Listener moving lips

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  1. MCB

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    The other day, I was talking to someone about a subject I know very well. My fluency because of this was top-notch. I noticed that she was listening very closely to me, and that her lips were moving in imitation of what I said. Her non-verbals were also very good, in response to what I was saying.

    Question-- is this (moving lips) a compensation for late hearing loss people when they lipread? It makes sense that the kinesthetic would help in understanding.

    I first noticed this as a child, but I have not seen it for years. Since I wear HA's maybe I could bring up the subject of HA's?
     
  2. Beowulf

    Beowulf Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Many people move their lips while reading as well.
     
  3. MCB

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    If I remember right, my father did both!!
     
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    Guilty here!...Being a lipreader, at times I find myself sort of "mouthing" the words as someone is speaking to me...why?..I dunno. Could be that I have other things on my mind and trying to lipread another person at the same time, retaining too much information at one time, perhaps.
     
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    I do that too! So many times people would point out that I was silently repeating what they were saying. I wasn't even aware of it. Now that I am, I don't do it as much but it still happens especially when I'm having a hard time following what they're saying.
     
  6. MCB

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    If it helps, why should people criticize others for doing it?

    Edit: I think people should have the right to communicate (receptive and expressive) in whatever manner works best for them.
     
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    I didn't see any criticism on this thread.
     
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    Me either

    I also move my mouth when I read and have to listen intently
     

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