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Inspired by executive's daughter, Quebec company unveils low-cost masks with 'window' for mouth

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  MONTREAL -- Eyes may be called the window to the soul, but a Quebec manufacturer is adding a window of understanding to surgical masks for the hard of hearing.

Entreprise Premont has been producing millions of surgical masks every week, and it's set to ramp up its output with a new surgical mask that allows people to see the wearer’s mouth.

Various groups have been calling for low-cost see-through masks throughout the pandemic, but motivation to figure out how to mass-produce the product came from very close to home.

"One of my daughters has a hearing problem,” said company vice-president Luc Girard.

“When I [started] production with the regular face mask I always [would think] about something to help my daughter.”

Six months and $2 million later, the company has launched the Humask-Pro Vision, which it touts as revolutionary and a game changer for people with hearing difficulties.

“We hard-of-hearing people, we read lips,” said Jeanne Choquette of Audition Quebec, a not-for-profit advocacy group for people with hearing difficulties. “We need to read lips to compensate [for] our loss.”  [...]

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Source: Matt Grillo and Andrew Brennan, CTV News Montreal, December 9, 2020
Photo: Entreprise Prémont

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