Speechreading (lipreading) Program

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

Speechreading is offered in the Spring and Fall. Classes are held in two locations, Montréal 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.

NEW — In partnership with CHHA Read Our Lips Online Speechreading

Hear Québec has researched online courses for self-paced e-learning and has recommended the program with our partners, the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA).

If you are interested in signing up for this online course, contact Hear Québec for a members-only discount code for up to 20% off.


If you wish to receive a FREE sponsored Read Our Lips course, please mark your interest on the registration form and we will contact you if spaces are still available. For more information, click on the registration button. 

In-Person Spring Speechreading Classes

Due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19, we will not be holding our in-person activities. We encourage you to join us in the activities listed above. If you do not have access to a computer and would like to attend an activity, please contact the office. We may be able to find a way for you to participate.

Speechreading participant, Diana Wood, describes the most beneficial parts of the program as “making friends with classmates, developing the ability to advocate for my needs, learning from my classmates’ experiences, and realizing that I am not the only one in this coping with deafness.”

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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