Several residents at ExtraCare's scheme in Rushden,
Northamptonshire, came along to the class, run by qualified
instructor Mandy Clark.
Two of the people attending were 92-year-old resident Ken Sykes,
who came with his son Phil. Ken has some hearing loss and Phil is
starting to notice that he is also experiencing problems, and both
thought that the class would be a good idea.
"My grandmother was stone deaf, so I've always been aware of
lipreading and known a bit about how to do it," said Phil. "It
seems very useful, especially now. My family have started telling
me that I have the TV on very loud, but it doesn't seem loud to me,
so it does seem like my hearing is getting worse."
Imperial Court's Activity Co-ordinator Ray Fortuin has organised
the classes. He said: "It's a bit of a trial run, as I'm not sure
how many residents will be interested. We've got quite a few people
who have some degree of hearing loss and I think it's definitely
something that could help them and us."
Mandy, who has had hearing loss since birth and wears two
hearing aids, said that lipreading could be tricky but age is no
barrier to learning: "I used to work in a local nursing home
teaching lipreading, and one of the ladies who came along was
As well as teaching the group about the different lip shapes,
Mandy also outlined several ways that people can fix a conversation
after misunderstanding a word or not being able to hear what was
Picture: Resident Janet Dalton, Mandy Clark (back),
Phil Sykes and Ken Sykes.
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