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