#WATWB – We are the World Blogfest Face Masks Help the Hearing Impaired Community

Welcome to this month’s #WATWB – We are the World Blogfest. This is a collective effort by many authors who’ve joined in to share something good, inspiring and uplifting going on around the world to deflect from the negative, every last Friday of the month.


In this post I’m sharing a beautiful initiative taken on by  17 year old Isabella who is making masks to help the hearing impaired. She first began sewing masks when the Coronavirus broke out then switched to making masks for the hearing impaired. Below is Isabella’s story. The article is from Goodnet.com, written by NICOLE NATHAN BEM.




“Wearing a face mask is mandated in many countries around the world, providing well-needed protection. Yet people who are hearing impaired and rely on visual cues and lipreading, are having difficulty communicating with those who wear masks. Isabella Appell, a compassionate 17-year-old teen from Thousand Oaks, California, has decided to lend a hand. She is voluntarily sewing transparent masks and donating them, reopening the world to the people who are hearing impaired.

Isabella, pre-coronavirus, had been attending high school by day and sewing by night. When the pandemic first arrived, she started sewing regular face masks for other people.

She was soon troubled to hear there were no transparent masks readily available to assist people who need to lipread. As a result, she decided to make them herself and created a home-grown venture called Talking Masks. Her home-made vinyl masks are specially coated with an anti-fog spray that enables people to clearly read lips. . .”  please continue reading Isabella’s story


If you’d like to contribute to #WATWB with a story of your own, you can add your link HERE to share a good deed in the #WATWB Facebook group. 


Source: 17-Year-Old’s Clear Face Masks Help the Hearing Impaired Community – Goodnet



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46 thoughts on “#WATWB – We are the World Blogfest Face Masks Help the Hearing Impaired Community

  1. Such a thoughtful enterprise, the deaf have really been struggling and good to see how the younger generation are finding practical solutions.
    A worthy share dear Debby. Sending thoughts your way from a stormy wet UK. 💚🙏💚


    1. Thank you Sue. Yes, it’s a beautiful initiative and good to see the younger generation taking care of people. I’ve been hearing from quite a few British friends about your very wet weather lately. Arg! Well, sending you some of our sunshine here with hugs. ❤ xxxx


      1. Thank you Debby… We have a few breaks in the cloud this morning so my washing is blowing in the wind today, for how long? I doubt very long as I see more storm clouds on the horizon.. But making the most between showers…
        Have a lovely weekend …. mega hugs back ❤


      2. Oh, fresh laundry! Well, maybe the sun will visit you now that it has left this side of the pond LOL. Happy weekend my friend. Hugs back ❤ xox


  2. I had not heard of masks for the hearing impaired. What a novel and necessary idea.

    This past year I have been supporting an organization called Trades of Hope, which gives women around the world fair trade value for lovely items they create: jewelry, handbags, scarves, leather-goods. Recently they are promoting face masks made by women in India. Many of these women would otherwise be victims to sex trade and maids in homes where they are vulnerable to the advances of predatory males.

    Thanks from broadcasting all this good news!


  3. Hi Debby – congratulations to Isabella for being so thoughtful and helpful – I’ve heard of the challenges on wearing masks – and that’s great she’s encouraging us to remember to speak slowly and clearly … so they can understand us – great #WATWB … stay safe – Hilary


  4. Thanks for sharing this, Debby. I’m embarrassed to say that I never even gave the issue a thought, since I don’t have trouble hearing. But this young lady has discovered a dire need and I’m impresssed by how passionately and selflessly she went about filling the need. The world needs more people like her.


  5. Isabella is a true heroine Debby thank you for sharing this inspirational post of her work for the hard of hearing. It’s amazing that she thought of this at 17 years old of how the traditional masks do not allow for lip reading and so creatively set about rectifying this. Great #WATWB post thank you.


  6. Thanks for sharing this inspiring teenager, Debby. When I see posts like this, it reminds me that there is goodness in the world and gives me so much hope for the next generation. Isabella has a beautiful heart. ❤


  7. I’ve read about this and seen (and signed) petitions going around requesting these types of masks become available. Great initiative and very needed. So many challenges have come from this pandemic, but it’s good to see people meeting them. Thanks for sharing the story, Debby.


    1. I know Olga. It’s remarkable how many have stepped up and come up with things to stave of the virus. Not so long ago masks were hard to get! 🙂 xx


  8. What a wonderful and inspiring initiative and a good reminder that not all is lost in this crazy world we live in. Thank you for sharing, Debby! I’m happy – and relieved – to know that there are still young people out there, being smart, creative, and inventive and making a difference!


  9. This is such a good idea, Debby. You really wonder why all masks aren’t transparent, that would be much better for everyone. Thanks for sharing this inspirational post.


    1. Thanks Robbie. And no doubts, as long as this virus lives, I think people will come out with more and more perfected masks. Personally, I have to wonder what the see through part is made of, for airflow purposes. I know myself, I can breathe better with a triple cotton layer mask, even with filter much better than a polyster one. 🙂


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