Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Speech Perception/ Reading lips (Post #2)

 Lipreading, according to the motor theory of speech perception, is an important component of speech perception. You may be able to learn how to read lips if you pay attention to the movement of your lips and face, as well as the movement of your tongue. Humans perceive spoken words, according to this theory, by recognizing the vocal tract motions with which they are delivered rather than by detecting the sound patterns that speech produces. You may also learn to read lips by reading the lips of others. Most natural speakers of a language can do speechreading without even realizing it. This is due to the fact that they use information from their lips and expressions to help them grasp what is being spoken. 

In noisy environments, for example, speech perception increases when the listener can see the speaker's mouth and integrate visual and audible speech information. Another example of how speech perception may benefit not only persons who have hearing loss, but also others who are attempting to communicate with those folks. Many people may not be able to use sign language, therefore speaking clearly and emphasizing their words with their lips may assist those who are deaf. Deaf people who lose their hearing at an earlier age have higher spoken language reading skills. The multi-sensory integration of speech sources is essential for effective communication.

Please watch this video down below, I think it is a huge eye opener




  1. Hey Rachel! Your post was awesome, watching that video was definitely eye opening. I always thought I could read lips, but it was not until I saw that video that I realized it is so much more difficult than I thought especially when people are talking fast, chewing, mumbling, etc. It is ridiculous for anyone to expect every Deaf person to be able to read lips and understand what is being said. I know that sign language uses alot of information from expressions as you stated above, so that is probably how they are able to learn to read lips and do it well.

  2. I can totally relate to this post! The restaurant I work it gets noisy quite frequently. When I have to take peoples information to put in our system, I find that when I am looking at the keyboard to type what they are saying I have a harder time hearing than when I look at them first to listen, the proceed to type. Great post and video!

  3. I completely relate to your post! I work at a movie theater, and when it gets busy and the popcorn machine is being extremely loud, I find it hard to hear when people are giving me their order. In addition to this, the theater that I work at has closed captioning glasses for hard of hearing individuals, and it makes going to the movies for them as enjoyable as it is for people who don't need them!