have you ever been in a situation where you couldn’t hear or understand in a crowded, noisy room? it happens to most of us occasionally, but did you know that one in every five Canadian adults has hearing loss enough to impact their daily communication in some way?
although directly affecting twenty percent of the population, hearing loss is often misunderstood and can contribute to many communication challenges and social barriers. many people withdraw from activities and social interactions they enjoy when they no longer hear as well as they used to.
the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association’s new social enterprise Read Our Lips aims to remove some of these communication and social barriers through innovation and education.
Read Our Lips is an online course that teaches lip reading skills to anyone who is interested. lip reading, an important part of overall speechreading, is a beneficial support to other types of hearing technology, like hearing aids, which are not always a perfect solution, particularly in noisy listening environments. in the Read Our Lips course, participants learn to recognize and identify movements of the mouth, teeth, lips and jaw to increase their comprehension of spoken communication. the Read Our Lips course also provides information about hearing loss and other helpful strategies for successfully living with reduced hearing.
training in lip reading and speechreading is not new, but the online format can reach people no matter where they are in the Province, or the world. the Read Our Lips online course removes barriers of location, transportation, mobility, and timing. by making the Read Our Lips course available to virtually everyone in the province and beyond with access to a computer, tablet or smartphone and a high-speed internet connection, it benefits communities everywhere.
proceeds from the Read Our Lips course support the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador’s many programs and services, including programming for children and adults with hearing loss, and their families.