New Face Mask Opens Window To Understanding For Many

Summarized by Matthew Dehler, staff writer

The coronavirus pandemic created distinct challenges for the deaf and hard of hearing—communication being one of them. Fortunately, the deaf community is finding some unique workarounds.

With teachers and speech professionals needing clear face masks, an audiology student in California is rising to the task. Modeling her mask from similar templates online, Gabriela Rubalcava created her own variant that shows the user’s lips.

“I’m looking to professional organizations to promote things like clear masks to improve communication,” Rubalcava said. She’s one of many who are working hard to make America a safer, yet more accessible place.

Want to learn more about clear face masks? Read the article here.

Edited by Stephanie Stott, staff writer.

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  • Hi Senthil, I love your new website. It looks and feels wonderful. Now that I am down here in the SunShine state, I have been busy helping all of the hard of hearing folk in this 55+ community of Sun City Center FL. We have lots of people with hearing loss. I have a group of ladies sewing clear windowed masks and we are giving them away FREE so that everyone can read lips and not lose their hearing devices. I receive two grants to do this. It is doing very well. Hard to keep up. You can find me on the National Website with the Clear Mask campaign – posted last week. Take care and be safe! Eloise Schwarz

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