Learn To Lipread – Take A Speechreading Class


Learn To Lipread – What are Speech (Lip) Reading Classes?

Speech (lip) reading is a skill that can improve overall communication and daily life. Those who learn this skill often think of it as “reading lips” but the process actually involves using many other cues than just the movement of the mouth, hence the term “speechreading”. 

It takes practice but lip/speechreading is a rewarding skill.  Classes help adults with hearing loss (as well as family members, friends, professionals, and interested members of the community) develop communication skills to build confidence at home, at work, or during leisure time.


“I really enjoyed the class and meeting others – hope to be back for the next level”

How Can I Take A Class?



If you want to learn to lipread at your own pace and cannot attend in-person classes. We have a new online class coming soon.  

Our online class is currently in development and should be ready by Fall 2019.

If you’d like to stay updated on progress, or want to learnmore about this online class once it’s available, please click below to sign up for updates and notices.




The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL) offers in person classes (3 levels) at the Association’s Provincial office. 

Each level of this program runs for eight weeks, two hours per week.  Classes are offered in the Spring and the Fall each year.  

Check the news and events section for upcoming classes, or sign up below to receive e-mail notices on upcoming classes. 





“I would recommend the speechreading Level 1 class to anyone who has a hearing loss.  It is a great foundation on which to build”


What Are In Person Classes Like?

  • Fun, informal classes taught by a trained Speechreading Instructor.
  • Class size is limited to 12-14 people.
  • Taught in a fully hearing accessible building.
  • Class participants represent a wide variety of ages.
  • Family members are welcome and encouraged to register and attend.
  • Class participants enjoy meeting others and our class break is always a social activity!

Hear From Class Participants

Some of our previous class participants share their experiences.  Hear why a speech/lipreading class is right for you.






More about Speechreading

Lipreading includes watching the movement of the lips, jaw and tongue to discern what sounds and words are being shaped and spoken. However, only about 40% of spoken language appears on the lips, therefore using only the lips (lipreading) to help you communicate is just the beginning. 

Speechreading involves understanding another person through a combination of looking and listening.
The speechreader sees visible movement on the lips and the face and sometimes hears at least part of the spoken message.

The spoken message that you can “see” is not only lip, tongue and jaw movement but also facial expression, eye expression, body language, the context in which the person is speaking, and whatever sounds one hears.

Using all possible clues can help speechreaders, including sight, amplified sound, and educated guessing. The speechreader is alert and picks up on everything.


Who needs speechreading?

Everyone needs speechreading at some point in their life. Those with hearing loss need speechreading because hearing aids, cochlear implants and other hearing technology do not always allow the user to hear the high frequency sounds such as  (s, sh, f, th, p, k, t) and some consonants (d, z, q, b, etc.).

Learning to speechread can benefit anyone with hearing loss as this skill assists a person’s understanding of what is being said.

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