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How to learn lip reading

Updated April 17, 2017

Lip reading is a technique that people use to understand speech through looking at the face, lips and tongue and not having to hear what a person is saying. It is used by many people who are losing their hearing, but can also be mastered by nondeaf people.

Video and DVD

An efficient and inexpensive way to learn lip reading is to purchase a set of videos or DVDs that will help you master the necessary skills. The video or DVD program lets people go at their own pace, repeating sections or exercises if necessary while doing so in a comfortable setting at home. The videos will teach people to better understand when someone is talking to them in a noisy situation, and will aid in discriminating sounds, words and phrases.

Computer Program

Another way to learn lip reading is through computer programs. These programs are more interactive than videos and allow the user to see lips in many different positions while going through the exercises at an even slower pace. Users can zoom in on the lips' positions to get a better understanding of what each phrase is; they can also repeat the exercises as many times as they want. Finally, they can test out of their skills with the computer telling them instantly if they are right or wrong.

Professional Lip Reader

Professional lip readers are a very valuable resource to use when learning the craft. Going to a weekly class with a professional lip reader will give you plenty of opportunity for actual interaction in real-life settings. Most people also feel more motivated and comfortable in a classroom setting. Professional lip readers can also give you instant feedback and corrections. The services for professional lip readers are not cheap; this is the most expensive option for learning.

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About the Author

Dmitry Rashnitsov is a writer based out of Fort Lauderdale. His work has appeared in the "Sun-Sentinel" newspaper, "South Florida Blade" newspaper, "Cape Coral Daily Breeze," "411 Magazine," "South Florida CEO Magazine" and the Examiner.com web platform. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.