Boy Scout 3D Prints Numerous “Ear Guards” To Help Healthcare Workers Suffering From Face Mask Pain

By: | April 15th, 2020

Image courtesy Heather Roney

Worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has infected about 2 million people and the healthcare workers are paying a heavy price in this battle

Photographs of healthcare workers whose faces have been bruised and cut from wearing surgical masks were seen around the world. In fact one can witness the traces of their long shifts on their faces. The tension from the elastic makes their ears sore. 

3D Printed ear guards for healthcare workers

 To relive the health workers from this pain, a Canadian hospital issued a call to help them with this issue. Quinn Callander, a 13-year-old Boy Scout, answered the request. He 3D-printed “ear guards” that are freely available to anyone with a 3D printer.

The simple yet ingenious designed ear guard connects the straps from the masks. It elevates them to the back of the head, and ensures no rubbing of them against the wearer’s ears.

Quinn’s mother shared his invention on Facebook and the post has gone viral. His mother wrote, “Quinn answered a request from the local hospitals for help with creating more ‘ear guards’ to help take the pressure off health care workers’ ears from wearing masks all day. He got busy on his 3D printer and has been turning out dozens of ear guards to donate.”

Ear guard can be replicated by anyone with a printer. If you have a 3D printer and want to donate it, download the file through Thingiverse.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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