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8 October 2021

Buying a mask

When you’re shopping for your next mask, here are the key things to consider.

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The Gadfly
18 Oct 2021
Sonovia masks

Has anybody had experience with the Israeli developed SonoMasks.
https://sonoviastore.com/apps/help-center#hc-what-makes-the-sonomask-unique

Linda H.
17 Oct 2021
Masks and Hearing Aids

What is the best type of mask for people with hearing aids that is also effective.
Lost one hearing aid two weeks ago and while I retraced my steps and checked with places visited it was to no avail. Face mask would have been on entering venues and off shortly after leaving. Talking with our audiologist it is a reasonably common occurence.

John Miller C.
17 Oct 2021
How to protect your hearing aids

How gutting to lose a hearing aid, Linda H.! My advice and personal practice: any type of mask is fine SO LONG AS you don't put its loops over your ears! INSTEAD run a loop of elastic through the mask loops so that you form one continuous elastic band. Put that over your head, taking care when you remove it to keep it away from your ears and aids.

Yvonne
16 Oct 2021
Wool masks made in NZ

Lanaco is a company that makes high quality wool insert masks that are comfortable. The wool is from sheep raised in the South Island with fibers specifically suited to air filters. Their masks were worn by the NZ Olympic team in Tokyo & they are available from a variety of retailers.

Elizabeth C.
16 Oct 2021
Help!

Any advice for people who wear glasses and, especially, people who wear hearing aids?

Yvonne
16 Oct 2021
mask ties & hearing aids

ear loop ones are ok if you don't take them off often, ties stay away from aids but can be hard on the hardo. The key is to get a good tight mask fit over the nose to make the mask effective but also to prevent fogging of eyeglasses

John Miller C.
17 Oct 2021
How to protect your hearing aids

Elizabeth C., see my reply to Linda H. above.

Kate H.
18 Oct 2021
Re: help

Hi Elizabeth, there's a bit in the article about choosing a mask that goes high enough up your face to sit under your glasses to prevent fogging. There are lots of ideas on the internet about washing your glasses in the kitchen sink or de-fogging solutions you can buy - but we haven't tested these. As for avoiding hearing aids, apparently masks with elastic or ties that go around the back of your head can help.
Kate Harvey,
Consumer NZ staff.

Karl O.
16 Oct 2021
plastic visors instead of masks

why is there nothing about visors. People who cant wear masks could probably wear these visors. I have seen a few in use and are probably ,more effective as they cover you your eyes

Jill G.
17 Oct 2021
Visors

Visors are only to be used as eye protection, not as a substitute for a well fitted mask. If you wear a visor then you still need to wear a mask as well.

Kate H.
18 Oct 2021
Re: visors

Hi Karl, there is a bit in there about visors/shields. The advice is they shouldn't be worn on their own but when worn with a face mask they offer extra eye protection.
Kate Harvey,
Consumer NZ staff.

Helen C.
16 Oct 2021
Fabric masks

Here are some hacks : If people are making fabric masks, they might like to consider a silk outer or inner layer. It’s light and breathable, comfortable, and hydrophobic. Also needs to be hand washed. You can improve the fit around the nose of home made masks by inserting florist wire (ends looped) or pipe cleaners at the top when you make them. SpotLight are selling washable mask grade polypropylene mesh for the middle layer. “Boning” keeps the mask pushed away from your face and increases the area of fabric to filter air (hence breathability).

Diane D.
16 Oct 2021
When to wear a mask

When was this article written because currently you do have to wear a mask at the hairdressers.

Kate H.
18 Oct 2021
Re: when to wear a mask

Hi Diane, I wrote it just last week. I took the advice from a few government websites - please let me know if you have seen an official website that says otherwise.
Kate Harvey,
Consumer NZ staff.

John M.
16 Oct 2021
Getting a mask that fits one's nose and chine profile can be a challenge.

I've had problems finding a mask that does not slip down from the ridge of my nose. Some are much better than others. The masks that have come closest to doing the job are the Wagner adult (but it still slips down if I am not careful), and the 3M P2 (but I have to position it quite carefully).

Geoff W.
16 Oct 2021
good fitting mask

Have you tried the 3 D Origami style reusable mask? These fit really well.

Robin B.
09 Oct 2021
Are face visors effective at stopping droplets from mouth and nose

A few people are wearing these face visors and no mask, with the belief that this will stop droplet spread. I think they are dreaming. A well fitting mask stops droplet from mouth and nose being expelled to other people close by. A face visor stops some droplet from other people entering the eye and infecting the wearer

Yvonne
16 Oct 2021
visors

visors have not been shown to be very effective for droplet or aerosols - they mostly prevent splashes. Many are disposable so not good for the environment

Kate H.
18 Oct 2021
Re: face visors

Hi Robin, yes you're right that visors aren't good enough on their own. It says in the article that visors/shields offer added eye protection but need to be worn with a mask.
Kate Harvey,
Consumer NZ staff.

Alastair B.
09 Oct 2021
Which standards are OK?

I have older ones bought during SARS - 3M 9320 masks...they are compliant to standard EN149:2001. Are these better than the cloth ones? Does the new EU standard differ in a significant way?

What actually is a N95 mask...what does it look like...I assume the ones in the illustration are not N95 compliant. It's all a bit confusing still (to me anyway)!

Jill G.
17 Oct 2021
3M masks

The 3M 9320 mask you describe is actually an N 95 mask and a very good one at that. It needs to be fitted very carefully on application. However, this is a single use mask.