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February 3, 2005

Lipreading for the Hearing Impaired - Not Spies

From: (press release) - Feb 3, 2005

(2005-02-03) Hear Path / Hearpath

Lipreading is a skill that can be learned by those with Hearing Loss. Hear Path Audiology in New York is one venue for learning.

Wouldn't it be amazing to just look at people from across the street and know what they are saying? Some may think that is really how lipreading works, but that's just not the case. The same lips that make a 'b' sound make a 'p' sound. You have to have a lot of experience to understand the words in the context of a thought. Being deaf or having had hearing loss for many years forces individuals to learn lipreading.

Hear Path Audiology ( offers lipreading training to people whose hearing loss is more recent. Audiologist Strauss says "lipreading is something you come to because you have to. Hearing aids may not completely help one to understand, but along with lipreading, are tools to having better communication."

A website called has the following fictional idea of lipreading:

"Grow a moustache into the shape of a curtain to cover mouth (using concealed draw strings to close) for a whole host of slightly suspicious reasons. Dye moustache to preferred colour/pattern and add hem for support :) 1) Thwart the efforts of dastardly lipreading spies, intent on discovering your plans."

The lipreading taught by Strauss and other audiologists may provide more practical benefits.

Sorry you ex-soviet spies.

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