Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss

Ref: C3530121

This term's focus is on the letter shapes made on the lips by the consonants in our speech. These shapes, along with practicing to spot other visual clues give the lipreader tools to help them communicate and therefore build the confidence to take part in social activities often abandoned as hearing deteriorates. The class is designed to be relaxed; a safe place to share tips and information with others in the same situation. Learning will be at each group members own pace, using a variety of exercises and activities to suit all. Leave stress at the door.

Course aim

To develop the theory underpinning lipreading, and to practice lip reading skills to build confidence for those losing their hearing, to aid communication and quality of life.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Recognise visable consonant lipshapes used in everyday speech
  • know the fingerspelling alphabet and how to apply it as an aid to communication
  • Use techniques and stratagies to support my hearing loss
  • Develop memory and observation skills to apply to my lipreading practice

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Your improved confidence could lead to a greater rnage of activities. Possibly back to work, more courses or improved social life.

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Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss

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