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This Video Shows How Differently Deaf People Experience The World

"Can you read my lips?"

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In this video by Little Moving Pictures, Rachel Kolb articulates what it feels like to experience the world without the ability to hear.

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The video was inspired by Kolb's essay "Seeing at the Speed of Sound."

The video starts off with closed-captioning over people clearly speaking. Then, the captioning begins to blur, and the voices turn into murmurs, which symbolizes how difficult it can be to translate what a person is saying solely by looking at their lips.

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And conversations don't take place in a controlled environment, either. You can be surrounded by other people, or they might not be standing straight-on, or in a well-lit space; there are thousands of factors that can come between communication.

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