Monday, June 29, 2015

Read my lips

I found it interesting that deaf individuals are better at lip reading than the hearing population. This is especially true of individuals with early-onset deafness are the best. One of the reasons this is, is because they began learning before the bulk of their language acquisition. It’s thought that relying on lip reading to acquire language puts an individual at a strong advantage for superior lip reading skill throughout life. Recent research shows that early-onset deaf individuals are generally able to lip read, form a silent face, more than twice as many words and sentences than hearing individuals. This really shocked me when I read it. To me, I would think that if you knew the language and the words that it would be easier to read lips but research shows it’s the exact opposite. 

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