An example of the 'lipreading process'
Take this example of an every day conversation between Jessica who is deaf, and Jonathan who is hearing.
Step 1: Interpreting expression and gesture
Based on people in general and Jessica's specialised knowledge of Jonathan in particular:
- Jessica recognises Jonathan's expression as one she has seen before
- Jonathan touched his trouser pocket where he keeps his wallet, he is checking he has money with him, he wants to buy something
- Jonathan's voice goes up so he is asking a question
- Jonathan looks eager and he licks his lips – he is hungry
Step 2: Listening
Jessica is listening using her residual hearing. She hears something like this:
- __a__ _e __o_ _o_ _i__ _o__ee a__ a _a___i__
Step 3: Lipreading
She is watching Jonathan's and lipreading him and she lipreads something like this:
- Ch_ll qu_ t_m v_r qu_k t_vv_nt_ _p r_j
She puts them both together and gets:
- Chall que tom vora wick toffee anter am rich
Step 3: Calculating
First she tries to sort out the shapes that look the same
- Shall we top for a quick toffee anter am rich
Then she applies common sense to fill in the gaps and correct misunderstandings
- Shall we top for a quick coffee anter samwich (sic)
Now invisible letters and Queen’s English
- Shall we stop for a quick coffee and a sandwich?
Then she thinks of an answer!