Can you make out what each of these lips are saying? I surprise myself sometimes how good I am at lipreading. I am fortunate to have this God-given gift for reading lips. Oh yeah! It only works if I put on my invisible cape and focus on your face. But, then again you keep turning your head side to side and up and down and it makes it difficult for me to read what you are saying. But, don’t worry, I have super lipreading powers so I will figure out what you are saying. That summed up most of my week in Los Angeles. There were many times when people started talking to me without grabbing my attention first. By the time I noticed, there were finished.
But, let’s go back to my picture above, can you figure out what each set of lips is saying? Come on, give it a try - give my “World of Lipreading” a try. The problem deaf or hard of hearing people have with lipreading hearing people is that many hearing people don’t take the time to look at you face-to-face. I lost my hearing when I was 41 years old but I was taught to look at a
person’s face when he or she is speaking as a sign of respect. Now that I am deaf, I have to look at your face. But simply reading lips won’t give me the complete message. A lot of what you are saying is conveyed by your body how you stand, how you hold your shoulders and hands, and what you do with your eyebrows. A deaf person has to take in all this information and combine it to come up with an approximation of what you say. I would say I get about 50 percent, which is really high according to some statistics.
So, you want to learn how to lipread and you are a HEARING PERSON. OKAY.
Follow these directions:
1. Take two cotton balls and put one in each ear.
2. Go to this link here and watch it over and over until you learn what is being said:
So, how did you do? Lipreading is not easy, so please be kind and make sure you have the attention of the person you want to speak with, look directly at his or her face, and speak normally. No, you don’t need to speak loud or exaggerate your words. Talk normally and then check to make sure the deaf person has understood you.
My name is Jeff Swartz and I live in Atlanta, GA. I am married to wonderful wife and have two teenaged daughter.