Chronicle of a deaf audiologist

Use your Vision to Help you to Hear!

Hearing technology is better than ever before. And yet, at times, background noise can obscure what we want to hear. Why not use another dominant sense in communication – vision – to help figure out what we are missing?

One such strategy is SUBSTITUTION. If you know which sounds look alike, you can do a quick substitution in your mind when the first thing you see doesn’t make sense.

Try it! Watch this 8-second short video to find out some pairs of sounds that look alike. Then substitute the sounds in the sentences below. With practice, you can learn to do this in real time.

Take a Lipreading class to learn more strategies!

  1. Swans bait for life.
  2. I am the same hide as you.
  3. I veil to see the difference.



  • 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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