Speechreading (lipreading) Program

Speechreading is a highly useful skill that anyone can develop to help them better understand another person’s speech.

CHIP has been offering speechreading classes for over thirty years. Several of our highly qualified instructors are accredited by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA). CHIP uses the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association’s National Speechreading Program, a Canada-wide initiative that ensures participants receive the best quality instruction in speechreading and communication strategies.

Our instructors are open to any questions or concerns you may have about your own communication difficulties or about how you can best help those around you with hearing loss.

Our courses not only help participants improve their overall sense of independence and ability to advocate for themselves, but also provide valuable information regarding hearing loss in general and the rights of people with hearing loss, as well as assistive listening devices and community resources to help participants fully engage in all aspects of life.


Speechreading improves the quality of conversations using clues from:

  • Lipreading
  • Jaw movements
  • Facial expressions
  • Tone of voice
  • The topic of conversation
  • People’s own residual hearing
  • Other strategies

Once these skills are learned, they can be used at work, school, while travelling, at family gatherings, in restaurants, and in many other social situations.

CHIP offers two 10-week sessions a year, one in Fall and the other in Spring.

Upcoming Classes

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*Evening class available*

“The speechreading courses have helped me to understand and accept my disability, and radically improve my strategies in ensuring that I understand what is being said, keeping my sense of humour and educating others on how to help me.”

– Marie Murphy

To inquire about our classes, please contact our office at 514-488-5552 ext. 4500 or info@hearhear.org. Our Cell number for texting is 514-797-2447.