Brooklyn Park Resident Creates Ear Protectors for Health Care Workers
When Jasmine Darden’s not busy teaching students at Dunwoody College of Technology, she’s most likely engineering a new project involving 3D prints in her Brooklyn Park home.
Darden was inspired by a design she saw online to make ear protectors for people wearing face masks. Unexpectedly, her project blew up and demand escalated from coast to coast.
“I posted it up on Facebook, thinking only friends and family will contact me and it’s gotten absolutely viral,” Darden said.
Darden has gotten hundreds of orders from hospitals across the world including a big order from Mayo Clinic. Darden’s ear protectors are free, but if you’d like to donate to cover the cost of making them there is a GoFundMe site.
Darden said people who use face masks for long periods of time will feel discomfort and irritation behind the ears. To avoid that problem just attach the mask onto the earband instead of your ears.
Darden’s ear savers are unique because they have inspiring phrases such as “I AM LOVE” and “I AM PROUD.” She said it’s part of her “I AM” positivity campaign a few years ago.
“I decided to add the I AM words there because why not add a little light during this time of darkness,” Darden said.
Darden has 22 3D printers in her basement. It’s the same 3D printers she uses to teach middle, high school and college students.
She said it takes 20 minutes to make a single ear saver. Darden can make 300 a day.
All of Darden’s ear protectors are donated. Darden collects monetary donations to cover the cost of making them.
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