Following a route with hearing impairment - "You can see potential dangers"
Has anyone else been turned down for PIP mobility - planning and following a route - on the basis that they can see potential dangers (presumably meaning traffic)?
The PIP guidance says that people with severe visual or profound hearing loss may be at substantial risk when crossing the road.
I have severe- profound hearing loss in both ears. I explained that I don’t hear traffic approaching and gave examples of when I can’t see traffic approaching - round bends, over hill brows, down nearby side streets when I am crossing a main road, through parked cars, buildings, fences etc and gave examples of near misses with vehicles, bikes and scooters local to where I live (so familiar journeys) .
I explained how difficult it is to find somewhere with a clear view in both directions far enough away that I would see approaching vehicles in enough time to get out of their way and that often moving away from one danger means I am moving closer to another; for example parking isn’t allowed on bends but I can’t see round the bend but by moving to a straighter part of the road there are parked vehicles which I can’t see through /over.
I was awarded standard mobility - 10 points for needing someone with me for unfamiliar journeys as I would be unable to understand verbal communication if something unexpected happened but as I have no visual, mental or cognitive impairment it is reasonable that I would be able to see hazards on the majority of days.
For MR I repeated that there are lots of situations where I can’t see and that being able to see was not enough - I need to be able to see far enough away to give me time to avoid the danger. Also that unexpected things do happen on familiar journeys as well and asking how I was supposed to manage if this happened if I can’t understand verbal communication. The MR decision came back with the same ‘ it is reasonable that you can see potential dangers”, no mention of the communication issues if something goes wrong.
What is the point of including hearing impairment in their guidance and then saying that as you can see you can cross a road safely!!
Has anyone else has this and appealed against the decision?
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