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Face masks with windows mean more than smiles to deaf people

The Communicator was developed before the pandemic to address a problem that lip readers have long faced in trying to understand masked workers in hospitals. The problem has been worsened by the pandemic; many interpreters for hearing-impaired people have been unable to go into medical facilities because of the highly contagious coronavirus. But as masks have proliferated outside hospitals, so have the miseries of deaf people.