Lip-reading can be very beneficial to people who have had hearing loss their entire life, or if they are just now experiencing it later in life. If hearing loss is something that came later in life, lip-reading may come very easy to you. Lip-reading can help you fill in the blanks of the words you didn’t hear when speaking to someone.
The act of lip-reading is having your eyes help your ears understand everything, and through that, you will be able to understand what people are saying better. It is also important to pay attention to facial expressions and body language. You can tell a lot about what someone is saying by what their face looks like.
With the fast pace way of life, there are some downfalls of lip-reading. Many people talk very fast and slur their speech, making it more difficult to tell consonants apart, and focus on specific words. If you find this happening, don’t be afraid to ask people, to slow down their speech and annunciate their words more clearly. Ask them to face you, speak clearly, and annunciate their words.
Just like all things, lip-reading takes practice and time. If you are concerned you may have hearing loss, be sure to check out the symptoms for hearing loss.