Hello, I just completed a beginner fencing class and have decided to continue fencing in an advanced class. I didn't actually tell the instructors that I was deaf until more than half way through the beginner class so I missed a lot of the spoken instruction. I realize now that I want to continue with fencing this was not a good idea. I lost my hearing when I was 22 and I speak as if I am a hearing person. Most people think I am just a really quiet person because I don't interact as much as others when in groups of people. Now that I am in the advanced class I really want to get serious about learning and get the most out of the class as possible. For the advanced class the instructor works one-on-one with people while others in the class fence. I can't hear the instructor and depending on the lighting and angle I am looking at him, I can't always see his lips through the mask. Even if I can see his lips it is still really hard to read lips through a fencing mask. I am looking for suggestions on what the instructor and I can do to communicate better. I am looking for ideas other than having the instructor take his mask off every time he talks to me. I feel like that is to much for him to do, taking his mask off every few minutes. I'm pretty sure the instructor will work with me on a different way to communicate but I hate asking for accommodations due to being deaf so I don't want to ask too much from him. In any other situation I rely on lip reading or captions/written words. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!