later in the person’s life
  • non-hereditary conditions and syndromes
  • auto immune conditions
  • illness cause by virus or disease
  • injury to the eyes and ears
  • acquired brain injury
  • the ageing process