As a basis for the research project, we funded a beginners’ lipreading and managing hearing loss class. We interviewed our class members about their experiences and we also asked them to take an exercise to assess their lipreading ability.
Key findings include:
- Lipreading is a definable skill that can be acquired and developed. Every class member who completed the course demonstrated a measurable improvement in their lipreading ability over its duration.
- Participants developed knowledge of additional communication tactics to support lipreading, including how to influence the communication environment and increased awareness of assistive equipment and services.
- Participants demonstrated that, as a result of attending the course, they were:
- more in control of facilitating and improving communication
- able to act independently to facilitate communication
- more proactive and confident about communicating.
Participants reported positive changes in different areas of their life as a result of the learning from the course. Examples of how the course had benefited class members in their day-to-day life included:
- improved management of hearing loss overall
- being able to better manage work meetings
- less likely to find social activities isolating.
You can download the executive summary for an overview of the findings and recommendations.