The Importance Of Clear Masks
Clear masks create clearer communication.
Have you been having a harder time communicating since masks became mandatory in public places? Has it been difficult to hear mask-muffled speech? Do you feel yourself speaking more loudly or asking people to repeat themselves more often? You’re not alone, but you’re also experiencing something those with hearing loss have been dealing with their whole lives. Struggling to communicate is a constant for people with hearing loss and face coverings – while important for public health – has amplified the difficulty.
Clear masks are an important part of accessibility and should be used by anyone interacting with the public so that others can lipread and see facial expressions.
Read Amy Parsons’ story of how clear masks have made a huge difference for her daily communication
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador is now selling two types of clear masks and encourages everyone to switch to a clear mask to improve hearing accessibility for all.
How To Purchase Your Clear Mask
Option 1: Limited use clear mask (Health Canada approved)
“Traditional masks block faces and prevent our ability to see facial expressions and emotions, catch visual cues, and communicate.
When traditional masks are worn, miscommunication may increase with people who heavily rely on visual communication, such as deaf and hard of hearing individuals, children, and older adults. The ability to see a smile can really help. Facial expressions are important for perceived empathy and building rapport, which can reduce confusion and improve relationships. The transparency and comfort from the ClearMask™ provides natural, empathetic communication and eliminates barriers caused by traditional masks”.
Designed for limited use, this mask has an anti-fog, transparent plastic barrier. This is a surgical style mask approved by Health Canada and can be cleaned with soap and water.
Option 2: Locally made black fabric mask with window that shows the mouth
The Clear Window Mask is a handmade non-surgical mask that is washable and made locally in Bay Roberts by Purple Door Designs. The window mask is made with a clear vinyl to make it easier for people to lip read and see facial expressions to help communication and social connection .
Two “tie” options available.
- Elastic loops secure the mask over the ears or
- fabric ties for the back of the head for those with cochlear implants.
These masks are not a replacement for medical grade protective equipment.
To Purchase Your Mask From The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
- WALK IN APPOINTMENTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE. To purchase from the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador, please make an appointment with staff by calling (709) 753-3224 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (allow 24 hours for someone to get back to you).
- Payment methods available include: debit, credit and cash
- Curbside pick-up is available to those who have paid in advance.