Laken Brooks’ Op-Ed Piece Featured on CNN

Posted by Monica Hoel
Laken reminds us to be mindful that a face mask makes communication more difficult for the hearing impaired.

Laken Brooks is a native of Lansing, North Carolina, and is a graduate student at the University of Florida where she studies disability, digital humanities, public history, and literature. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Emory & Henry, so her name might be familiar. But one thing not everyone knows is that she deals with tinnitus.

Now that much of the country is walking around wearing face masks to avoid the spread of COVID-19, she is acutely aware that reading lips is suddenly not an option.

Her opinion piece was picked up by CNN, and it shares the concerns about face masks from the standpoint of someone who needs to watch your face for clues while you’re talking.

Here’s her story.

  • Laken Brooks, E&H Class of 2017

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