Uni students create face masks to help those who are deaf or hard of hearing

health 03/04/2020

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Now this is a brilliant and inclusive idea!

A university student in the United States has created a line of face masks that will be a huge help to those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The masks are normal hospital grade masks, but where your mouth sits in the mask is replaced with a clear plastic panel, revealing your mouth - meaning it is easy to read the wearers mouths while they still stay safe.

When asked about how she came up with the idea, the student named Ashley said: “I just saw that people were making masks on Facebook for everyone to have instead of the throwaway masks, and I was like, what about the deaf and hard of hearing population?”

“I felt like there was a huge population that was being looked over - We’re all panicking right now and so a lot of people are just not being thought of. So, I felt like it was very important that, even at a time like this, people need to have that communication.”

Ashley and her mum put their heads together and created this new mask - which has been widely applauded.

“We started out making them with bed sheets that we had, and luckily bed sheets are big. So we have two or three sets so we’re making them out of that. Then, a couple months ago we needed plastic fabric for something. And so we have a whole roll of that and the window is only this big so having a whole roll is very helpful so luckily we haven’t needed any supplies yet.”

“I’m not charging anything for them because I think that if you need them, then you need them and I don’t think that you should have to pay for them. — So we are sending them out for free whenever we have people asking for them and if they’re foreign, then maybe we’ll charge shipping, but other than that they’re completely free.”

She has set up a GoFundMe.

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