The lost art of lip reading
Since we are (currently) under a pandemic, we are required to wear masks.
But what I never realized, until my mask was on was how many times I stare at someone's mouth while they are talking. I mean, I read lips a lot to understand what people are saying. I've mentioned this to a few people and others too feel like they have lost something...
Weather you are in a big box store or at the grocery store someone is saying "pardon me?", or my favourite misunderstanding is; "no I said 11 not 7". A lot of people benefit from lip reading in addition to listening when communicating in social situations. It is quite easy for anyone to miss a word, a phrase, or even an entire exchange when surrounded by the challenges and daily distractions that we are faced with in our environment and now our masks.
While doing a google search I found that lip reading, is also known as speech reading and its mentioned a lot for people who are hearing impaired. It is the ability to take what is observed in the movement of a speaker’s lips, along with accompanying facial expressions and body language, to gain an enhanced understanding of a verbal communication. Lip reading can often supplement speech understanding while using prior knowledge to fill in the gaps of the message being communicated. This is a powerful combination of visual and body cues and enhances your ability to communicate.
This post was merely an observation on this lost art and perhaps a masked melancholy for how I feel the world is like currently... and it was to tell you that most people have some lip-reading skills and don’t even realize it. When the masks come off, remember that lip reading can be an integral part of an effective communication strategy,
As a singer-songwriter I am glad people can listen to my music if you are wearing a mask of not; and when you are I hope you are smiling.