A year ago, nobody guessed that wearing face masks would be so woven into the fabric of our daily lives. From superhero, to animal, to fun neon patterns, there’s a mask for everyone… or is there? While
society had to adapt overnight to wearing masks and companies worked overtime to supply the demand of the world, there was an oversight on one certain demographic, the hard-of-hearing and deaf
community. Turns out, one size does not fit all when it comes to masks. Many people who live with limited hearing or deafness rely on lip reading to understand and participate in conversations.
Fortunately, a handful of companies have taken this obstacle into account and have created accessible masks with plastic see-through panels.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), accessible masks are safe as long as they follow CDC recommendations of being made with two or more layers of washable/breathable fabric, covers
the nose and mouth, and fits snugly around the face with no gaps. The CDC also recommends frequently washing masks to prevent the possible transmission of COVID-19 and to maintain good personal hygiene.
Accessible masks are a great addition to anyone who interacts with the hard-of-hearing and deaf community including healthcare workers, teachers, and elderly caregivers to name a few. Interested in adding accessible masks to your arsenal of PPE? Check out Amazon to pick up a 4-pack for under $20 or check out this step-by-step guide on how to make your own!