The Best Clear Face Masks That Allow for Lipreading, According to Customer Reviews
Even as vaccines start to roll out and become more widely available in the United States and across the world, face masks will still be an essential tool for curbing the spread of COVID-19 for some time to come. In the near-year since the start of the pandemic, many people have finally found their favorite mask. But for some demographics, face masks present a unique challenge.
For those who are hard of hearing or deaf, typical face masks not only muffle the voice of the speaker but also make it impossible to read their lips. This adds an extra barrier to clear communication. So, some brands and independent Etsy sellers have come up with a solution: Reusable fabric masks with a clear vinyl panel in the middle.
According to the CDC, these masks are an appropriate alternative for people who interact with people who are deaf or hard of hearing, young children, people with disabilities, and others who may rely on lip-reading for thorough understanding. As long as excess moisture doesn't collect inside the mask (read: no fog), the user can breathe easily, the rest of the mask is made with two or three layers of a tightly woven fabric, and the mask fits snuggly with no gaps, it is safe to use. It should be noted, however, that double-masking (which the CDC recommends as of February 2021) is not possible with a clear panel mask.
If you do interact with people who would benefit from your use of a clear panel mask, however, there are plenty of well-made options available. Here are the best ones, according to customer reviews.
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