ATLA has reached a milestone anniversary – its 40th year. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only country in the world that has formal lipreading teacher training courses, with a recognised qualification and a professional supporting body.
Read more of our history here.
A group of Hampshire lipreading tutors, lipreaders and techno-wizards has joined forces with local writers to develop an exciting new website, which uses short stories to help people with hearing loss.
‘Stories for Lipreading‘ is a new, free website for people with hearing loss, which offers the chance to practise lipreading skills and enjoy some good writing at the same time. Lipreading is a vital method of communication for people with hearing loss: it is a way of recognising lip shapes and patterns – as well as facial expressions and context – to help make sense of conversations.
‘Stories for Lipreading’ provides films of short stories being read aloud by trained lipreading tutors. There are printable sheets to accompany each film, so lipreaders can choose how much support they want in reading each story.
‘Stories for Lipreading’ is ideal for more experienced lipreaders, says Meg Finlayson, one of the lipreading tutors who helped to set up the project. ‘It can give them the chance to practise lipreading longer phrases – with the big advantage that you can pause and rewind the film if you lose the thread. If only life was like that!’
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GP and hospital appointments can be difficult for us. To make communication easier, the NHS (in England only) has introduced a clear process to make sure people who are deaf or hard of hearing can communicate well when they need NHS care or publicly funded adult social care.
To help you explain what support you need, Action on Hearing Loss have produced a template letter for you to send to your GP practice manager, or a card which you can fill in and give to the receptionist the next time you’re at the surgery.
Letter from Molly Berry, ATLA Chair, printed in the Guardian, 6 June 2016
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.