SPEECH READING CLASSES (LEVEL 1 AND 2)
Do you wear hearing aids or a cochlear implant and still struggle to communicate? Contrary to what many people think, hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive listening technology do not restore hearing to a normal range of hearing in the same way that lenses correct vision. Other communication strategies such a speech reading skills will greatly help to improve overall communication and enrich one’s daily life.
Often referred to as ‘lip reading’, speech reading is the ability to understand speech by observing visual cues such as the movement of the lips, tongue, jaw and facial expressions. Less than half of the spoken language is actually visible on a speaker’s lips. Speech reading is the more accurate term as it also involves observing other cues such as body language, gestures along with situational and context clues. It takes practice, but it can also be very rewarding. Anyone with a hearing loss will greatly benefit from speech reading classes.
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, Sudbury Branch currently offers Level 1 and Level 2 Speech Reading Classes. Each level consists of ten classes that are two hours each. They are available once a week for ten weeks or twice a week for five weeks and there is no charge for these classes. If you would like more information or to register, please contact us or check the events calendar section for our next class availability.
Be prepared to have some fun in our classes! People who have taken speech reading with CHHA-Sudbury Branch are pleasantly surprised to find there is much more going on than just speech reading in our classes.
Over the ten classes a wealth of information on other communication strategies are covered. These may include listening in difficult situations, telephones, assistive listening devices, hearing aids and much more. Speech reading classes are fun and a wonderful opportunity to meet others with hearing loss.