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Lipreading “I Love You”

My earliest ‘lipreading’ moment came in elementary school when a kid ran up to me asking me to lipread him; it looked like “I love you”. I was startled with the idea of lipreading and the possible proclamation. He wanted me to guess. I was hesitant. I knew it had to be WRONG. He insisted so I said it, “I love you???” The kid laughed and said, “No! It was olive oil,” and he ran off. Ha ha ha, the joke’s on me!

green stripey background. 
Similar Visual Patterns:
I love you
Elephant shoes
olive juice
white hearing loss live logo with 3 leaves.

I love you. We see it all the time (hopefully). It’s easy to see on the lips, even for hearing kids, like I used to be. This proves that hearing people use lipreading to some degree also. For Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fun to write about how “I love you” can look like different things on the lips.

There are more misinterpretations, I remembered from an unrelated internet search on something which led me to this discovery. “I love you” also looks similar to “elephant shoes”. Instead of the “olive oil/I love you” that I grew up with, there’s “olive juice” which looks closer to “I love you” than “olive oil”. 

Go ahead. Look in the mirror repeating all 3 phrases without voice. There’s not that much difference.  

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12 Days of Christmas for Hearing Loss

Let’s take a look at the 12 Days of Christmas with a hearing loss theme. Our friend Gloria Pelletier helped us craft this song.

HoH HoH HoH! Sing along with us… 

HoH = Hard of Hearing

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Is Lipreading Possible?

Is lipreading possible? Yes it is! We all lipread to some degree, hard of hearing and hearing people too. It is possible to improve your communication by learning the lipreading strategies.

Is it 100% accurate? No, there are too many variants. Some people really do mumble. Others who don’t move their lips. There are men with big bushy mustaches and beards and there are people who are monotone. Yes, that affects ‘lipreading’ too, and much more. 

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Hearing Loss Gifts 2023

What are meaningful gifts for people with hearing loss? Gifts that give more access to communication! There’s a variety of ways to improve communication outcomes:

  • Learning new communication strategies. Hearing aids are a great start, but more is needed to be successful with hearing loss.
  • Technology, there’s more than ever available.
  • Services. Being able to point people to services is also a gift. 
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Lipreading for Beginners

Here’s the first big tip for lipreading beginners: Lipreading is not just what’s on the lips. That’s a common misconception because of the name itself, “lipreading”. To move beyond this misconception, the term “speechreading” was coined. This is a little better because it says we use our remaining hearing but it still focuses too much on the mouth, voice and lip shapes. 

Why aren’t we using the term speechreading then? Because the majority of the population knows the term lipreading. When Chelle goes into public and says she uses speechreading, she gets a lot of blank looks. Lipreading it is until we all come up with a better name for it and that becomes widely known.