By Breana Pitts

BOSTON (CBS) – A Boston hospital has found a clear solution to the communication barrier created by masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Masks can be a problem for patients who are deaf, hard of hearing and the elderly who rely on lip reading.

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So, a team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has brought in transparent face masks for workers.

About 500 of these new transparent masks are being distributed around the hospital.

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James Wiggins, ASL Interpreter at the Brigham, wears the new transparent mask. (Photo credit: Brigham and Women’s Hospital)

The Disability Task Force at the Brigham worked on getting the masks. They focus on patients and families with disabilities and the additional ways COVID-19 may effect them.

The Brigham says the new masks are also being used by sign language interpreters at the hospital.

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The best part about them? You can see a smile.

Breana Pitts