What is the course about?
Living with acquired hearing loss can have an impact on every aspect of your life. If your hearing loss has been caused by exposure to loud noise, you are probably missing some of the sounds which are needed to understand speech. Wearing a hearing aid can help, but doesn’t solve the problem - and can be particularly hard to manage with this type of hearing loss, particularly if you are coping with tinnitus as well. But some of the sounds you struggle to hear are visible on the lips - so developing lipreading skills can greatly improve communication. In this course you will practise recognising sounds that are visible on the lips but difficult to hear. You will also explore other skills and tactics to support lipreading and communication. All of this helps to build confidence in coping with hearing loss and reduce the impact of this invisible disability. The course will be delivered by a team, including tutors with an acquired hearing loss who have personal experience of living with the associated challenges.
What will we cover?
- Learn which sounds can be seen, which of those look alike - and why
- Develop an awareness of how to use other skills needed to lipread: memory, concentration, anticipation, awareness of rhythm, context, facial expression and body language.
- Develop communication tactics to maximise your lipreading and listening
- Explore assertiveness skills linked to coping with a hearing loss
- Discuss strategies and support for managing tinnitus
- Learn about assistive equipment available to help with TV, phone, meetings etc.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- recognise visible speech sounds and which consonants look alike on the lips
- understand the process of lipreading and the various skills used
- maximise your lipreading ability by understanding the factors that make lipreading easier
- use strategies to manage your hearing loss
- have an awareness of useful equipment and services available to support hearing loss
- have an awareness of strategies and support available to manage tinnitus.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will have an acquired hearing loss and use spoken English to communicate with others.
Straightforward written sentences are used in exercises and on the board to confirm spoken words. No previous experience of lipreading is necessary.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
In class there will be group work, pair work, practical work, lecture, demonstration and discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no materials or extra costs. You will find it helpful to bring a pen, notebook and A4 folder for handouts.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to move on to one of our higher level ‘Lipreading and managing hearing loss’ classes. You may also be interested in our short courses such as ‘Assertiveness and hearing loss’ and ‘Alexander Technique workshop for hard of hearing people’. The tutor can advise you at the end of your course.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details