Seeing at the Speed of Sound
March 7, 2013 10:17 AM Subscribe
posted by Eyebrows McGee (29 comments total)
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, deaf Rhodes scholar
, on lipreading: "Even the most skilled lipreaders in English, I have read, can discern an average of 30 percent of what is being said.
I believe this figure to be true. There are people with whom I catch almost every word—people I know well, or who take care to speak at a reasonable rate, or whose faces are just easier on the eyes (for lack of a better phrase). But there are also people whom I cannot understand at all. On average, 30 percent is a reasonable number. But 30 percent is also rather unreasonable. How does one have a meaningful conversation at 30 percent? It is like functioning at 30 percent of normal oxygen, or eating 30 percent of recommended calories—possible to subsist, but difficult to feel at your best and all but impossible to excel."
Previously bridging the Deaf/hearing divide on metafilter:
Lydia Callis enthralled New York City with the beauty and expressiveness of sign language.
Bad Lip Reading is courtesy of a music producer who, impressed by his mother's skill at lipreading, attempted to pick it up himself and found he was terrible -- but hilarious! -- at it.