Navigation Links
Computers Might Make Learning Lip Reading Easier
Date:9/11/2009

Deaf and hard-of-hearing may benefit from electronic assistance, researchers say

FRIDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Computers can read lips better than people can, new research suggests.

The findings may lead to new methods of helping the deaf and hard-of-hearing learn to read lips, according to researchers from the University of East Anglia in England.

Researchers compared the accuracy of an automated lip-reading machine to that of 19 people who had lip-reading training. The study found that the automated system recognized 80 percent of words, compared to 32 percent for human lip readers.

The machines were also able to read lips on simplistic representations of facial shape, whereas human lip-readers required a video of actual people speaking.

"This pilot study is the first time an automated lip-reading system has been benchmarked against human lip-readers, and the results are perhaps surprising," said study author Sarah Hilder.

The findings were scheduled to be presented Sept. 12 at the International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing in England. They were published Sept. 10 in Proceedings of the International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing AVSP.

Typically, people are trained to read lips by learning to recognize the shape the lips and mouth form when making certain sounds. Often, sketches depicting the shapes are used as training tools.

But this may not be the most effective method, researchers said.

Instead, training that uses a more complete, more dynamic representation of speech, including gestures, can help in recognizing words.

After only four hours of being trained on a new video-based system, people who did not previously read lips showed improvement in their ability to lip-read single syllable words, which can be more difficult than multi-syllabic words.

More than half of those over age 60 have some hearing loss, said Agnes Hoctor, of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People in London. An aging population in England and the United States means interest in learning lip-reading is bound to increase.

Improving access to lip-reading classes and more video-based or online training resources may be useful, Hoctor added.

"This research confirms how difficult the vital skill of lip-reading is to learn," Hoctor said.

More information

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has more on hearing loss.



-- Jennifer Thomas



Source: University of East Anglia, news release, Sept. 10, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Computers Causing Injuries in the Home
2. Strategies to Rein in Epidemics Need to be Retooled for Rural Populations, Say K-State Engineers Using Computers to Model Disease Outbreaks in Rural Areas
3. Top Hospital Switches To Cybernet Compact Computers To Save More Lives
4. Computers make sense of experiments on human disease
5. Compromised US and Chinese Computers Launch Greatest Number of Cyber Attacks, According to SecureWorks Data
6. Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group to Donate Computers to Victorville Senior Citizen Club
7. Tongue Drive system lets persons with disabilities operate powered wheelchairs, computers
8. Idle computers offer hope to solve cancers mysteries through grid computing project
9. Computers as safe as medical experts in prescribing blood thinning drugs
10. General Dynamics Itronix Donates Computers to Humanitarian Expedition Fighting Malaria in Africa
11. Two Laptop Computers Missing From Lifebloods Main Office
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Computers Might Make Learning Lip Reading Easier
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) Portland today announced ... disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. The group, which is being launched with the ... the opportunity to share stories and advice, seek help, and continue their education on ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... U.S. Surgeon ... interview with Mediaplanet, Dr. Murthy explains how he was inspired to practice medicine at ... learned that medicine is about more than making diagnoses and prescribing medicine,” he states. ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Mediaplanet’s newest campaign, “Digestive ... as living proof that attitude and determination can combine into the most remarkable ... around the holidays. This campaign will offer patients a new-found hope, by seizing ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... ... More than half of American teens report losing their virginity before they ... child about sex related topics, less than 60 percent spoke about deeper themes like ... launch of its second edition of the “Sexual Wellness” campaign, aiming to address the ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... new version of its SaaS LIMS, CloudLIMS Lite. CloudLIMS Lite helps biobanks, clinical, ... through labeling, storing, shipping and disposal. The new version is a faster and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... Dec 1, 2016 Research and Markets ... Delivery in Cancer - Technologies, Markets and Companies" to their ... , , ... management of cancer The market value of drug delivery ... estimates from 2015-2025 are given according to organs involved and the ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... Dec. 1, 2016 Around the corners of ... and each habitable land present over earth. Cancer has ... once in a life time this is because of ... until now. Given the steady increase in global cancer ... the spiraling healthcare costs of treatment, there is increasing ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , Dec. 2, 2016 Allergan plc (NYSE: ... additional information on its previously announced Accelerated Share Repurchase (ASR) ... ... As previously announced, the Company entered into ... which the Company will repurchase $10 billion of its ordinary ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: