See-through coronavirus face masks let hearing-impaired physical therapist keep working
As researchers push for the widespread use of face coverings to combat coronavirus, one health professional came up with a creative way to help her hearing-impaired employee, who relies on lip-reading to communicate.
At Mission Hospital in south Orange County, California, hearing-impaired physical therapist Susan Adams said she became concerned that masking requirements might put her out of a job if she could no longer read lips.
However, her supervisor, Michelle Darrow, started sewing protective equipment with a clear panel over the mouth area that would allow Adams to see her co-workers’ lip movements, The OC Register reported.
“I had a profound sense of gratitude because without Michelle advocating for me, I wouldn’t be working,” Adams, told the paper.
“It means so much to be able to work.”