From Amy regarding the clear, plastic face masks:
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month and what is more important than communication? In the midst of this unfortunate pandemic, healthcare workers are desperately seeking personal protective equipment, which is in short supply. Many have created reusable, fabric masks per the CDC to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, however, these have created some difficulties in not only speaking but also understanding one another when trying to communicate.
The ability to produce sounds, words and sentences are essential to communicating effectively. 55% of communication is visual! Traditional masks block faces and prevent the ability to express emotion, see visual cues and other facial expressions. A clear window, or transparent, face mask has been found to effectively improve vital communication and allow us to connect with our patients, especially for those who are hard of hearing or need lip reading to gather information. We wanted to provide a better way to not only express ourselves more clearly, but also be able to have our reactions and expressions be understood and interpreted.
Stacy Carter, PTA/DOR
Director of Rehabilitation