Student creates face masks for hearing-impaired and shares design online


A student has created face masks to accommodate the hearing-impaired in the community, also sharing her design online for all to use.

The typical face mask obscures the mouth, which many deaf and hard of hearing people use for lip reading and in sign language.

The new design includes a transparent section which leaves the mouth visible to others.

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Ashley Lawrence studies deaf education at Eastern Kentucky University, and offered to give away the deaf-friendly face masks she made for free.

When demand became too high, she made a video tutorial advising viewers on how to make the masks at home.

Lawrence also created a GoFundMe page which raised over $3,000 (£2,417) towards the project.

Her work can be viewed below in an interview with local news channel Lex18:

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