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Can you read my lips?


Lipreading is a common technique used by people who have – or are developing – hearing loss. But, lipreading and straining to hear can be hard work.

“Can You Read My Lips?” is an immersive short video about lip-reading based on the essay “Seeing at the Speed of Sound” by Rachel Kolb, who narrates and stars in the piece.

Watch her account on what it’s like to use one sense to do the work of another.

As mentioned in the video, there are many different ways to communicate – whether lipreading, sign language or speech. But, hearing aids also play an important role in helping people fully communicate.

In the future, hearing aids may even be able to take some of this strain off people with hearing loss, by “lipreading” themselves. Phonak was recently in the news for working with a  team of scientists and clinicians to develop this innovative technology.

“Existing commercial hearing aids are capable of working on an audio-only basis, but the next-generation audio-visual model we want to develop will intelligently track the target speaker’s face for visual cues, like lip reading These will further enhance the audio sounds that are picked up and amplified by conventional hearing aids.” – Prof Amir Hussain, BBC, “University team developing lip-reading hearing aid”


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The HearingLikeMe editorial team includes Jill Blocker von Bueren and Lisa Goldstein.