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So you think lipreading is easy?

Posted: 16th December 2015

Hearing loss is a very common health condition: it is the third most common health condition in adults, and the most common in people aged over 70!

A lot of people think that it is easy for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to learn to lipread… but the video below demonstrates clearly that lipreading is not easy… and often impossible!

Before watching the video, some facts about lipreading:

  • It is estimated that only 30–35% of spoken English is distinguishable on the lips. This means that lipreading requires a lot of guesswork.

  • Lipreading requires a lot of concentration and effort, so it is very tiring.

  • For people who have lost their hearing, hearing aids are a big help. Researchers in Manchester found that people with hearing loss using their residual hearing only understood 21% of speech; those using hearing aids or lipreading understood 64%; while those using hearing aids and lipreading understood 90%.



Some Tips for Lipreading Before starting the conversation:

  • Find a quiet place
  • Tell the person you are lipreading them and to face you
  • Sit or stand at the same level as the other person’s face
  • Make sure the light is on their face
  • Be clear what the convesation is about
  • If you miss something, ask the person to repeat it!
  • Don’t overdo it… lipreading is tiring


Over 250,000 adults in Ireland have a significant hearing loss, but less than a third have hearing aids.

If you think you may have a hearing loss,
consider getting a hearing test as soon as possible!

For more information, visit




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