Take a Speech (Lip) Reading Class
What are Speech (Lip) Reading Classes?
Speechreading is an experience designed to improve overall communication and daily life. Although it can be referred to as “reading lips” the process actually involves using many other cues than just the movement of the mouth. It takes practice, but it can be very rewarding. Classes are designed to help Hard of Hearing Adults develop speechreading skills they can use with confidence at home, at work, or during leisure time.
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador currently offers 2 speechreading programs:
- Level 1 – An introduction to speech (lip) reading, basic lip movements, group practice and more.
- Level 2 – A practice & skillbuilding class for those who have completed level 1
“I really enjoyed the class and meeting others – hope to be back for the next level”
WHEN DO CLASSES TAKE PLACE?
Each level of this program runs for eight weeks, two hours per week at our Provincial office.
More importantly, classes are FREE of charge to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted, or you can support the Association through our fundraising lottery campaigns.
“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 CLASSES LIKE?
- Classes are fun, informal and are taught by a trained Speechreading Instructor.
- Class size is limited to 12-14 people.
- We have 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 have an opportunity to meet others – our class break is always a social activity!
More about Speechreading
Lipreading means watching the movement of the lips, jaw and tongue to discern what sounds and words are being shaped and spoken. Since only about 40% of the spoken language appears on the lips this does not leave you with much to go on. Speechreading is a more correct term to use.
Speechreading involves understanding a person through a combined look and listen technique. The speechreader sees visible movement and sometimes hears at least part of the message. This visible movement is not only lip, tongue and jaw movement. It is facial expression, eye expression, body language, the context in which the person is speaking, and whatever sounds one hears. All possible cues are utilized to assist in speechreading, including sight, amplified sound, and educated guessing. The speechreader is alert and picks up on everything. You can train yourself to do this, once you understand more about the dynamics of what is going on relative to hearing and speech.
Who needs speechreading?
Everyone does at sometime. Hearing aid users do because hearing aids do not reproduce accurately the high frequency sounds (s, sh, f, th, p, k, t) and some consonants (d, z, q, b, etc.). All hearing-handicapped persons need to speechread. Any hard of hearing person with hearing aids who still has difficulty in following the spoken word can benefit from speechreading instruction. Training in speechreading assists a person in understanding what is being said.