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Smile Masks Are Made For The Hearing Impaired So Everyone Can Be Seen And Heard

The pandemic has ushered in a seemingly endless number of challenges. We can't spend time with large groups of friends and family, we can't readily eat in restaurants or go to the movies, and we have to add face masks to our daily routine. For many the latter isn't a huge deal, but for those who struggle with hearing, it can be a real barrier.

Thankfully, there are masks on the market with clear panels so lip reading is made easier. But doing one even better is Rafi Nova, a company whose clear-panel mask was created with the help of a speech pathologist, who not only included the see-through panel but also added adjustable ear loops that can accommodate hearing aids and cochlear implants.

It's the type of attention to detail that can really make a difference in a person's life, whether their hearing loss is minor or major.

Safety and communication should always be mutually inclusive.

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Made with the help of a speech-language pathology clinical fellow, the Smile Mask features a number of fun patterns that are suitable for women, men, and kids.

We've got smiles for days when it comes to these masks.

These masks aren't just made with the goal of inclusivity, they're also made for comfort.

Each Smile Mask also comes with an extender that allows the ear loops to accommodate hearing aids and cochlear implants, and they're paired with FDA-approved anti-fog spray so there's never any condensation blocking the clear panel.

Creating equitable face masks has never been quite so fashionable.

These Smile masks aren't just great when it comes to accessibility, they're also super cute.

There's no reason to compromise on quality or style when it comes to these masks, because they have both.

With plenty of styles to choose from, there's something for everyone.

It's time for others to be able to read our lips.

Smile Masks are available in sizes for both kids and adults, and can be purchased on the Rafi Nova website for $22 per mask. You can also buy them in packs of 2, 4, 10, and 50.

The company is so dedicated to ensuring their masks are the right fit for the hearing impaired community that they're even looking for people to test them out. So, if you are hearing impaired, live or work in an environment where you need to be both heard and seen, reach out and offer to test the masks and leave a review.

And let us know your thoughts, too.