Ford Motor Company has designed and created clear N95 face masks to help hearing-impaired people read lips, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The masks, which have a design patent and federal OSHA approval pending, are meant to supplement or even replace cloth masks, according to the article.

The idea behind the initial design was to reintroduce the idea of “humanity,” where facial expressions could be shared between healthcare providers and their patients.

“I was interested in making something that was reusable, that didn’t fog somebody’s glasses,” Will Brick, the mask’s designer, was quoted as saying in the article. “I was looking in the mirror at the shop to see how it would fit on the face and realized I could see myself smiling.”

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Source: Detroit Free Press