Ear saver

3D printed ear saver

An ear saver, also known as mask strain release strap or mask extender,[1] is an accessory to personal protective equipment (PPE), relieves strain on a mask wearer's ears created through the loops of masks. Ear savers were designed as novel items during the COVID-19 pandemic by the open-source hardware community in response to requests sides medical professionals reporting heavy strain on their ears.[2] Ear savers have since been commercialized for a broader population of users as the pandemic wore on.[3][4]


Four methods are used to manufacture ear savers: 3D printing, laser cutting, injection molding and sewing (a modified version with crocheted buttons on a headband).[5][6] During the COVID-19 pandemic, the maker movement alone produced more than 2.2 million ear savers.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Jacobs, Amber (22 July 2020). "Year 7 student's 3D-printed coronavirus face mask extenders raise funds for bushfire victims". ABC News. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  2. ^ "DESIGN | MAKE | PROTECT" (PDF). Open Source Medical Supplies. February 22, 2021.
  3. ^ Lord, Emma. "17 Problem-Solving Products To Make Wearing A Face Mask With Glasses Easier". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  4. ^ Bennett, Alexis (2020-08-12). "If You Aren't Wearing One of These Ear Savers With Your Mask, Your Ears Are Missing Out". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  5. ^ "PROJECT LIBRARY". Open Source Medical Supplies. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  6. ^ "It's not just a fashion statement... it's an ear saver for those who wear masks often | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  7. ^ "COVID-19 Maker Response". Nation of Makers. Retrieved 2021-02-22.

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