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Masks and Communication with Deaf People – What’s the Solution?

A blue mask with white trims made of paper laying on a wooden surface.

Lipreading is challenging enough for me as a deaf person. It gives only about 30% of visual information and the rest is a lot of guesswork and filling in the blanks. When a person wears a mask, it’s a nightmare for me as well as for many other deaf and hard of hearing people. It’s difficult even for those who wear hearing devices.

Top 3 Smartphone Examples That Are Deaf-Friendly

3 mobile phones resting on a table, one showing video with captions, one showing notepad, one showing text messages.

As a deaf person, I find my iPhone (or any smartphone in general) an amazing universal gadget that benefits everyone regardless of abilities. I would like to share the top 3 things about a smartphone that puts me on a level playing field with my hearing peers. It is especially important when it comes to Christmas and holidays in general because many deaf and hard of hearing people often feel left out due to the lack of communication and information access to media and at social gatherings.

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