Lip-reading, is it worth it? Pretty much the answer is negative, but no Hard of Hearing support for sign language either. Yet more angst from HoH social media...
'Has anyone else tried lip-reading classes and given up? I have tried 3 different terms now and am useless at it. I also found the classes quite tedious despite the nice tutor. I think one problem is I sat there thinking I would rather be learning Spanish! That was my plan - no chance now.'
'Lip-reading is unviable for well over 87% of all people who attend, and, they HAVE hearing aids to assist. It should not be advertised as a viable 'tuitional class', or medium, the class setups are not geared for that. They (students), have no level to attain or exam to follow after, if you learnt Spanish in a class you would have to do it to prove proficiency. There are no assessments undertaken of the suitability of the student/client to benefit either, or classes undertaking 'street' work so realism is part of the course. Spending 6 months trying to understand someone next to you with the same issue in a class is hardly equipping you to cope alone on those streets with people not going to give you that leeway.'
'Its primary aim (According to the lip-reading association themselves), is to encourage socialising, and if you learn some lip-reading that is an unexpected bonus, and if your ears fail you or your aid does, you are back to square one, but they don't tell you that lip-reading is almost totally reliant on what you can still HEAR hence why 99% of students can.'
'I totally despair these LR or BSL classes have any real point for us at the business end. I'd want both re-assessed and a proper communication class replacing them both with clinical support and a real aim to it and to commence on a diagnosis of hearing loss. Too many HoH pursue this 'holy grail' of lip-reading and believe they can be 'born-again' hearing or something, and such classes encourage the myth.'
'Well, denial plays a major role, as do hearing aid manufacturers unrealistic claims, and encouragements to hide the fact you have a hearing aid or a hearing loss. ergo 'invisible hearing' 'they cannot see your aid.' etc it all panders to hearing loss fear.'
'Yes, and all combined with the charitable view hearing loss is just an old people's inevitability, but hearing loss covers all people and all age ranges, so a system of real communication support is a real need, honesty would help. BSL is for hearing and to a large extent lip-reading is for the very very few, so where do HoH or the deaf actually fit in class wise?'
'I did a 8 week course about 4 years ago, I found it very hard!!'
'8 weeks is pretty pointless as you found out, and when you are having to compete with a dozen others with better residual hearing than you have, I'm surprised you lasted 8 weeks and given the course is usually 6 MONTHS. For most, it would take YEARS to master and with 1 on 1 support too, neither exist. Only then would you be able to adapt (Assuming you have the ability).'
'Age, infirmity, degree of loss, time spent with no communication support, these all have a bearing on LR viability, hence the suggestion you need an assessment to see if LR is viable in your case or sign language, and/or assistive technology is more suitable. There is a lot of professional bllx being aired but few are actually professional except in clinical diagnosis not what happens after..'
'There are numerous health and age reasons why neither classes as they stand will work for you. Communication support has to be taken seriously, all we are seeing is the hard sell for sign language and half-hearted attempts to help the HoH who are now overwhelmingly text reliant. A concern giving there are claimed to be 10m of them pretty much unsupported that way.'