NPR had a story recently about a face mask designed to help those who are deaf and hard of hearing. It has a large plastic panel that reveals the mouth and aids those who read lips.

It’s not just those with hearing loss who are clamoring for cloth face masks that have a see-through panel. They are a hot item among teachers, for example, and others who work with children or the elderly. Vendors on the craft site Etsy have taken up the call with masks of varying quality and design.

When I saw an ad on the Internet for this sort of mask, I thought it would be perfect for Teachers people, because students could see their facial expressions as well as their mouths.

If you open the link, you will see why this mask would be valuable in the classroom, and not just for the deaf and hard of hearing but to facilitate nonverbal communication.