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Gene that causes Otosclerosis identified

This is the first very welcome step towards finding a way to prevent otosclerosis, one of the most common forms of hearing loss in younger people.

What it’s like to lipread

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.

Too embarrassed to say “I couldn’t hear”

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.

Read the article here

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!)

Hampshire Healthwatch provides deaf awareness

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.

Congratulations to new lipreading tutors in Northern Ireland

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.”

Fight for local lipreading

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).

Lipreading Awareness Week September 2015

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!

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