Neatee designer Linnaea has been profoundly hard-of-hearing since birth. She has authored two books about hearing loss, and is frequently asked to speak on the topic to organizations and groups. She has developed a website devoted to helping with the challenges of hearing loss at HearingLossTips.com.
Neatees has designed some t-shirts to assist the hard-of-hearing. This latest one, "I can't hear you when you cover your mouth," is a visual representation of what it is like when a hearing impaired person needs to read lips that are being covered.
Says Linnaea about what can affect her ability to read lips:
- Hands in front of mouth
- Bushy mustaches
- Mouth full of food
- Dark environment
- Dentures that flap when a person is talking
- Super exaggerated lip movements (doesn’t help)
- Person not looking at her
So our latest t-shirt is designed to remind people to make sure their lips are clearly visible if conversing with someone who has a hearing loss.