Quinn Callander Invents and Donates Ear Guards for Hospitals and Medical Professionals


Bianca Schnerre, Writer

Medical staff all around the nation are wearing masks to protect themselves against Covid-19 also well known as the coronavirus. The tension from the mask’s elastic ear straps often leave the people wearing them for hours on end with sore ears. A hospital in Canada reached out and asked if anyone could help alleviate the pain caused by the masks. A boy living local to the hospital came to the rescue and found a solution to the strenuous ear straps of the masks. That boy is 13-year-old, boy scout Quinn Callander. On a Facebook post Quinn’s mom, Heather Roney, uploaded a series of pictures of Quinn featuring the “ear guards” and a snippet of the photo’s caption stated “He got busy on his 3D printer and has been turning out dozens of ear guards to donate,” and goes more in depth of the details on the full caption. The post included the link to the file they used to make the ear guards so more people with 3D printers can also join the cause, and make more guards to donate to hospitals and medical professionals. Since the perfection of his design, Quinn produced over 1,300 straps in a single week.

The ear guards have a simple yet innovative design. The ear guard is a notched strap that sits on the back of a person’s head alleviating all the tension from the elastic straps tugging on the ears. When a person wears the mask with the ear guards the elastic bands are looped around the notches on both sides of the guard to fit the person comfortably. The ear guard alleviates irritating ear pain for medical professionals, and I advise anyone reading this with a 3D printer to go to Heather Roney´s Facebook post, get the file, and make their own guards to donate to any essential workers or hospitals.

Source: https://mymodernmet.com/3d-printed-ear-guards/