"For anyone who uses speech reading, lip reading, anybody like that," Lawrence said about the purpose of the masks. "And people who are profoundly deaf who use ASL as their primary mode of communication. ASL is very big on facial expressions and it is part of the grammar.
So I don't know if you have seen Virginia Moore on Andy Beshear's things at five o'clock, but she's very emotive, and if half of that is gone because you're wearing a mask then half of what you're saying is being missed, so even if it's not physically talking and just using ASL, then you need to have that kind of access."
This was an amazing project to see surface! It's really great to see the project evolve, too. In the article, the creator mentions trying different things for people with cochlear implants and hearing aids if they can't wrap the masks around the ears.
My only concern with the design is potential window for exposure. I'm curious how they mitigate that, and what an iterated version of this looks like to rectify that. Regardless, it's incredible to see this made specifically for those who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Question: What are your thoughts on the design?