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The ProCare Lip Reading Challenge

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How good are you at lip reading? Lip reading is a necessary part of daily conversation for many deaf people, despite being one of the most difficult forms of communication to learn. To raise awareness of the challenges faced by lip readers, we’ve put together a video quiz to see how the average person fares. How much can you understand, relying only on lip reading?

As part of our mission to provide great care and therapy in schools and education institutions, we have decided to help raise awareness of the day to day challenges faced by those without hearing – the biggest of which is communication. When you can’t hear you have to use other methods to communicate with others, including techniques such as sign language and lip-reading. Unfortunately, those that can hear are often unable to use sign language and unaware of how difficult lip reading can be making it difficult for deaf people to interact with others.

There is a common misconception that deaf people are all proficient lip readers and that lip reading can be learned easily. These misconceptions are compounded by portrayals in popular culture that show both deaf and non-deaf people perfectly reading lips from afar or through obstructed views. In reality, lip reading is very difficult to learn or master; studies have shown that the average person can only recognize 10% of words through lip reading – including those that are deaf – with experienced lip readers recognizing around 30 to 45%.

There are many challenges when lip reading, including accents, similar letter shapes – and the fact that many people mumble, cover their mouths, and even move while talking to people. To properly reflect this, our quiz features seven real life scenarios, with each person talking at a regular pace, with regular hand gestures and facial movements.

Once you’ve taken our quiz, please feel free to share your scores with you friends, family, and colleagues, using the Twitter hashtag #ProCareChallenge

So, are you ready to find out how difficult it is to lip read?


3 people have commented - add your two cents!

  1. Earnest E Williams

    Lip reading is easy!
    Lip reading accurately is hard! lol
    Also, I think this is a pretty bad video for this purpose. Most of the time I have context. I’m not randomly asked about looking at someone’s carburetor. If I worked at a car repair shop, that would be a lot easier to lip read (tho I got that one right anyway).
    The second one is nonsense. How do you leave your tail lights on? o.O Got it right, but if you got it wrong, it’s as likely because it’s a nonsense statement as anything else.
    Three was easy.
    Four is incorrect unless she has a speech impediment. She definitely does not say “two” and she does not pluralize coffee. She asked for “a coffee”.
    Got five, but was as good as a guess. It’s another example of a lack of context making it harder than it naturally is. He doesn’t randomly decide when to do something. There’s context about deadlines and when something was assigned and how much work there is to be done, etc. This is manipulative at best. 🙁
    Got six, another one where, however, context would make all the difference. Did we actually give her a report? Are we wedding planners and she’s happy with the reception? Did we run some tests and she’s talking about the results? This is complete bullshit. lol
    7 was super easy.
    I can’t tell what the Hell the agenda is here. This is not what lip reading is like. I lip read all day, every day. Without it, I’d be up shit creek. I do not randomly talk about things. I cannot leave taillights on without leaving headlights on – he would just say I left my lights on, not my taillights.
    Is this supposed to illustrate how much Deaf need hearing aids or something? I don’t get it. I never wear hearing aids (I have them) and I communicate well primarily via lip reading, context, and what hearing I have.

  2. Such a great posting and I would add a dim lighting scenario and a group scenario. You might also mention how it is harder at the end of a long work day or school day. Wonderful, you did a great job on this:)

  3. I thought it was Americanised, that made it complicated. In UK we say rear lights not tail lights. The most useful exercises are about things like the coffee shop. I agree that specialist knowledge of a subject makes you more familiar with key words and especially technical expressions. Also in a specialist environment such as at work it is easy to ask people to repeat, go slower give other clues. Practising more every day situations will help make life easier overall.

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