Most people with hearing loss use visual cues to help them understand the spoken word. Speech reading involves:
Hearing aids will greatly increase your ability to understand conversations, but learning to read visual cues and understanding basic speech reading, can help supplement your ears with other information and fill in the blank spots in your communication. Everyone—with or without hearing loss—uses these cues to some extent. It is important to understand that, with practice, everyone can learn to read these cues more effectively.
Speechreading helps put people with hearing loss back in the conversation. Good communication is vital to a good quality of life – Online courses and resources are available the opportunity to socialize with others who are living a similar experience with hearing loss.
There are limited resources for those who wish to learn to speech read. Here are a couple of websites that may help:
Are you Interested in a speech reading course? The Adult Loss of Hearing Association is considering having speech reading courses, depending on the level of interest. If you are interested, please let us know by contacting us via email or using our online form.