An article in Voice of America News (VOA) profiles a Thai factory that is producing face masks for the hearing impaired to allow them to lip read.

The factory, run by Thailand’s Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, started making the masks with transparent “windows” to show the lips, about two weeks ago. According to VOA‘s report, “they had to adjust their original design because they found a person’s breath often clouded the window, a problem they fixed by reducing the size of the plastic opening.”

The masks are being marketed and sold through a Facebook page that is geared toward Thailand’s hearing-impaired and sign-language interpreter community

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Source: VOA