Boy Scout Makes 'Ear Guards' For Health Care Workers To Ease The Pain Caused By Wearing Masks

April 6, 2020

A boy scout in Canada is using his skills in an effort to help alleviate some of the pressure on healthcare workers.

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Quinn / Credit: Heather Roney

Quinn Roney is using his 3D printer to create "ear guards" so medical staff wearing face masks all day don't have sore ears at the end of their shifts.

"Quinn answered a request from the local hospitals for help with creating 'ear guards' to help take the pressure off health care workers ears from wearing masks all day," his mother, Heather Roney said in a Facebook post.

"He got busy on his 3D printer and has been turning out dozens of ear guards to donate."

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Credit: Heather Roney

The ear guards stretch across the back of the head and secure the straps of surgical masks, so they don't pull on the ears and create tension. The strap also includes several rigged pieces across the length to allow healthcare workers to adjust it to fit perfectly.

Heather's post has been well received with over 277,000 shares.

"As someone who works in healthcare I can say that this is fantastic! When we wear them constantly all day everyday, they actually start to cut into the back of our ears," wrote one user.

Quinn has also made the file he's using public to inspire others to follow suit.

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