Speech-based communication

Clear speech

Speaking clearly is one of the most effective and common ways of communicating with deafblind people who have some remaining vision and a hearing loss. (See Quick tips for communicating with deafblind people.)  


Lipreading involves the deafblind person watching the lip shapes, gestures and facial movements of the person they are talking to so that they get a fuller understanding of what they are saying.

It is a method often used by people with useful remaining vision and an acquired hearing loss.


Tadoma involves a deafblind person placing their thumb on a speaker’s lips and spreading their remaining fingers along the speaker’s face and neck. 

Communication is transmitted through jaw movement, vibration and facial expressions of the speaker.

There are variations in the hand positioning, and it is a method sometimes used by people to support their remaining hearing.


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First published: Monday 21 May 2012
Updated: Tuesday 15 October 2013