A Fully Transparent Surgical Mask Photo: TheClearMask

Production of world’s first FDA-approved transparent nose masks in progress, says firm

*ClearMask reveals clear masks make it easier to communicate with the hearing impaired persons

*It’s world’s first FDA-cleared, fully transparent surgical mask for use in hospitals, clinics, schools, retail, hospitality, other settings

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As one of the recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and face-covering requirements against the novel COVID-19 pandemic, consumers can now purchase fully transparent surgical masks, which make it easier to communicate with hearing-impaired people.

ConsumerConnect gathered ClearMask LLC, a privately held United States (US) medical supply company, says its transparent mask, which got US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in early April 2020, is in production and can be purchased online.

According to the company, it’s the world’s first FDA-cleared, fully transparent surgical mask that can be used in hospitals, clinics, schools, retail, hospitality, and other settings. It meets applicable ASTM Level 3 requirements for fluid resistance and flammability, says agency report.

The mask developed before the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but it was quickly viewed as a practical alternative when traditional masks and face coverings began to present problems for people who depend on reading lips in order to effectively communicate.

It was learnt that the company’s timing was spot-on.

Johns Hopkins University graduate students and alumni started working on a transparent mask in 2017 because a company co-founder, who is deaf, had an adverse experience during her surgery.

She was unable to communicate with the medical team performing the procedure.

With improved visual communication, work on the mask was said to have begun, and was completed earlier this year, just as the pandemic began to spread across the globe. The FDA quickly gave its approval and mass production has now begun, the company said.

Allysa Dittmar, President of ClearMask LLC, said: “After three years of research, development, and testing, we are thrilled to bring a human-centered mask to everyone who needs it, especially those who can benefit from improved visual communication, such as children, older adults, deaf and hard of hearing people, and those who do not speak the same language.”

The masks are designed specifically for medical facility use, but the company also offers a non-medical, consumer nose masks that similarly help to improve visual communication and provide protection at a lower price.

The new consumer masks offer benefits to different communities in need, including state emergency management agencies and essential workers, said the company.

The firm is selling the products directly to consumers through this Web site.

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