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By: Helen Perry MSc/Lipreading Tutor 

Lipreading – what’s it all about?

Lipreading is a skill often naturally acquired when an individual experiences hearing loss, in fact even people with good hearing use lip movements, facial expression and gesture to aid communication. Now everyone is wearing a mask we are realising how much we rely on these visual clues!

If Lipreading is a skill that can be acquired naturally; why attend a class? Well, lipreading lessons are found to dramatically improve self-confidence and communication skills.

Classes are fun, very relaxed, and friendly with no desks, tests or exams to complete.  Students learn the different lip shapes, we observe and practice these lip shapes with lots of different exercises, but we also learn how to use context, residual hearing and our knowledge of language to help improve communication.

We spend a good portion of time discussing how to manage hearing loss.  We cover listening and communications tactics, how to be more assertive about telling people you have a hearing problem, the limitations of hearing aids and how to get the most out of them.  We talk about assistive listening devices, apps and services that are available to assist them. Guest speakers will often attend to inform and educate students about services and assistance available to support them.

The classroom environment means that the participants will benefit from shared experiences, good and bad.  Friendships form, students learn from each other, the social aspect of the lessons means that confidence improves, learners don’t feel so alone, they realise that everyone in the class struggles to hear in a restaurant or in the car.

Having to communicate with others who have hearing loss helps students appreciate how difficult it can be for family and friends to communicate with them.  Classes can be empowering because students are learning a practical skill to help themselves, this promotes independence and self-worth.

COVID 19 means that local face to face classes have for the time being had to be cancelled, but the City Lit college are running online classes; beginner’s courses are due to start in November.

To express your interest in learning to lipread and to find out more about my classes, contact me, Helen Perry: helenperry121@hotmail.com or to find out more about various classes in the county: visit: www.atlalipreading.org.uk

Details of City Lit beginners lipreading courses can also be found here:

www.citylit.ac.uk/search/go?w=beginners+lipreading

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6 JANUARY 2021
UPDATE FROM HEARING HELP ESSEX

As we enter another difficult and challenging period with lockdown Hearing Help Essex is committed to ensuring that we keep our clients, volunteers and staff as safe as possible throughout the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over 500 individuals access our face to face services each month, and many of our Clients are considered to be in a vulnerable group identified by the World Health Organisation. Therefore, we are once again, following Government guidelines having to take the difficult decision to cancel our drop-in sessions, home visits, and All Ears events until further notice.

Please be reassured that we continue to closely monitor the Public Health authorities guidance to ensure that we keep our service users, volunteers, and staff safe.

We are pleased to say that we are able to operate a covid-safe service for NHS Hearing Aid Cleaning and Re-tubing currently at five venues across the County. These are strictly by appointment only and we cannot accept any ‘walk-in’ service users. The venue locations are:

Hearing Help Essex Resource Centre in Central Chelmsford (All Mid, West and South Essex Patients)

St Michael’s Hospital, Braintree (Mid-Essex Patients)

Plantation Hall, Heybridge (Mid-Essex Patients)

Dipple Medical Centre, Pitsea (Basildon/Orsett Patients)

Stansted Free Church, Stansted (West Essex Patients)

Please contact us on info@hearinghelpessex.org.uk if you would like an appointment for NHS Hearing Aid re-tubing, cleaning, and basic maintenance at the Resource Centre with the following details.

Full name, address, date of birth, telephone number
Preferred day & time of appointment
How many hearing aid/s
Type of aid – mould made to fit your ear or Open Fit (small dome in the ear)
Hospital where aid/s issued
Reason for requesting an appointment.

If you would prefer to call us to discuss our telephone number is 01245 496347 or text on 07950 406173. Our phone lines are quite busy at the moment so the quickest way to contact us is via email. 

If you think your hearing needs testing, or if your hearing aids need adjusting, or you need an ear mould etc. please do contact your hospital Audiology department direct to discuss this.

As usual, our service remains completely free of charge to access, but as a small charity working hard to support residents of Essex living with hearing loss, all donations are appreciated.

Further updates will be posted on our website www.hearinghelpessex.org.uk and also on our social media channels.

WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A TELEPHONE, TEXT, EMAIL, LIVE CHAT, AND SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION, ADVICE, AND GUIDANCE SERVICE TO THOSE IN NEED.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, OR REQUIRE ADVICE ABOUT MANAGING YOUR HEARING LOSS, OR HEARING AID MAINTENANCE, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT OUR FRIENDLY TEAM.

PHONE: 01245 496347

TEXT: 07950 406 173

EMAIL: INFO@HEARINGHELPESSEX.ORG.UK

WEBSITE: WWW.HEARINGHELPESSEX.ORG.UK

 

 

 

 

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