Saturday, 29 September 2018

Failing the lip-reading test.



Short easy sentences in ideal surroundings, one on one, even then a 80% failure rate to lip-read effectively, this surely suggests current classes are non-viable, and tuition needs to be changed entirely? It's more an advert for captions/subtitling and sign than for lip-reading. 

It is recorded a 60% failure rate WITH a qualified lip-speaker.  It's time the lip-reading fraternity and associations addressed the fact in its current curriculum format, it is a non-option for deaf or HoH people as any sort of effective communication mode or assist, and get organised properly.  Lip-reading ISN'T a hobby class its supposed to be designed to assist and enable people with sensory loss.

Classes work only for the more able and not the most who are struggling.  Smaller classes, longer tuition (UK currently suggests a few months once a week for 2 hrs with a dozen others will do it!), a proper test to pass, classes by age, and more one on one help is needed for the most severe deaf and older, even then classes would have to install an 'on street' test bed for real effectiveness.

When asked what was the purpose of lip-reading classes? the teachers said, to encourage them to be with like with like and form social mini groupings, so, not to enable them to get out on the street then? Some sort of poor man's deaf community approach?  Until then, Text wins hands down, against lip-reading, or sign language.

I'm Deaf no-one wants to know.


Eh? Photo: iStock
A LONG time ago, I lost all my hearing on my right side. This causes me fewer problems than you might imagine but, whenever I meet new people, I have to ask them to stay on my left side because I’m deaf in one ear. 

Recently, I’ve noticed, people tend to respond, “Well, I’m deaf in both ears.” This is a strange thing to say, as clearly they are not deaf in both ears or they wouldn’t have heard what I’d said to them. It’s the equivalent of a two-legged man, standing upright, explaining to a one-legged man that he has no legs. 

What people seem to mean is they, too, have lost a bit of hearing. In times of confusion, I often looked to the wisdom of my grandad. “Whatever you’ve got wrong with you,” he told me, “there’s always some bugger who says he’s got it worse.” Not long after saying this, my grandad died of bronchitis. The weird thing is, people didn’t used to claim to be deafer than me. 

When I first went deaf in one ear, I could be certain people would respond to the news with the baffling consolation, “At least you didn’t go blind in one eye.” That’s true, I guess, but I would have preferred to lose my sense of smell from one nostril, if I’d been given the choice. Which I wasn’t. The other fact people like to share is that they know somebody else who’s deaf in one ear. So do I. 

My brother. So what? If I understand correctly, what the world is trying to say to me is: everybody is as deaf as me or (more likely) more deaf, so I’ve got nothing to moan about and, in fact, I should count my blessings as I’d obviously been earmarked (get it?) for partial blindness. But I wasn’t moaning in the first place. I was just asking people to SIT WHERE I COULD HERE THEM. 

Because another funny joke people used to make when I emailed or messaged them that I had gone deaf was to reply in CAPITAL LETTERS. Oh, how I laughed. Every single time. The second thing people do is suggest cures for my condition. They ask why I don’t use a hearing aid, just in case I hadn’t thought of that myself. I tell them my deafness is due to neural damage. Hearing aids are amplifiers and, if a nerve that “hears” is dead, there is nothing to amplify. And yes, I am aware of cochlear implants, but an implant won’t help me until the hearing in my “good” ear (which is still pretty rubbish) has deteriorated to a point where it is as bad as mechanical hearing. 

Otherwise, it would be too confusing, apparently. The other night I met a bloke whose friend was (of course) deaf in one ear. The friend had been to many unhelpful doctors until finally he found a specialist in something other than ears (I can’t remember what it was,) who diagnosed his deafness as due to a broken bone in the ear. The specialist glued the bone back together and his friend’s hearing was restored. He seemed to be suggesting I should go and see a carpenter. Then, halfway through writing this column, I left to interview a woman I hadn’t met before. 

I went through the please-sit-on-my-left performance. She responded with the usual had-I-considered-a-hearing-aid rigmarole. Even though I told her ONE hearing aid would be no use to me, she went on to offer some helpful advice on what I should do if I ever had to wear TWO hearing aids but lost one. 

All with hearing loss sign?

More misguided/misleading propaganda from the signing community, this time from the middle east.

If the law recognizes sign language as an official language like other languages spoken in the country and the language is used in educating deaf people and hard of hearing people many of their problems would be solved, ISNA quoted Akram Salimi as saying on Friday. 

Salimi made the remarks on the occasion of the first United Nations International Day of Sign Languages which is celebrated annually on September 23 as part of the International Week of the Deaf running between Monday September 24 and Sunday September 30, 2018.  International Day of Sign Languages took place under the theme of ‘With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!’ 

One of the major problems confronting people with hearing loss is the limited use of sign language in educational settings which result in increasing dropout rate among this group of people, she lamented. “In order to address this issue we have designed curriculums which suit people with hearing loss in association with literacy Movement Organization to help educate adult and youth dropouts with hearing loss,” Salimi explained. 

“We have also launched a campaign demanding recognition of sign language as an official language,” she said, adding that so far some 8,000 students with hearing loss have joined the campaign. 

If the law recognizes sign language as an official language like other languages spoken in the country and the language is used in educating deaf people and hard of hearing people many of their problems would be solved, ISNA quoted Akram Salimi as saying on Friday.   Salimi made the remarks on the occasion of the first United Nations International Day of Sign Languages which is celebrated annually on September 23 as part of the International Week of the Deaf running between Monday September 24 and Sunday September 30, 2018.

International Day of Sign Languages took place under the theme of ‘With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!’   One of the major problems confronting people with hearing loss is the limited use of sign language in educational settings which result in increasing dropout rate among this group of people, she lamented.

“In order to address this issue we have designed curriculums which suit people with hearing loss in association with literacy Movement Organization to help educate adult and youth dropouts with hearing loss,” Salimi explained. 

“We have also launched a campaign demanding recognition of sign language as an official language,” she said, adding that so far some 8,000 students with hearing loss have joined the campaign. 

ATR:  Such blanket statements need to be challenged.  Iran has no effective survey to determine how many are deaf, how many have hearing loss, or, how many use sign language.  The country make-up is divided by sectarianism making effective surveys impossible.  The most glaring misleading statement, is the one where 'hearing loss' is mooted alongside deafness and sign language use/cultural ID, suggesting all with hearing loss use person sign language when, they could only ID a few thousand in their capital city.    

Like all in the western world they do not declare actual or regular usage proof, and include the majority with hearing issues who DON'T sign at all. Sign language isn't for everyone, only, for a minority, and only for the DEAF.  It's wider use can only rely on hearing learning it, until then the reliance, is on 3rd parties, which isn't inclusion but assisted particiaption...

The Deaf Maori ID.