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Learning to Read Lips
I am often contacted by individuals who have lost or are losing their hearing as older adults, and are requesting information about learning to read lips. However, I do not teach lip reading, and the way in which I learned it (like learning to talk, as a child) is a very different process from learning it as an older adult.

An excellent resource for support and information is the Hearing Loss Association of America or HLAA, formerly known as Self Help for the Hard of Hearing (SHHH), with local chapters in every state. http://www.hearingloss.org

Another organization whose web site provides many links and resources for the hearing impaired is the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. http://www.agbell.org

Articles About Lip Reading Translation
The following articles provide more information about Lip Reading Translation, and the communication needs of people with tracheostomies in hospital settings.

"Lip Reading Translating for Non-Vocal Ventilated Patients"
by Stacey M. Cordwell Carroll, RNCS, PhD(c)
Journal of the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses, Vol. 1, No. 3, Spring 2003. In Adobe Acrobat format (173 KB).

"Nonvocal Ventilated Patients' Perceptions of Being Understood"
by Stacey M. Carroll, APRN, BC, PhD(c)
Western Journal of Nursing Research, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2004. In Adobe Acrobat format (106 KB).

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