For a person struggling to hear, lipreading can make a huge difference. It’s just one of the strategies we learn to help cope with hearing loss. Our experience shows that the earlier you take action, the better.
Volunteer teachers run sessions in Hearing Loss Management – which includes lipreading. They’re suitable for people with all types of hearing loss, from mild to profound.
Sessions are relaxed and friendly – we have fun while we help each other. Our students tell us what a great help they are for anyone with hearing aids or cochlear implants. They’re an excellent way to make an informed choice when buying hearing aids.
You may have a chance to compete in our Lipreading team.
Classes are each Tuesday during school terms. You can sign up at any time. We suggest you come to a couple to see if they will suit you.
Cost: BHA annual membership $40; Joint membership $50.
Classes $20 per term (covers the cost of handouts etc)
What others say
Lipreading Classes are a place where we can relax and laugh. Our lipreading mistakes are important because that’s how we learn. It’s a place where our confidence grows and friendships are made.
Friendship and help with coping with various problems caused by hearing disability. We have a lot of fun and make lnew friends. Our teachers are wonderful and help us to manage our hearing loss as best we can.
I’ve learnt not to fear losing my hearing because I meet people who have a lot of knowledge about hearing aids, etc. technology – plus good communication strategies. They all manage life brilliantly lipreading is only one of the many skills I’ve learnt in this class
Betty Edwards November 2017
Throughout my working life I’ve rarely confessed to having a hearing loss, fearing this would jeopardise my career opportunities.
My close friends and family knew but were not particularly aware of it, as I had adapted quite well to hearing with one ear. However as I got older, my hearing in my good ear deteriorated and I found it difficult to get the information I needed to do my job, which was mainly provided in meetings, so I had to start explaining my hearing loss at work. I was exhausted by the end of the day.
The BHA lipreading classes were not what I was not expecting. I overwhelmed by the sense of relief that I experienced in the class. Suddenly, I didn’t have to explain anything! The class members just nodded their understanding when I gave an overview of my hearing loss. A huge weight was lifted.
For me it is 90 minutes a week where I can be with my second ‘family’ who understand me and accept me as I am, no explanation needed!