For many people with hearing loss, lipreading is a vital communication skill.
Most people learn to lipread by attending classes taught by a qualified lipreading tutor.
Lipreading classes develop the ability to recognise different lip shapes and patterns and to use context to fill gaps in conversation.
Classes also include information about other strategies to encourage people to manage their hearing loss and enhance their communication, such as knowing the best place to sit in a group.
Many classes will also provide useful information about services and equipment for people with hearing loss.
In addition, classes provide an important source of support, as people meet others with hearing loss and have an opportunity to share experiences and coping strategies.
Therefore, while often referred to as ‘lipreading classes’, courses provide a package of support for people with hearing loss.
Adapted from: Action on Hearing Loss (2014) Lipreading Support: Policy Statement
The resources in this section were developed by the Scottish Lipreading Strategy Group (January 2012 - March 2015). That group received funding from the Scottish Government with the aim of improving access to lipreading classes for adults with hearing loss in Scotland. It was a partnership that included representatives from:
Is there a lipreading class near me?
View the list of current lipreading classes. This is kept by the Scottish Course to Train Tutors of Lipreading.
How can I help someone who lipreads?
View our PDF on how to help >
Are there any other websites I could look at?
View a list of websites >
Want to try Lipreading?
Try the quiz >
How good are you at Lipreading?
View the video >