A Book Project Nine Years in the Making

A Book Project Nine Years in the Making

It has been five years since I stopped writing books. Recently I met with two friends, one an author/editor and one an author/book agent. When they asked why I stopped, the answer wasn’t clear. Was it burnout? Work and family stuff competing for time? Lack of interest? After one of these friends prayed, I felt … Continue reading

What is the Easiest Speech Sound to Lip Read?

What is the Easiest Speech Sound to Lip Read?

I recently finished teaching a lip reading class in the Kansas City area. One of the questions I asked attendees was, “When it comes to lip reading, what is the most visible speech sound?” Several hands were raised. “The /M/ sound,” said a gentleman who lost some hearing in the military. “I think it’s the … Continue reading

We Are a Village: Kansas City’s First Hearing Loss Summit

We Are a Village: Kansas City’s First Hearing Loss Summit

This past weekend, I joined more than 100 people with hearing loss or deafness at Kansas City’s first-ever Hearing Loss Summit. The crowd included fellow lipreading moms, individuals who were born with hearing loss, those who are culturally Deaf, and adults who are late-deafened. I saw several young children wearing cochlear implants or hearing aids. Sign … Continue reading

Why Is Reading Lips So Hard?

Why Is Reading Lips So Hard?

Read my lips: Lipreading is tough. A while back, a producer with the Wanda Sykes Show emailed me, asking for help in understanding a news video clip. The idea sounded enticing: Come to California and watch a video blurb that had the speaker’s moving lips but no audio feed. The truth is, many words look … Continue reading