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Lipreading Classes at Imperial Court

16th November, 2011

Residents at Imperial Court are learning to improve their communication skills by lipreading.


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 100."

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 said.

Picture: Resident Janet Dalton, Mandy Clark (back), Phil Sykes and Ken Sykes.

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