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Spatial Navigation Abilities in Deaf Older Adults With and Without Vestibular Impairment
Older individuals with VI may present with difficulty in spatial memory and navigation, which increases the risk of falling or wayfinding difficulties. A high prevalence (54-85 percent) of VI in the deaf population puts older deaf individuals at risk.
In contrast, evidence of high visuo-spatial IQ in American Sign Language (ASL) users suggests that the spatial cognitive functions among deaf ASL users with VI may not be as affected as those among deaf non-ASL users with VI.
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