by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A young mother explained, I recently was diagnosed with irreversible hearing loss in my left ear and it is starting in my right ear as well. I have 3 young children and I am having a hard time dealing with the loss of my hearing and the frustration of not understanding […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A lady explained, I am new to the world of hearing loss. I want to know if there is a way to learn lipreading. How did you learn? Did you just watch people? I am trying to do that but getting frustrated. I am sure that is normal. My problem lies […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. Most hard of hearing people speechread (lip-read) to a greater or lesser extent. This wonderful slide show by Cynthia Dixon entitled, “I Hear With My Eyes” explains why we need to stare at people when they are talking. At the same time, it graphically shows hearing people what they […]
I am looking for information on lip-reading—it’s accuracy and associated difficulties. I understand that lip-reading really is very hard and not particularly accurate. Is this true?
Speechreading is an invaluable skill for hard of hearing people to have. This article explains what speechreading is and what it can and cannot do.
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A man asked: I have a question about hearing strategies. Say you’re in a room and you’re trying to understand something. I’m wondering if I should learn how to read lips. It doesn’t seem like it could hurt. Do you need to take a course, or just practice? How […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A new study by the University of East Anglia has revealed the surprising results that computers are now better at lip-reading (speechreading) than humans are. In one demonstration. the computers recognized 80% of the words presented, whereas the 19 human speechreaders only recognized 32% of the words. (1) That […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A man asked: Is there anywhere on the web, or a resource that you could direct me to, where I can learn to improve my lip reading skills? The real secret to becoming better at speechreading (lip reading is the older term) is to always “stare” at the person […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. One lady asked, I was wondering if it is possible to speech read what people are saying if you can’t hear them at all? I am finding that if I can hear them even a little bit, I can speech read a lot of what they are saying. but […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A lady wrote: My hearing has decreased considerably these past few years. I ordered your “Seeing and Hearing Speech” CD recently to help me understand conversations better. I have been trying to read peoples’ lips for some time now and the lessons are helping, although I am still on […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A man asked: I would like to know what you have to say about how to learn speechreading. Is there a particular technique? Is there a book? Speechreading is an excellent coping strategy, however, you can’t really learn to speechread from a book. You need to see people’s lips in action. […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A lady asked: Is there any difference between lipreading and speechreading? Yes and no. How’s that for an answer? Technically, lipreading is watching the lips to extract whatever speech information you can, while speechreading is watching the lips, tongue, teeth, cheeks, eyes, facial expressions, gestures, body language and anything […]
Gives three sources for learning to speechread–classes, CD, and video tapes.