Speechreading (lipreading) Program

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

“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

Speechreading is offered in the Spring and Fall. Classes are currently being held in two locations, Montreal and the West Island.  Classes are held in the daytime; however there is always an option to offer an evening class if members are interested. 

Speechreading is one of Hear Québec’s longest standing programs, running for over 35 years. Speechreading instructors are certified using the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association’s National Speechreading Program. This Canada-wide initiative ensures participants receive the best quality instruction in speechreading and communication strategies. 

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

Hear Québec takes it one step further. These classes are a welcoming space for members to share their hearing loss experience and learn from each other. Our experienced instructors are open to answering any questions or concerns you may have about your own communication difficulties.

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, 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.

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

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.

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