Not all deaf and hard-of-hearing people use British Sign Language. Some prefer to lipread but are unable to follow a conversation if multiple people are talking or if a person is speaking fast, not maintaining eye contact, mumbling or has facial hair that covers their mouth.
- A lipspeaker is a hearing person who is professionally trained to be easy to lipread. The lipspeaker repeats the message, accurately and silently, and reproduces the speaker’s rhythm, tone and flow. Facial expression and gesture are used to add meaning.
- If requested, a lipspeaker can use fingerspelling to indicate the initial letters of words that are difficult to lipread. Voice can also be used if the lipreader has residual hearing. Lipspeakers are used at all events and occasions, including meetings, medical appointments, court hearings, weddings and funerals.
I qualified as a lipspeaker in November 2019. I’m based in London and am willing to travel. I’m also DBS checked and NRCPD registered. If you want to book me to lipspeak or would like to learn more about what I do, would like a lipspeaking demonstration, please contact me here.