Chronicle of a deaf audiologist

Learning How to Read Lips No. 5

Learning how to lipread is all about restricting the possibilities.

This is a shared responsibility.

Since communication is a two way street, clear communication is ALWAYS a shared responsibility. As a speaker, I can limit the possibilities when the other person is having difficulty understanding. I can say, “I am talking about my career aspirations,” or “I am talking about why I have always wanted to be a chef.” As a listener, I can ask for the options to be narrowed down by saying, “I got the first part about wanting to be a chef, but what did you say after that?”

Try it out below! See what your speechreading ability is 🙂



  • Photo credit:  © Alan Fortune

    Sandra Vandenhoff

    Dr. Sandra Vandenhoff is an audiologist with hearing loss, founder of HEARa, Hearing Rehabilitation teacher, and Canadian author, who does not remember saying on her first day of wearing hearing aids: "Mom, I can hear my shoelaces!"

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