Dr. Joan McCormack says clear masks would allow for lip-reading and facial expressions to be seen. (Courtesy Photo)
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Swampscott doctor pushes ‘clear’ masks to help communication with those hard-of-hearing

SWAMPSCOTT — While masks are currently considered a necessary safety tool against COVID-19, those who wear them might find they have a hard time communicating with people who suffer from hearing loss. 

But masks that are clear, allowing those with hearing loss to see part of a speaker's face, could solve part of the problem. 

According to Dr. Joan McCormack, a doctor of audiology at Atlantic Hearing Care Inc. in Swampscott, masks make it virtually impossible for those with hearing loss to read lips or facial expressions, which can aid the…

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