face masks

Face masks: for deaf and hard of hearing people

Both the World Health Organisation and the UK government have recommended face masks when outdoors. But where do you get a clear face mask if you need to lip read?

We have scoured the internet to find more information about clear face masks – how to make your own, how to look after your mask and where you can buy a transparent face mask online:

Make your own:

There are plenty of clips on Youtube that show you how to make a face mask with a transparent panel:

Here is another clip:

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) also provide drawings and plans to help you create your own mask. You can go to the page by clicking here.

Masks to buy:

There are lots of people on Facebook and Etsy who are selling masks. Here is our list of ones we found and believe to be bona fide sellers:

Molly Watt Trust is selling clear face masks. The trust raises awareness about Usher Syndrome. A mask with a clear panel costs £5. You can order face masks from the website:

There is also a Facebook group called ‘Friendly Facemasks‘. You can go to their website and order one of their facemasks:

friendly face masks with clear panels

Another organisation that sells face masks with a clear panel is EcoTextura. These face masks are eco-friendly and they also donate re-usable face masks to vulnerable people.

Jen Dodds on Facebook suggested a lady in her village who is making masks for a minimum donation of £8 to Macmillan Cancer Charity. The contact email address is: [email protected]

Looking after your mask:

Which? is an independent organisation that provides information and guidance on everything that affects us as consumers. They provide detailed information about buying facemasks. They also have guidance on how to safely remove a facemask and how to wash re-usable face masks. The details can be found here.

The future:

The pandemic has seen community solutions to meet people’s needs. The pandemic has also made the medical profession realise how much medical care relies on facial expression. This realisation has prompted a company in Sweden to start developing a clear face mask that is medically safe and breathable. You can check out the company here.

Are there any other face mask makers we should add? let us know and we can add them to our list!

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