Breaking the Soundless Barrier during COVID-19: May is Better Hearing Month

The Giving Coast

Communication is always vital and even more so in this pandemic time. It represents many challenges, particularly for those with hearing impairment. Lip reading is an unconscious help in communicating for everyone, but very important to those with hearing issues. Hence, another roadblock arises with the mandatory need for wearing masks. To address these issues, we modified the communicator mask to boast a large plastic mouth cover and adjustable strings that go higher above the ear and lower on the back of the neck. The mask is comfortable, clear, and effective. One of Ear Research Foundation’s grateful patient donor got ERF's modified communicator masks for his peers so they can continue to remain safe, and still interact with their deaf friend during their study group sessions. His friend has relied heavily on lip-reading to communicate prior to the COVID-19.

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