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Best clear face masks: Where to buy a transparent face covering for lip readers and showing off a smile

Transparent face masks are important for the deaf community - so why aren't more available?

Leanne Bayley

Face masks are a part of our daily life now, so there's a chance you'll own more than one. You might have a sporty one for the gym, a leopard print one for your going out wardrobe or a floral face mask for your summer get-together, but do you own a transparent face mask that will help anyone who is hard of hearing? Probably not. Lipreading is a common technique used by people who have, or are developing, hearing loss. Also, as hearing deteriorates with age, many turn to lipreading for visual clues. 

They've grown in popularity over the past year, and are a necessary face-covering option to help make things easier for the deaf community

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When fashion blogger Luke Christian, who also happens to be deaf, was a guest on BBC Radio 4, he spoke about face masks and how hard it is for the deaf community. "Since people now have to start wearing masks it’s made me feel a lot more anxious about going and about in public," he said. "Especially into shops because I just don’t know how I’m as a deaf person going to be able to understand people. Because I do rely on lip-reading, and facial expressions/facial movements play a big part in this as well. So if there’s big face masks covering half of people’s faces, then that is something that me personally, and lots of other deaf people, are really going to struggle with."

You might have a relative or a friend who's hard of hearing, or you might work in an industry that requires a smile, whatever the reason, scroll down for our pick of the best transparent clear face masks…

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Clear face masks you can buy for lip reading 

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8 facial covers with clear window, £13.99, Amazon

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Clear Face Shield Visor, £6.99, Amazon

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Floral Liberty pattern accessible clear face mask, £28, NotOnTheHighStreet 

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Breathable communicator mask with clear window, £10.82, Etsy

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Komonee Transparent Mask, £12.50, Amazon

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Confetti pattern clear face mask, £28.95, NotOnTheHighStreet 

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Transparent gingham face mask, £12.62, Etsy 

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Transparent face mask, £13.61, Etsy

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Floral Clear Face Masks, £8.50, Etsy

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