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Women are more than twice as likely as men to tell people about their hearing challenges and how the hearing loss impacts their ability to communicate, a U.S. study has found.
Read the full article from the Hear-it website
People with no hearing difficulties rarely give any thought to what it would be like to have to rely on lipreading to communicate with others. But a new video makes people stop and think about it.
Many of the 11 million people (according to Action on Hearing Loss) in the UK who have some form of hearing loss depend on lipreading to communicate with family, friends and colleagues.
A powerful video from National Geographic, made by the Little Moving Pictures production company, shows what life can be like for those who use lipreading — and it’s definitely not easy. But if you attend a lipreading class, you will find help and support!
The video begins with people speaking clearly, as subtitles flash up on the screen. Gradually their words become quieter and the subtitles blurred.
The footage also shows how different situations, such as nightclubs, which pose no problem for those who can hear, make things even harder for lipreaders, .
The video is based on the essay “Seeing at the Speed of Sound” by Rachel Kolb, who also narrates and stars in the piece.
At the end of the video Kolb tells viewers how frustrating lipreading can be.
“There have been times when I’ve questioned why I even try to lipread, to wade through this swamp, when I could just use sign language,” she says. “Some deaf people choose to do just that. It’s like a different world — a world filled with rich expression and culture. When people sign they come alive. But I know I want both worlds.”
Go to Learn to lipread to find a lipreading class near you.
This is me at the Palace of Westminster, preparing to give my presentation to the APPG on deafness, the link is to the power point outlining what I said to the group.
The four South Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have dropped their proposals to restrict NHS hearing aid provision!
Fluffy clouds make communication easier for deaf people.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf people have recently had their main training site in Buckinghamshire transformed.
I would like to see these clouds in all restaurants and cafes
C2Hear Online is a series of short, interactive, multimedia videos about hearing aids, hearing loss and communication. The videos are provided by the National Institute for Health Research.
Keith Davis, chief executive of a local authority, struggled with his hearing for 15 years. His account appeared in the Daily Telegraph on 14 December 2015.
As there was no mention of lipreading classes, some ATLA members wrote letters to the editor, two of which appeared on December 17
Read the letters here (scroll down past EU border force, but not as far as festive poodles!)
Subtitles can be switched on at the bottom of the screen.
Healthwatch exists to make sure that anyone can access any service they need in the health field. This video, filmed in Hampshire lipreading classes, shows how services, including health services, could be made more ‘deaf aware.’ It also promotes the value of Lipreading classes.
Eleven new lipreading teachers have just successfully qualified in Northern Ireland.
Their training started in November 2014 and involved trainees from the five Health and Social Care Trusts and Action on Hearing Loss.
The training course was delivered by City Lit, whose three lipreading teacher trainers travelled from London to Northern Ireland to deliver the training.
The Health and Social Care Board provided funding for all eleven places as part of the Physical and Sensory Disability Strategy in Northern Ireland.
Lorraine Braggins, Teacher Co-ordinator says: “All the newly trained teachers should be very proud of what they have achieved. It was a privilege to train such a committed group of people and we are sure they will go on to do valuable work teaching lipreading to deaf and hard of hearing people across Northern Ireland.”
We believe that everyone with hearing loss should have access to a local lipreading class – and that includes you!
Lipreading is a hugely valuable communication skill for people with all levels of hearing loss, yet there’s a real shortage of classes across much of England.
That’s why, in Lipreading Awareness Week, ATLA and Action on Hearing Loss launched our new Lipreading Campaign guide to help you convince your local college to provide an affordable lipreading class, if one doesn’t already exist.
Not only do these relaxed classes teach you how to lipread, they also improve your communication skills, introduce you to useful equipment and give you the chance to share experiences with others in similar situations
Follow this link and fill in the short form to download our Lipreading Campaign guide, and you could improve access to lipreading classes for you and your community! (Link will take you to the Action on Hearing Loss website).
Many lipreading teachers held FREE taster sessions and events during this week. Over 50 successful events were held. Lipreading Awareness Week was September 14 to 19, though some events will take place after these dates. Watch this space for details of LAW 2016!
Try an Event Near You
- Sound: Stories of hearing lost and found
- Stories for lipreaders – new website launched
- Hearing Loss Awareness Event in Bletchley, 21 July
- Invisible Music
- Chair of ATLA on Breakfast TV
- Walks and talks for lipreaders
- Fewer people feel embarrassed to wear hearing aids
- Atla Information Stands and Talks
- How effective are hearing loops?
- Do you struggle to communicate with your GP?
- MPs debate deafness and hearing loss
- Let’s hear it for some quiet in restaurants
- Marks and Spencer turns down the music
- Customers want to enjoy restaurants’ taste in food, not music
- Asda’s quiet hour to beat stress
- Gene that causes Otosclerosis identified
- Musicians in danger of hearing loss
- What lipreading classes offer
- Women are better than men at explaining their hearing loss
- What it’s like to lipread
- All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness
- Good News from Staffordshire
- Fluffy clouds make communication easier for deaf people
- New free online service to help people use hearing aids
- Too embarrassed to say “I couldn’t hear”
- Hampshire Healthwatch provides deaf awareness
- Congratulations to new lipreading tutors in Northern Ireland
- Fight for local lipreading
- Lipreading Awareness Week September 2015