Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Wayne seeks to solve mask problem

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We’ve all complained about it at least once since mandatory masks came in to effect . . . the pain of the straps on your ears.

But imagine being hearing impaired, and every time you strap on a mask it turns your hearing aids off.

That’s the exact problem Wayne Morrison was having every time he had to go out in public.

And the bespectacl­ed retiree said fogging was also an issue.

‘‘Every time I put a mask on, I was not only deaf but blind too,’’ he said.

‘‘I had to rely on someone to guide me.

‘‘Plus I took note that every time someone took their mask off it would go in their pocket or on the table, and that seemed counter intuitive.’’

The self-proclaimed overthinke­r said born out of those observatio­ns was a reasonably simplistic strap free face mask, made from materials sourced at Deniliquin businesses.

Face masks used predominat­ely in industrial situations and a perspex handyman

face shield were the main items Mr Morrison knew he needed.

All it took then was a selfadhesi­ve velcro spot, and a bit of patience in lining the face mask up perfectly with his face on the inside of the shield.

‘‘I think it cost me about $50 all up, and all from local businesses,’’ he said.

‘‘I would be more than happy to source the materials and make up a pack for anyone else in

town who needs such a mask.

‘‘I can do it at cost, and if there does happen to be any change it will be donated to charity.

‘‘I’m also happy to talk anyone through it if they want to source and make their own.’’

If you would like help with a strap free mask, call Mr Morrison on 0402 746 434.

 ??  ?? Wayne Morrison with the face mask he made to prevent his hearing aids from being turned off by mask straps.
Wayne Morrison with the face mask he made to prevent his hearing aids from being turned off by mask straps.

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