Woman born with only one ear sticks a POPSOCKET to the side of her head to keep the face mask in place
A young Missouri woman shows people there is no excuse not to wear a face mask – because although she only has one ear, she has still found creative ways to keep her masks safe.
So in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she turned to TikTok to find out how to keep a standard face mask over her mouth and nose – and, at viewers’ suggestions, she got it working through a PopSocket, a Command Hook, and a prosthetic ear on the side of her face.
Viral: Rhys Yarbrough, a 20-year-old college student, was born with a craniofacial condition called Goldenhar syndrome, which left her with only one ear
How to: A tongue-in-cheek video asking how to wear a mask when she doesn’t have a left ear went viral
Rhys, who has undergone about seven corrective surgeries and is completely deaf on her right side, first went viral a week ago when she posted a TikTok video complaining about the ear hooks on face masks.
“Can someone please explain to me how to wear this?” she says, holding up a cloth mask.
“I know you hook it to your ears, but one small problem – I don’t have any damn ears!”
Suggestions poured in from viewers, and Rhys soon tried some of the nicer ones.
First, she attached a PopSocket – meant for the back of a smartphone for a better grip – to the smooth side of her head where an ear would normally be.
Try it: Suggestions poured in from viewers, and Rhys soon tried some of the nicer ones
Fixed: First she attached a PopSocket – meant for the back of a smartphone for a better grip – on the smooth side of her head where an ear would normally be
To work! She then demonstrated how to put on a mask, showing that the PopSocket actually worked quite well
She then demonstrated how to put on a mask, showing that the PopSocket actually worked quite well.
Then she tried a Command wall hook, which also worked.
In actuality, the prosthetic ear she usually wears works fine to keep her mask in place.
So, she said, she finds it irritating that she can figure out how to follow the rules and recommendations for masks, but others refuse and even make up false medical excuses.
She also BuzzFeed that before the videos she had ‘never used anything other than my prosthesis as an ear’ and ‘was curious how it would really work’.
Another try: then she tried a Command wall hook, which also worked
Tape: She put it on the side of her head, the hook pointing back
What do you think of that? She gave her thumbs up when it worked
Solution? She usually wears a prosthesis in public and that can keep a face mask in place
‘I tend to forget that my life is different from most people, and I never thought I’d get so much attention putting a crazy PopSocket on my face,’ she said
‘The PopSocket was definitely firmer and felt more comfortable to wear,’ she said, adding that they both ‘came off easily and left no marks.’
Rhy’s videos have gone viral, with the PopSocket viewed 24.8 million times to date.
“I tend to forget that my life is different from most people, and I never thought I’d get this much attention putting a crazy PopSocket on my face,” she said.
The video has also led to other people with similar conditions reaching out, so she now has ‘this whole new network of people who are just like me’.