Ashley Lawrence, who is studying at Eastern Kentucky University, has been designing face masks for people with hearing loss. Namely, after she had realized that people are designing their face masks due to the shortage of face masks amid the pandemic, it came to her mind that nobody has created face masks for the deaf.
She took a needle and created her face mask with a transparent screen over the mouth, allowing speech reading. Moreover, the transparent screen allows better observation of facial expressions while speaking.
On Tuesday, in an email to CBS News, Ashley wrote that she had been overwhelmed with the responses and was pleased that she could bring awareness to The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Those involved in the project decided sewing hand-made face masks without prior experience.