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Lipreading Mom Shanna Groves Has Been Nominated for the 2022 Oticon Focus on People Award

Lipreading Mom Shanna Groves Has Been Nominated for the 2022 Oticon Focus on People Award

It is an honor to announce that I have been selected as a finalist in the 2022 Oticon Focus on People Awards, a national competition that recognizes individuals who are helping to change perceptions of what it means to live with hearing loss.  I am one of three finalists in the Advocacy category, a category … Continue reading

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Letter to My Daughter on Her Graduation Day

Letter to My Daughter on Her Graduation Day

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.” -Maya Angelou Lipreading Mom focuses on two things: living with hearing loss and being a parent. Today I would like to focus on parenting my children who are all … Continue reading

Lipreading Mom’s Interview with Hearing Loss LIVE!

Lipreading Mom’s Interview with Hearing Loss LIVE!

I recently was interviewed for Hearing Loss LIVE!, a website dedicated to hearing loss awareness. Created by Chelle Wyatt, Julia Stepp, and Michele Linder (all of whom live with hearing loss), the HLL site’s philosophy is two-fold: “We help you help yourself” and “We’re changing the status quo of hearing loss help. One size does … Continue reading

Lessons in Advocacy from ALDA

Lessons in Advocacy from ALDA

This weekend, I had the opportunity to present the workshop “Thriving with Hearing Loss” at the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) national convention. This was my first ALDA event and, I must confess, ALDA members are some of the best advocates I have ever seen. Here is a glimpse at what I learned from listening … 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

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