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Lipreading – how much can we understand?


Lipreading – how much can we understand? Someone said, “Lipreaders only catch around one-third of what’s said.” – I respectfully disagree!

I understand some people most of the time, some half the time, and those who tend to mumble, have a heavy accent or beard, or talk fast – I barely understand them.

Lipreading involves working out what is said based on context. When I’m lipreading reading content, I’m not filling in the blanks. That’s not the case with reading lips.


Homophones! They look the same!

About 40% of the sounds in the English language can be seen on a speaker’s lips in good conditions — such as a well-lit room where a person can see the speaker’s face.”

Here are some examples I use to show how multiple words look the same on the lips without sound: 

Ate – Eight

Bare – Bear

Brake – Break

Cell – Sell

Flour – Flower

Hair -care

Hear – Here

Know – No

Mail – Male

Meet – Meat

Morning – Mourning 

This is where my cochlear implant comes in handy. It helps me differentiate the Bs, Ps, Hs, and Ms. (homophones) and has been an invaluable part of my life since I had the implant fitted in 1998.


How can We communicate better?

Unfortunately, when we speak/talk, we rarely keep still; in fact, we move around and use our hands to create gestures, touch our faces, or flick our hair; it is almost always a public place with much noise. 

An ideal scenario is a meeting in person. One person speaks at a time, the room is well-lit, and there is no background noise.

I have a friend who has a heavy accent, and I met with her in the library, where it was quiet. I understood more of what she said than I did any other time than when we were within a crowd.

Think of every communication: drive-through, customer service, shop assistants, receptionists, till workers and web conferences.

You can communicate by writing things down on pen and paper or using your “Notes” or other text app on your mobile device.





Law & Legal

Lipreading – a valuable source of evidence


In a groundbreaking turn of events, justice has triumphed in a chilling murder case, thanks to the remarkable skill of lipreading – a valuable source of evidence. This extraordinary story showcases a lipreading expert’s indomitable spirit, the legal system’s unwavering determination, and the power of communication and understanding. Let’s dive into the captivating journey that unfolded, revealing the profound impact of lipreading on the pursuit of truth and justice.

Crucial evidence gained through the power of lipreading

Set against the backdrop of a small town, a devastating crime shattered the community, leaving everyone bewildered and fearful. The gravity of the situation demanded a breakthrough, and that is precisely what the power of lipreading delivered.
Enter a highly-skilled lipreading expert with an exceptional ability to decipher spoken language through the subtle movements of the lips. With unwavering dedication, this expert meticulously analysed hours of surveillance footage, scrutinising every nuance of expression and piecing together the puzzle that had eluded others.
The stakes were high, but the lipreading expert’s perseverance paid off. They provided a fresh perspective on the case by unlocking vital clues hidden within the silent whispers caught on camera. These newfound insights propelled the investigation forward, illuminating the truth that had remained concealed until now.
Armed with this compelling evidence, the legal system ensured a fair trial for all parties involved. The prosecution skillfully presented the lipreading analysis, transporting the courtroom into a world where silent whispers revealed the unfolding events with vivid clarity. The mesmerised audience witnessed justice as the truth emerged from the shadows.

More than words

The impact of this breakthrough extended far beyond the confines of the courtroom. It brought solace to the grieving families who had carried the weight of their loss for far too long. The case resolution provided closure and instilled hope within the community, which had been burdened with fear and uncertainty. This triumph of justice showcased the resilience and strength of the human spirit.


Lipreading highlighted as a valuable source of evidence

The positive ripple effect of this achievement extended beyond this single case. It shed light on the immense potential of lipreading, opening doors for further investigations and aiding countless future cases. The recognition of lipreading as a valuable tool highlights the importance of observation and interpretation in understanding human communication.
Today, we celebrate not only the resolution of this murder case, but also the indomitable spirit of the lipreader. This remarkable story is a testament to the power of compassion, perseverance, and support in overcoming obstacles and achieving justice. It reminds us that even in silence, the truth will out.
The power of lipreading has unveiled the truth and brought justice to a community haunted by a devastating crime. This remarkable triumph has showcased the immense potential of communication and understanding through the expertise and dedication of a skilled lipreading expert. As we celebrate this breakthrough, let us remember that justice knows no bounds and can overcome any obstacle when fueled by compassion and unwavering determination.