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Are you waiting for a cochlear implant?

Are you waiting for a cochlear implant? Here’s something you can do while you wait. Read some books in print that you can later access as audiobooks (from the library, Audible, Kobo, etc.). After your CI activation, listen to the audiobooks, choosing the reader you find easiest to understand. Listen without re-reading the text, at […]

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Learning How to Read Lips No. 6

I never thought I would have the courage to sing online! Yikes. See video clip below for a quick substitution practice. Substitution practice is a critical skill when you’re learning how to read lips.     If you would like to learn more, try my free Lipreading Challenge on YouTube! I also offer one-on-one instruction […]

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Auditory processing speed is not fixed!

When it comes to processing speed, you are not stuck with the factory settings. With normal, healthy aging, auditory processing speed slows down. This affects how well you can “keep up” with conversations in noisy listening environments. But you can improve processing speed with auditory training! If you can keep up with the conversation more […]

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Learning How to Read Lips No. 9

Lipreading instruction helps you to learn how to make educated guesses. If you know which sounds look alike, you can make a quick substitution in your mind when the first thing you see or hear doesn’t make sense. Try this example with the Beatles song, “Yesterday.”     Information about lipreading classes can be found […]

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Learning How To Read Lips No. 7

Anyone who has difficulty with hearing would benefit from learning some lipreading theory. When you know which sounds look alike, you can make an educated guess if you have some foundation in the theory. Check out my free Lipreading Challenge on YouTube, or learn how to read lips in an online group class! (Click […]

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Is everyone mumbling? You might have hearing loss

It can be frustrating for a significant other to be accused of mumbling. Hearing loss can make common, everyday words difficult to recognize. Most people who have permanent, age related, or noise induced hearing loss usually have a sloping hearing loss, which means they don’t hear the high pitch sounds clearly. Consonant sounds are high […]

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When You’re Learning How to Read Lips No. 4

When you are learning how to lipread, it can be really helpful to get some instruction on lipreading theory. For example, knowing which sounds look alike can be helpful. If the first thing you see doesn’t make sense, then you can do a quick substitution of another sound. This takes practice in addition to knowledge […]

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I created a Lipreading Challenge on YouTube

I created a Lipreading Challenge to provide quality, free content for people who would benefit. What do I get out of it? I am hoping to find PWHL (people with hearing loss) who want to learn even more. Playlist for Lipreading Challenge here. Check out my online classes at

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Learning How to Read Lips No.3

Knowing the topic can be really helpful when you are learning how to read lips. If you know the topic, you can anticipate the vocabulary that is associated with that topic. So if you miss a couple of words, you can fill in the blanks more easily! Try it out! Click on the play button […]

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This is what I wish more people understood about hearing loss rehabilitation

There is so much more to hearing rehabilitation than hearing aids. Hearing aids are a good step in hearing loss rehabilitation. But hearing aids are not the ONLY step. For people who are not yet ready for hearing aids, there are other options for rehabilitation, such as auditory training, lipreading instruction, and learning about communication […]

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Areas of interest for hearing improvement

Choose an area of interest to explore ways to improve your hearing

  • General

    Wide variety of insights and experiences related to hearing and everyday living.

  • Communication Strategies

    Information specific to speaking with others resulting in clarity and understanding.

  • Skill Development

    Information specific to developing skills that help improve hearing.

  • Hearing Aids

    Information specific to purchasing and wearing hearing aids.

  • For Significant Others

    Information specific to spouses, partners, family and friends of people with hearing difficulties.

  • For Hearing Care Professionals

    Information specific to those who work in the hearing care industry.

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