Language & Communication13th October 2013

Lip-Speaking explained

A brief introduction to Lip-Speaking

by Lesley Weatherson


It is difficult to say how many people lip-read. Everybody lip-reads to some extent, especially in noisy situations such as the pub, but getting the gist of a conversation and understanding every word, are entirely different things. As people develop a hearing loss, they usually rely increasingly on lip-reading, sometimes without even realising it. When this happens, their level of understanding will depend on the level and type of their hearing loss and how well they learn to lip-read.


A lip-speaker is a hearing person who has been professionally trained to be easy to lip-read. Lip-speakers reproduce clearly the shapes of the words and the natural rhythm and stress used by the speaker. They also use facial expression, gesture and, if requested, finger spelling, to aid the lip-reader’s understanding. This practise is known as lip-speaking.

Some lip-speakers have sign language skills and can offer lip-speaking with sign language support if requested by the lip-reader. A lip-speaker may be asked to use their voice, using clear communication techniques, thus enabling the lip-reader to benefit from any residual hearing. If necessary, lip-speakers can relay a deaf person’s voice.

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Article by Lesley Weatherson

posted in Community / Language & Communication

13th October 2013