GDA's lip-reading challenge - the answers...
** Contains spoilers **
As part of our Deaf Awareness Week involvement, we've shared a lip-reading challenge for you to have a go at.
If you haven't had a go yet, why not test your lip-reading skills by clicking here, and then come back here for the answers.
So, how many did you get right? The answers are:
If you got all nine right, well done! The truth is, most people will find lip-reading hard - it's underestimated just how difficult lip-reading can be. But despite it's challenging nature, lip-reading really is an essential life skill for anyone with hearing loss.
Lip-reading is a skill that allows a person to 'listen' to a speaker by watching their face to figure out their speech patterns, movements, gestures and expressions. Often called "a third ear", lip-reading goes beyond simply reading the lips of a speaker to decipher individual words.
During classes, held at GDA, the group looks at the groups of different lip-shapes - exploring a different group each week, and various exercises are planned to practise reading them and comparing them to other shapes. The exercises may take the form of short sentences, longer prose pieces, games or group work. They do these exercises by speaking ‘without voices’, so that no other cues can be used. The level of difficulty varies to cater for the beginner and more experienced lip-reader.
Due to the current situation with Coronavirus, GDA's lip-reading classes are suspended for the time being. In the meantime if you'd like to find out more about lip-reading and what it entails in a blog posted by lip-reading tutor, Tanya Harper, click here.
Keep posted for more information coming throughout the week, to help you be more deaf aware.