Free lip reading classes can help the ease the transition of hearing loss

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According the Hearing Loss Association of America, 1 in 10 Americans has hearing loss. As baby boomers reach retirement age starting in 2010, this number is expected to rapidly climb and nearly double by the year 2030.

Chances are you or someone you know will have trouble hearing. Education and association with other hard of hearing individuals can help. The Hearing Loss Association has a local chapter that meets weekly for fellowship and support.

In addition, HLAA offers free classes in how to read lips.

Lip reading is the technique for visually interpreting lip movements so as to understand speech. It can be an invaluable communications tool and lipreading classes can help deaf or hard of hearing people regain confidence and ease feelings of isolation.

Beginners meet at 10:00 a.m. every Monday with Intermediate meeting at 9:30 a.m.  every Wednesday. Learning to read lips is an invaluable asset in many walks of life and of special benefit for hard of hearing people.

The lip reading classes take place at the Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Avenue in Lakewood.

For more information call (562) 433-6509 or visit,

Hearing Loss Association of America, formerly known as Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, is a national nonprofit, educational organization devoted to the welfare and interests of those who cannot hear well. The Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

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