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The cloth face mask has become an everyday staple as wearing a face covering can help slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, typical face masks can also make it harder to hear and impossible to read lips, which makes day-to-day life in the age of social distancing especially difficult for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
But there's an alternative! Clear face masks are a great option to increase visibility of the face. These masks feature a transparent, see-through panel that allow others to read lips and see facial expressions, while still protecting the wearer and those surrounding them.
Available in various patterns and colors, several brands and stores are now offering clear face masks. Now you can protect yourself and others andsee their lovely smile.
If you like fun prints, try face masks made by ZarasCreative, available on Etsy. They're offered in patterns from leopard to Spider-Man and have a clear window and stretchy elastics. The two-layer design is offered in adult and kids' sizes.
ArtToFrame's face shield offers your face protection from saliva or droplets at 180 degrees. This face shield comes with acrylic glasses embedded (which can fit over most eyeglasses) and has anti-fog capabilities. These face shields come with two pairs included.
The Rafi Nova Smile Mask was designed by a speech language pathologist for the deaf and hard of hearing. The fabric face mask with transparent panel comes in tie-behind or ear loop styles. A kids size is also available. A Quiet Place actress Millicent Simmonds, who is deaf, has teamed up with Rafi Nova to design a limited-edition floral print design of the Smile Mask. All proceeds from the Millie Smile Mask will benefit Deaf Women of Color and Texas Hands and Voices. The brand recommends using the Anti-Fog Solution with the mask to repel moisture.