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Mask policies handicap the deaf. Many deaf people read lips. You can’t read lips if they are behind a piece of cloth. I have been thinking about this lately because I had a double-ear infection. My ears were all stuffed up, and my hearing was down to less than 20% of normal. Being temporarily hearing-impaired can lead to some real adventures, but being such in the age of COVID Security Theater makes it even more interesting. I find that I can read lips. I was using that to understand what my wife was saying quite a bit while my ears were stuffed up, but when we went out somewhere, it became impossible.
I had a meeting at church dealing with the phone system. The board member I was dealing with is a woman with a very soft voice. Try to maintain six-feet of social distancing while trying to hear what such a person is saying as she is muffled behind a mask. It did not work out well.
@drewinwisconsin just posted this in the PIT: “DNR tells employees to wear masks during Zoom calls, even when they are alone at home.” The headline is enough, you don’t have to click through and read about how brain-dead Wisconsin’s government appointees are. But it brought to mind that this is an ADA lawsuit waiting to happen. How is this effecting deaf or hearing-impaired employees? What measures are in place to help them cope? Anyone know anything on the subject?
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