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Learning to lip-read.

There are at least 8.3 million people living in the UK with a partial or total hearing impairment. Hearing loss can cause devastating communication difficulties in every aspect of a person's life, including family, friends and at work.

Lip-reading teachers can help hearing-impaired people in many ways. As a hearing-aid user with acquired deafness who has attended lip-reading classes I found them of great benefit in regaining my confidence. Through the classes I learnt new tactics for coping in difficult situations, information about useful organisations, information about environmental aids for the television and telephone and, of course, my lip-reading improved. I also found I was not alone and made new friends.

We are looking for mature people who have a warm, caring and professional approach, speak clearly, are prepared to learn about the practical and psychological problems of hearing-impaired people and can communicate with them. Many hearing impaired people have successfully trained as lip-reading teachers.

Students who are eligible will receive some financial support.

Please write for course details to: The Lip-reading Teachers/ course, Manchester Metropolitan University, Elizabeth Gaskell Campus, Hathersage Road, Manchester M13 OJA.

MARY ALLISON, Manchester Metropolitan University.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 4, 2005
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