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Older Americans are most likely to say the sense they would miss most is sight

For many Americans, sensory loss of any type can lead to a serious decrease in quality of life. Sensory deficits in the form of visual and auditory loss is common among older adults. In one study conducted by the University of Chicago Medical Center, 94% of older Americans suffered from at least one significant sensory deficit. New data from a YouGov Omnibus poll reveals that, of the five senses, most people would miss their sense of sight most, if they were to lose it.



Seven in ten (70%) say they would miss their sense of sight. Other Americans say they would miss the ability to hear (7%) most, followed by their sense of taste (5%), touch (3%), and lastly, smell (2%).

While most say that one’s vision would be missed most if lost, the extent to which they say so varies with age. On one end, 79% of Americans aged 55 and over cite vision loss as the sense they would miss most. Vision loss is also the most cited answer among younger Americans, but to a lesser degree. Just 58% and 60% of those aged 18 to 24 and 25 to 34, respectively, say they would miss their sense of sight most.



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