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Mum Creates Face Mask With See-Through Piece For Her Deaf Daughter

Mum Creates Face Mask With See-Through Piece For Her Deaf Daughter

They've had hundreds of orders from places such as care homes

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

A deaf mum has been hand-crafting face masks that come with a clear patch on the front so that people who can't hear can lip read.

Forty-two-year-old Justine Bate, from Manchester, has created the design to aid herself and her 10-year-old daughter Teona, who is also deaf.

However, since others found out about what she's doing, she's been inundated for orders from places like care homes, where these masks - which are advertised as not being of PPE quality - could make a real difference to some people's quality of life.

The graphic designer was worried that her daughter wouldn't be able to communicate with her friends at school when she goes back, so set about filling that gap with a simple, but incredible, idea.


Her husband Carl has also started wearing one, too.

She makes each mask on a sewing machine in her attic, and sells them online for £5.99 each, including postage and packaging.

So far, she's sold 42, but has received enquiries about hundreds more.

Carl said: "We can't make them quickly enough for what people need.

"From the messages we are getting a lot of people from care homes - people who have got dementia and children who have got certain types of autism where they are actually scared of people with this full face mask on.

"It is easier as they do not get scared.

"A lot of messages are from people with carers that work with care homes that want these masks where they can actually see the lips so it is not scary.

"They look a bit different but it is the interests of the patient that is important. You can look stupid but as long as your patient is feeling calm it is a benefit for that person.

"It was not to do with making money it was to do with doing something for our daughter for making her life easier.


Speaking about the response - the initial Facebook post received 12,000 shares - he continued: "It's been so overwhelming. She's a bit apprehensive but she's been honest with people that it's not PPE quality as there is no filter.

"Even people from the care homes said they are not bothered because of the ability to communicate with disabled people in an easier way.

"It's quite overwhelming but she's loving it. The deaf community can be quite a hard place to socialise. It does bring a lot of deaf people together.

"The amount of people who have come up to her and asked for these masks is quite overwhelming.

"She's loving the fact that she's helping others make a better quality of life in this situation."


Mrs Bate has been deaf since birth, but only started learning sign language at around 16 years old.

After trialling a few ways of making the masks, Carl reckons they've now got their technique 'perfect'.

He added: "It wasn't easy. I had my ways of doing it and she's got her way - but her way was the best way."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

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