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Anyone else realised just how much they rely on lipreading when speaking to other people? Now that we all wear face masks in public (with a few legitimate exceptions) I struggle to ‘hear’ people.

I sometimes say ‘I can’t hear you because of the face mask’ when really it’s because I used to be able to lipread their lips to correct any misunderstanding I had with the conversation 🤦‍♀️. I wouldn’t say I was deaf or particularly hard of hearing, but still, it’s a struggle.

HappyTravels
a month ago
What do you think of this?
PinkElephant26
PinkElephant26a month ago

Same here, i dont have any problems with my hearing but i do struggle in shops when staff speak, especially when theyre behind the perspex screen.

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarca month ago

Clerks sometimes have to repeat it twice because for me, their voices are muffled with the mask.

Masks are supposed to protect us from COVID, right? But...

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HappyTravels
HappyTravels
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a month ago

PhilipMarc quite sobering watching that video. Makes you think we all need to don scuba diving gear and tanks to go to the shops.

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tumblespots
tumblespotsa month ago

This shouldn't be a surprise really as we all know that we can smell someone smoking from quite far away...

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tumblespots
tumblespotsa month ago

Yes, the more barriers there are the worse it becomes. Your own mask then a screen then their mask, it's terribly hard to hear correctly.

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tara73ziva
tara73zivaa month ago

Me to I always lip read, but did not realised how much I relied on lip reading so I find I am now asking people to repeat them selfs and it’s even worse in a shop with the Perspex screen

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SarahHorsfield
SarahHorsfielda month ago

Yep me sometimes

And people with me has my voice isn’t that good 😌

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Grannyclock
Grannyclocka month ago

I’ve seen people meet a friend in the supermarket and take off their masks to have a face to face chat!

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HappyTravels
HappyTravels
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a month ago
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