Updated: May 26, 2021
Easing the Ears : Making Mask-Wearing Comfortable for Doctors
Client: Kauvery Group of Hospitals
Category: Product Design
Masks have become a prevailing image of the COVID-19 pandemic. While they do help in preventing the spread of the disease, it is uncomfortable wearing one for extended periods of time, as health workers do, causing rashes at contact points. The Ear Protector offers relief to the ear from the pressure of the masks and its elastic bands. The skin behind the ear is sensitive and can get affected on constant exposure to masks.
"This innovation was a neccisity for doctors"
Dr. Manivannan Selvaraj, Founder and Managing Director, Kauvery Group of Hospitals
On a day-to-day basis
On visits to the store, public areas or while communiting, we often try to remove our masks when wearing for longer periods to get relief in our ears.
Serves as a mask holder
Removing our masks become easier with the ear protector as it stays intact even when you're not wearing it. The tedious job of having to remove your mask while eating is made simpler
Pain on the ears caused by prolonged usage of Masks
Doctors and medical practitioners who wear masks for hours at a stretch have been dealing with nagging ear pain as the masks pull on their ears.
3 Ply Masks and Over-the-Ear elastic masks were the most commonly available masks to the general public and to medical practioners during the COVID-19 outbreak. The idea was to create an accessory to work with a wide range of masks and especially, the elastic band ones.
A Multipurpose Accessory
Apart from masks, face shields were a common sight at hospitals due to the full facial protection they provide from particles. The Ear Protector was designed to work along with common face shields available in the market during the COVID-19 outbreak.