New information on (clear) masks, for people with hearing loss

Posted by arrowshooter @arrowshooter, Feb 10 9:15am

There is documentation on the effects of masks on sound. This is from a Caption Call web site.
Basically says clear masks aren’t good for sound transmission.
Be sure to watch the video.

https://captioncall.com/blog/hearing-loss-are-clear-masks-really-the-answer

Thank you for sharing this information. The mask thing is something we are just going to have to live through. Even people who hear well are having problems with muffled speech due to masks. The toll this is taking on people with hearing loss is unprecedented. I do find that when I use a hand held microphone it helps a little, although it's inconvenient to have to have it ready to use at all times. This too shall pass! I hope.

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I actually prefer the face shield myself. The one with the plastic
glasses type frame works so well on me that I sometimes forget I have it on

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@arrowshooter This is timely and useful information. You will notice I slightly changed the title and I added it to the COVID-19 group. I did this so your post could reach more people that may be interested in the information you have to share.

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@erikas

@arrowshooter This is timely and useful information. You will notice I slightly changed the title and I added it to the COVID-19 group. I did this so your post could reach more people that may be interested in the information you have to share.

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Thank you!

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@th1

I actually prefer the face shield myself. The one with the plastic
glasses type frame works so well on me that I sometimes forget I have it on

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Please be aware that according to the CDC, a face shield alone doesn't block aerosol transmission of droplets they simply go around the edges & are inhaled. The are meant to provide and "extra layer" of protection, specifically to help keep particles out of eyes & off skin, and to be used together with a mask. In my dentists' office, they use mask & fitted glasses, covered by a shield.

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Yes, I know. I am a heavy breather plus claustrophobic, can only tolerate mask short term if required

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@th1

Yes, I know. I am a heavy breather plus claustrophobic, can only tolerate mask short term if required

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@th1 On Amazon I found inserts that make wearing mask more breathable It's like a round plastic cup fits on inside of mask and still your mask covers nose and mouth to under chin I love mine makes breathing easier Check mask on Amazon It sure helps

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@th1

Yes, I know. I am a heavy breather plus claustrophobic, can only tolerate mask short term if required

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i think "they" recommend a face shield over a regular cloth mask. Can you atleast use that combination for,say,30 mts., when you're at a short visit like grocery or pharmacy. My doctor said that's the safest but I feel wierd wearing a shield. Kathy

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My mask is usually pretty wet if I wear it a half hour. Will ask my Dr. about it when I go in 2 weeks. I try to limit my non-masked time when out, but I now have had both vaccines, 2nd shot on the 4th of Feb., so hopefully soon the shield will be OK all the time for me. If I understand correctly, we wear protection so we don't infect others? The 6 to 30 foot spacing and hand washing is more to protect ourselves?

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@th1

My mask is usually pretty wet if I wear it a half hour. Will ask my Dr. about it when I go in 2 weeks. I try to limit my non-masked time when out, but I now have had both vaccines, 2nd shot on the 4th of Feb., so hopefully soon the shield will be OK all the time for me. If I understand correctly, we wear protection so we don't infect others? The 6 to 30 foot spacing and hand washing is more to protect ourselves?

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@th1 Yes your right we wear mask to protect others and distance washing hands for self In fact when I handle anything at grocery store or other I wear gloves

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@th1

I actually prefer the face shield myself. The one with the plastic
glasses type frame works so well on me that I sometimes forget I have it on

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Oregon, which has required masks since mid-March, has many places that don't allow people in with only face shields. I agree that they're comfortable…but they just aren't as safe as a mask, so aren't permitted in many places. Lots of places in Oregon also don't allow gaiters or handkerchief "masks." Our small town of 8,000 (which balloons to over 50,000 most weekends due to tourists) has only had two outbreaks: the first was a family of four where the father brought Covid home from a seafood processing plant; family was quarantined and no one else got Covid from them. Second was five motel workers who caught Covid from guests after an extremely nice (read: busy) weekend in August; again, all five were quarantined –no spread whatsoever. There have been huge spreader events due to people renting vacation rental houses for a weekend or week: they're so expensive (just the cleaning fee starts at $200) that most renters invite lots of friends. It's common to see 6 to 8 or more vehicles outside a VRD (vacation rental). One single week-long rental resulted in over 200 people contracting Covid, thankfully, none of them here. The single person who infected others wasn't really sick until after he got home and had infected fellow workers. There were eight separate households represented in that little gathering at the coast. In spite of the danger, we still see multiple cars outside VRDs most weekends. …some people's kids…

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@th1

Yes, I know. I am a heavy breather plus claustrophobic, can only tolerate mask short term if required

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@th1– Good morning. Wearing masks is not my favorite thing at all! They can feel very confining. When I being to feel this way and I can't stand it anymore I take a break. I sneak somewhere to remove it safely. That really helps.

Have you tried this?

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