Browsing All posts tagged under »lipreading«

Rebecca-Anne Withey: What I learned when I first appeared on TV, at the age of 14

July 8, 2015


Many people saw me on their TV screens for the first time when I was an actress on Grange Hill between 2005-2007. But in actual truth, I’d dipped my toe in the pool of television back in 2000 when I was 14 years old. I’d won an online quest to appear on BBC 1’s Live and Kicking, […]

Charlie Swinbourne: 12 tips to ensure deaf people aren’t left out at Christmas!

December 20, 2014


Christmas is a special time of year, but for deaf people, it can also be a tricky time, because we often find ourselves with people who are not very deaf aware. I still remember one Christmas when my brother’s deaf friend asked if he could drive over to our house for a few hours on Christmas Day – […]

Lesley Weatherson: Find out all about Lipspeaking with Signed Support (LSS)

September 25, 2014


I’m deaf. I lip read and I find some signs help me. Can you help? A regular request for lipspeakers and a growing method of communication support. But what is it? Where does it fit? Is there a qualification? Well you certainly won’t find anything that resembles this on the Signature website. There is no […]

Video: It’s National Lipreading Awareness Week. So why not take Charlie’s lipreading test?

September 8, 2014


It’s National Lipreading Awareness Week, so why not test out your skills? Here’s a video our Editor Charlie Swinbourne made back in 2011 for the BBC’s Ouch website. You can read the article that accompanied it by clicking here. Good luck! To find details of lipreading classes or for help with any other hearing loss […]

Michael Fahey: “Deaf? Driving? Surely that’s not safe?” The adventures of a deaf driver

June 17, 2014


Mention the fact that I’m profoundly deaf and drive and some people’s immediate response is… “Deaf! Driving! Surely that’s not safe! You can’t hear stuff coming! No, sorry, but that should not be allowed.” My automatic response is to roll my eyes and sigh. It’s not as if all hearing drivers can hear what’s going […]

The Secret Deafie: The teacher who embarrassed me in front of the class

June 6, 2014


The Secret Deafie is a series of anonymous columns written by different writers. This dates back to years ago when I was in a main stream primary school. I had one of the loop systems whereby I wore the loop and the teacher had the microphone. I absolutely hated it! I remember saying that I […]

The Secret Deafie: How many deaf old people are left frightened and confused at the lack of communication while in hospital?

April 10, 2014


Donna Williams’ and Matt Dixon’s recent posts have inspired me to talk about my mother to mark the second anniversary of her death. In the last few years of her life her increasingly frequent visits to hospital coincided with age-related hearing loss , which made it increasingly difficult for her to communicate with medical staff, […]