Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss

Ref: C3529064

Manage your hearing loss by improving your communication skills through lipreading and coping strategies. You will learn the shapes made on the lips by different speech sounds and how to use clues from the context of a conversation. You will meet others with varying degrees of hearing loss and will have the chance to discuss experiences and share tips. Lipreading classes help to build confidence and lessen the feelings of isolation that often come with hearing loss. Classes are informal and friendly. Information will be available on equipment and support services.There is a break for tea and coffee.

Course aim

To increase confidence in communication through learning and practising lipreading techniques and coping strategies. To keep up-to-date with information on services and equipment for people with hearing loss.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recognise some of the lipshapes for the vowel sounds
  • Develop communication tactics to maximise your lipreading and listening
  • Recognise the limitations of lipreading
  • Identify equipment and support services available for people with hearing loss

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • A notebook and pen would be useful

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Regular lipreading practice is recommended and students can enrol for further lipreading courses if they wish.

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Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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