Communicate more confidently with others when you have a hearing loss
Lipreading is the skill that is used when you are deaf or hard of hearing to help you follow what other people are saying.
Lipreading involves piecing together what you hear with the mouth shapes and patterns you see, and using other clues from facial expressions, body language, and the context you are in to make sense of spoken communication.
Developing good lipreading skills has been shown to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing be more confident when communicating with others, reducing social isolation.
Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss classes explore in detail the different sounds and shapes made during speech, how to interpret them and use other clues to understand what a speaker is saying. It provides an opportunity for people with a hearing loss to share their experiences, support and learn from each other. NESS runs lipreading classes in Aberdeen and Elgin.
“When I first started to lose my hearing, I felt very isolated and would avoid contact with others. Then I found out about the lipreading classes at NESS. Two years later, I now will initiate a conversation. I am much more assertive, and I am so much happier.” Marion Aberdeen
What do the participants say?
“My daughter now tells my grandchildren to face me when they’re talking to me.” -T.B.S, Inverurie
“Particularly helpful in highlighting coping strategies i.e. where to sit in a room, asking a definite question rather than for a repeat.”- S.M.
“Has helped me to cope with everyday life situations that have constantly caused misunderstandings. Lots of tips and tricks.” – P.D.
Frequently asked questions
Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss classes are structured sessions designed to help people living with hearing loss to feel more confident when communicating with others. NESS runs classes run in Aberdeen and Elgin.
We are not able to run classes at the moment, because of the restrictions in place and the need to wear facemasks, which hinder lipreading and communication. We plan to resume the Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss Classes as soon as it is safe to do so, and restrictions allow.
Normally, classes are held on regular days and times at NESS in John Street, Aberdeen and in NESS’s Resource Centre at Elizabeth House, Victoria Crescent, in Elgin. Sometimes, groups are held in other venues.
The Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss classes involve presentations, games, exercises and chat all in a supportive environment.
You will find out about the types and causes of hearing loss and get practical information and advice on hearing aids and other equipment.
You will learn to recognise visible lip shapes and develop coping strategies for different situations, while being able to share tips with others who are having similar experiences.
Classes are very popular and can become over-subscribed. At such times we may have to operate a waiting list. Classes are kept small so that we can create a good listening environment. If you are interested in joining a lip-reading class, please get in touch.
Brenda Allan or Brigitte Marshall at NESS
Lipreading classes in Aberdeen
Various days and times
Alternate Wednesdays 10.30 – 12.30