Lip reading classes

  • What is lip reading?

    Lip reading is 'seeing the sound of speech' – the movements of the lips and the tongue, together with facial expression and body language are all clues for the lip reader. The lip reader will also observe the syllables, the natural flow, the rhythm and phrasing and the stress of speech.

  • Is lip reading important?

    Yes. Having a hearing loss makes speech sounds quieter, distorted or both. Lip reading is invaluable, it will help considerably in 'receiving' the message. Learning to lip read not only helps with communication but improves self confidence.

    For severely or totally deafened people lip reading may be the only possible means of everyday communication.

  • Is lip reading difficult?

    Yes. Some people do find lip reading difficult, but do not be discouraged; once you have developed your lip reading skills you will be more likely to take part in everyday communication with family, friends and colleagues, and also take part in conversations you might have previously avoided.

    Lip reading helps to overcome the isolation which can all too easily result from having a hearing loss.

  • Are there any limitations?
    Yes. Not all words are easy to lip read, and some people talk very fast, or mumble, or cover their mouths when they speak, so we learn other strategies to help us cope when this is the case.
  • Can I improve my lip reading skill?
    Learning to lip read takes time, patience and understanding, but the rewards are immense; and while you learn you are improving your confidence, lessening your feelings of isolation, and enhancing and strengthening your communication ability.

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Lip reading plays an important role in building the confidence of people with a hearing loss who have been struggling to follow conversations during social
occasions or at work.

It can help people 'fill in the gaps' of speech they’re not hearing clearly by showing the lip shapes, gestures and facial movements, which can give vital visual clues about what is being said.

There are a series of local lip reading classes across the region run by Suffolk Hearing Advisory Service and Norfolk County Council.

Below we have compiled a list of local lip reading classes available across Norfolk and Suffolk. 

Please note that these classes may be subject to change, booking is also essential so we recommend that you call the appropriate organisation to confirm details.

 

Suffolk Hearing Advisory Service

You will learn to observe lip patterns, movements of the tongue, jaw and facial expressions. Gradually you will be able to put them all together enabling you to interpret what is being said.

Available to people of all ages you can learn at your own pace and be supported to achieve your goals. You and your teacher will set your own individual learning plan and regularly review your progress.

By the end of your course you and your teacher will be able to clearly see how much you have achieved. You will be able to understand your learning journey and celebrate your success.


Where the group meets

Town 

Address

Day & Time

Level 

Beccles

Quaker Meeting House, 15a Smallgate.

Thursday 10am-12pm

 MIXED

Bury St Edmunds

Deaf Centre,
28 Northgate Street,
Bury St Edmunds,
IP33 1HY

Monday 2pm-4pm

 MIXED

ONLINE - (ZOOM)

Internet

 Tuesday 6pm - 7pm

 BEGINNER

ONLINE - (ZOOM) 

Internet

 Monday 6pm - 7pm 

ADVANCED

Lowestoft

Lowestoft & District Deaf Society,
Blackheath Road,           
Lowestoft, NR33 7JG      

 Friday 10am - 12pm

 MIXED

Woodbridge

The Library,
New Street,
Woodbridge, IP12 1DT

 Monday 1:30pm - 3:30pm

MIXED 

NEW – BEGINNER CLASS TO START OVER THE SUMMER – CONTACT US FOR DETAILS 01473 286060.


Price: 

£7.50 per session or £6.00 for concessions (65+ or any disability or work related benefit claimants)

How to find out more

Contact the group's organiser, Maria Waller, on 01473 286060 or maria.waller@hhas.org.uk to find out more and check availability. 



Norfolk County Council

The course consists of 3 terms of 9 weeks and all sessions are classroom based. 

Throughout the course you will be taught by a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, listening practice, practical working in groups/pairs, discussions and demonstrations of practical equipment that can help in a variety of situation

Dates and locations

Location  

Address 

Course start dates 

Aylsham                                          

Jubilee Family Centre,
Aylsham,
Norwich, NR11 6JQ

2021 DATES TBC

Dereham

Breckland Business Centre,
St Withburga Lane,
Dereham, NR19 1FD                                              

2021 DATES TBC

Norwich

Adelaide Street Health Centre,
19 Adelaide St,
Norwich, NR2 4JL

2021 DATES TBC

 

New Victory Hall,
88 Street Hill,
Norwich, NR12 8XG

2021 DATES TBC

 

Wensum Lodge,
169 King St,
Norwich, NR1 1QW

2021 DATES TBC

 

Sprowston Diamond Centre,
School Lane,
Norwich NR7 8TR

2021 DATES TBC


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