Sensory Impairment

Elderly patients may have difficulties with hearing or sight or they may suffer from general frailty. Many patients have also experienced ototoxicity and other sensory problems from chemotherapy. These sensory deficits reduce the amount of information patients are able to process and may lead to complaints of memory dysfunction. Some patients even manifest psychiatric difficulties, such as paranoia, because a relative sensory deprivation impedes their ability to appreciate what is going on around them.

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