American students make transparent medical masks to help deaf people communicate and show off their smiles
This transparent medical mask, in addition to protecting people who are deaf or hard of hearing from touching their faces, also helps show off a very effective smile.
Ashley Lawrence, a final year student at Eastern Kentucky University, USA, had an exciting idea when creating a transparent mask that can show off the mouth. This exciting idea promises to help people with hearing loss significantly.
This exciting idea promises to help people with hearing impairments greatly.
Sharing on Facebook, Ashley Lawrence said these transparent masks allow deaf people to read other people’s lips.
In particular, this mask also allows people to see the wearer’s facial expressions more clearly when using sign language.
She shared: “I just see people making normal masks. And so am I, but for the deaf and hard of hearing. I see a lot of people needing attention. We are all panicking, so we don’t think for some people. So I feel this is very important, even at this time. Everyone needs to communicate.”
Tusing hands and face when communicating with people with hearing loss will increase the risk of Covid-19 infection because one of the health officials’ recommendations is to avoid touching your face. Therefore, people who are deaf or hard of hearing need a mask, but the design must be so they can use their mouths while communicating.
Lawrence asked for help from his mother to make unique medical masks made from bed sheets. And Lawrence’s transparent medical mask isn’t the only product she wants to make for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Lawrence’s transparent medical mask isn’t the only product she wants to make for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
“We are trying other things for people with cochlear implants or hearing aids if they can’t wear a mask,” she said. We’re trying out several types of masks that can be wrapped around the head and neck.”
Currently, Lawrence is giving free medical masks to the visually impaired. Lawrence says everyone needs these, and people who are deaf or hard of hearing need them more than ever. The 21-year-old student is fundraising on the GoFundMe page to mobilize social resources to buy materials and transport costs for the project.
Lawrence confirmed that any money left over and unused to make masks would be donated to Hands & Voices, a non-profit organization that supports families with deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
Refer to Unilad
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