HEARING IMPAIRED PEOPLE DEMAND TRANSPARENT MASKS FOR LIP-READING


09/05/2020




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- As in many countries, Belgium is strongly advising its citizens against the Coronavirus outbreak to use masks in public spaces, on public transport and outside their homes. However, the use of these masks creates a difficult situation for hearing-impaired people, who also need lip movements while communicating with hand signals.

For this reason, hearing-impaired people in Belgium demand that face masks be produced transparently to show Lip Movements.

Marie-Florence Devalet, President of the Belgian Federation of hearing impaired persons, who made a statement on the subject, said: "We can no longer read lips and this affects our communication very negatively. We're under enough stress because of the Coronavirus outbreak, and it's not enough, and not being able to communicate with anyone has made our lives very difficult. Masks cover more than half the faces. Not only do we not understand what's being said, We don't understand the other person's facial expressions. It affects people in our situation psychologically and causes us to worry."


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