Do NOT cover your mouth!

by Anonymous

(Northampton, Massachusetts)

One thing that happens to me at least once a week is when I am speaking to someone and I am having trouble understanding, I tell them “Sorry, I read lips, could you please look at me when you speak?” they cover their mouth and continue talking AT me.

These people are usually cashiers, customer service, even the managers when I complain to them. My coworkers do the same thing to me all the time. My Mother will cover her mouth or refuse to move her lips (you just need to learn to listen), or tell me to clean the wax out of my ears (she knows that is not the problem). These are things that should not happen anywhere, let alone in a city that hosts a school for the deaf (Clarke School for Hearing & Speech – Northampton).

So please, when someone tells you they read lips, DO NOT cover your mouth.

Comments for Do NOT cover your mouth!

Jul 16, 2014

Hearing Girl


by: Sin

I’m sorry that happens to you. I don’t know why people are so rude! I’m hearing and if you told me that I wouldn’t cover my mouth! Especially if that’s the only way we can communicate. People can be so rude!

Jan 04, 2013

My lips are blank.


by: Anonymous

If I was able to talk, I’d do that for you.
It’s the thought that counts, right?

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