Ear Research Foundation's Communicator Masks Help the Hard of Hearing Community

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Communication is always vital and even more so in this pandemic time, with mask mandates. 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. Traditional masks cover the mouth and nose rendering lip reading impossible.  Not only is lip-reading a problem; the masks that band around the ear are very uncomfortable for hearing aid wearers.  Additionally, all too often, when the wearer removes the mask the hearing aid comes flying off - sometimes to disappear. 

To address these issues, Sarasota's Ear Research Foundation devised a mask that boasts 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. The design of the mask not only assists with lip reading, it helps those who wear hearing aids.  The mask straps do not go behind the ears, causing them to pull or catch on hearing devices.

For more information call the Ear Research Foundation at 941-556 4219, or visit 1901 Floyd St., Sarasota, EarRF.org

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