I Speak Lip Reading

 I Speak Lip Reading

I speak lip reading.

Lip reading is definitely a language all its own. How can that be? If American Sign Language is the second language for the Deaf, then lip reading is the second language for the hard of hearing. Both are a part of the natural    language for disabled people.

As “seeing ears” are eyes to the blind, so “hearing eyes” are ears for the hard of hearing. The eyes become the third ear for the hard of hearing and ears become the third eye for the blind.

Lip reading takes the English language to a higher level through visualization of words. You already know the language; now you will learn it from the visual point of view.

The speaking voice moves dozens of muscles per second for each sound spoken. The average person does not think of all the movements that go into producing a word or a sentence.

We will analyze the various movements for sounds and show each student how to teach himself the art of lip reading. There are some simple techniques to make this happen taught at the Lip Reading Academy.

941 colleges across America are teaching American Sign Language to 91,000 students. Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C. has reported that only 500,000 Deaf Americans speak sign language.

There are more than 50 million Americans who suffer mild to moderate hearing loss and need help communicating with lip reading. No college in America offers lip reading as an alternative to sign language. Most hard of hearing people do not want to learn signs because there no one available to speak with them.

As for me, I Speak Lip Reading

David M. Harrison, Hearing Loss Support Specialist



Chattanooga Theatre Centre Offers Captioning for Hearing Impaired


The Chattanooga Theatre Centre will offer captioning on Thursday, February 19, 2015


The Chattanooga Theatre Centre offers captioning for the hearing impaired for one night only.


Good News for people with hearing loss who don’t like to attend a stage production. On Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7 p.m. “Into the Woods” will be playing at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre for people with hearing loss. This evening the entire production including the music will be real-time captioned on the big screen near the stage.

 A captionist will be sitting on the front row typing all the words spoken and sung.  The words appears as they are spoken. You will not miss a word at this exciting production. Pick a seat and enjoy the theatre once again.

 Call early to reserve your tickets for this special event 423-267-8534. You can park across the street for a dollar or two, I think. You can order on line at TheatreCentre.com. This is a sample of what the caption looks like.


“Into the Woods” is the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine that intertwines the plots of several fairy tales and follows them to their unnatural conclusions. A young maiden called Cinderella, an abstracted boy named Jack, his mother, the giant he upsets, a childless baker and his wife, Rapunzel, a couple of princes, a witch, Little Red Riding Hood, and the wolf all find themselves in the woods, where they are forced to face their fears, and learn a few lessons along the way. It is recommended for pre-teens and above.

This is the international symbol for hearing accessibility for the hearing impaired. It tells the public that this place is equipped to assist those with hearing loss to communicate.


Meet the Hearing Loss Community of Knobhill, Tennessee

Meet the Hearing Loss Community of Knobhill, Tennessee

Knobhill, TN


Meet The Hearing Loss Community of Knobhill, TN.

In writing a book on hearing loss, I was given an assignment to describe my audience in order to generate a deep passion for them. Who are they? Where do they work? Describe their social life, home life, hobbies and other interests. Define the market of your book. What do they all have in common? What do they want from your book?

It was hard for me to visualize a typical reader or develop compassion for people I couldn’t see. I decided to make an object lesson that would make my reading audience real and meaningful to me.

On my desk, I have a collection of antique door knobs that my neighbor was throwing away. To create my audience in my mind, I took the doorknobs and lined them up across my desk. With some stickers I drew faces and put them on the shaft of the door knobs. Then on pointer stickers I put names of real friends with hearing loss for the arms. Now I have a community of friends with hearing loss called Knobites from Knobhill, TN.

The community of Knobhill, TN does not exist geographically, but it does exist in my heart. People with hearing loss are my personal passion. Many of the folks of Knobhill are professional people: doctors, nurses, teachers, pastors, business owners, and home makers. Some of them are children in school, college and others are retired.

Many of my friends of Knobhill, TN have one thing in common; Hearing loss. All degrees of hearing loss. Every one of them faces many challenges and communication break downs. It affects their relationships, jobs, education, social and family life.

These wonderful Knobite figures helped me get a handle (pun intended) on what my book should contain. They are my angels of mercy, my critics and helpers in what I need to describe and share.

What do all of them want from me? What can I give them that will help them communicate better?  Love and care when others snub them… Understanding when friends and families do not seem to care… comfort in difficult times…encouragement when others ridicule and complain… someone who is patient and caring…someone who will repeat the punch line or important facts. Whatever your need for hearing, we hope you will find it here.

This is what you will find from your friends in the hearing loss community of Knobhill, TN.

Our hearing loss will never go away. We need help and wisdom to get us through the day. We need an alternative method of communication when our hearing aids fail us. We are a community of peer supporters for all who visit.

My friend, welcome to the hearing loss community of Knobhill, TN. Join our family as we initiate a Hear Now Revolution.  The title of the book will be released soon. Watch for it.

Until The Trumpet Sounds: LET MY PEOPLE HEAR!            

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David M. Harrison, Budding Author

P.S. Write me a note about what you think of the idea and what would you like to see in the book.

   Dear friend,  I am writing a book to help and encourage the Hearing Loss community. We will be offering a number of solutions to overcome hearing problems we face everyday. If you have experienced a difficult hearing situation and found a solution, share it with us. If we use your story in the book, we will acknowledge you by name and present you with free copy of the book.

letmypeoplehear@yahoo.com  Put in the subject line, “Solution.”