Professor studies effectiveness of transparent face mask to improve healthcare communication for people with hearing loss
Imagine your doctor using a transparent surgical facemask that allows you to read lips if you are deaf, hard of hearing, or a non-native English speaker. So far the transparent facemask is in the prototype stage; however, Samuel Atcherson PhD, a faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, says â€œThese transparent masks werenâ€™t initially conceived to help deaf and hard of hearing people. Wearing a mask can be intimidating to others. It was thought it would be easier for children if they could see more of the doctorâ€™s face, but the transparent facemasks allow people to read lips. This is especially important in noisy settings where people are having a hard time hearingâ€¦â€
The prototype and research are being funded by a two-year, $95,602 grant from the National Institutes of Health.
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