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This page explains why lipreading is important, how to learn lipreading, and offers top tips when lipreading.
Lipreading is being able to recognise a person’s lip shapes, how they use their teeth and tongue, as well as gestures and facial expressions, when they are speaking. This helps you to understand what they are saying and be more involved in the conversation.
Lipreading is used by many people with hearing loss to understand other people’s speech. (In fact, we all lipread to some extent!)
Even if you use hearing aids, you won’t always follow everything that people are saying. That’s when lipreading can help, whether you’ve had hearing loss for years or are newly diagnosed.
It can help you stay connected to your family, friends and loved ones, and the world in general. It can help with your personal relationships, social life, workplace and career opportunities.
Lipreading classes are the best way to learn. If you go to a lipreading class run by a qualified teacher, you’ll:
Lipreading classes are informal, friendly and relaxed. You can go at your own pace.
In the classes, you’ll learn:
Most lipreading classes also cover other skills that support lipreading and help you to manage your hearing loss effectively, for example:
Classes will also probably include:
How to find a lipreading class
To find your nearest lipreading class, visit the website of the Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults (ATLA)
Free online lipreading classes
If you can’t join a lipreading class, the website lipreadingpractice.co.uk has lots of information about lipreading and video lessons to help you develop and practise your lipreading skills.
Whether you join a local class, or use online classes, it’s important to keep practising, using movies and TV, a mirror, friends and family, and social situations.
ATLA has also produced a DVD, ‘Look Hear: Introduction to Lipreading’, for practice at home. To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The website storiesforlipreading.org.uk also provides videos of stories being read aloud – another great way to practise.