Hamilton gift maker’s ‘ear savers’ a hit with health-care workers wearing PPE masks

A product from a Hamilton woman’s home-based gift business has become an unexpected hit with many frontline health-care workers having to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brooke Sass says the demand for her ‘ear savers’ — a respiratory mask accessory — has surpassed her expectations and it’s kept her quite busy during downtime from her regular job working with elementary school students.

“Yeah, it’s been a very overwhelming week. That’s for sure,” Sass told Global News.

Cut from plastic file folders and reinforced with a heat press, the savers protect a mask wearer’s ears from potential sores and blisters by taking on the weight of the elastic band attached to the PPE device.

Sass says the idea came about in an effort to help a cousin working at McMaster hospital required to wear a protective mask.

“I had kind of just thought, what can I do to help out now that I’m not working,” said Sass.


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