, Dec. 7 (ANI): A recent study found that lockdown during the pandemic caused mental and emotional problems in adults with sensory impairments.
Peggy Nelson, University of Minnesota, described the impacts in her presentation to the “181st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America”.
Nelson and his team interviewed three groups of older people in the Twin Cities community: people with vision loss, people with hearing loss, and people without either of these conditions. They asked participants about their worries, well-being and social isolation at six-week intervals from April 2020 to July 2021. The period corresponded to strict closures in Minnesota, with some restrictions easing towards the end. of the study.
All three groups of adults scored lower on a patient health questionnaire after the onset of the pandemic. In addition, people who are visually impaired or hard of hearing face particular problems.
“Visually impaired people have been hit very hard,” said Nelson.
âAll of their mobility systems are built around public transport and being around other people,â Nelson added.
Masks have made conversations especially difficult for adults with hearing loss, leading them to prefer virtual options for healthcare visits, among other scenarios. However, the overall calmer environment during stay-at-home orders may have offset some of the negative effects.
While Moore said the changes brought about by the pandemic have often led to a loss of independence for adults with disabilities, some solutions may be within reach.
âWe hope to find a new hybrid world,â she said.
“The visually impaired can be close to other people as needed, and the hearing impaired can have remote access to clear communication when masks would prevent it,” she concluded. (ANI)