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Free Ear Saver for essential workers

Face masks are an essential form of protection for workers on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis, but wearing them all day long can leave essential workers with sore ears from the elastic.

Glowforge, a 3D laser-printing company, has a solution for that with Ear Savers!

The Ear Saver is a simple piece of acrylic that makes mask sizing more flexible and remove pressure and friction from the ears, making any mask more comfortable to wear.

The Glowforge factory, along with thousands of Glowforge users at home, are now printing these Ear Savers so that frontline workers can get them for free! Anyone wearing a mask in their role as an essential worker can request a free Ear Saver. This includes nurses, retail workers, delivery workers, doctors, sanitation workers, etc.


woman with red hair wearing orange Ear Savers

When you sign up, you’ll be matched with someone in your community who can fulfill your request. You can choose to have your Ear Savers dropped off or shipped to you for free, but if you have an urgent need and you’re willing to pay for shipping, you may be able to get your Ear Savers delivered to you faster.


pile of red and blue Ear Savers

If you own a 3D Laser Printer, you can help!

Glowforge has free files and instructions for printing your own Ear Savers at home and your printer does not need to be a Glowforge to participate. When you sign up, you’ll be matched with front line heroes in your community to make delivery easy and enable your prints to help people right away. Head on over here to learn more about how you can help!


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Comments 37

  1. Jamie

    My husband works in manufacturing (essential workers) and they’ve all had sore ears for weeks. Unsurprising considering you can literally tug on someone’s ears forward to stop an assailant; it HURTS. Thank you for posting this, I’ve forwarded it to him so he can relay it to his boss and they can all get some pain-free work hours.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re SO very welcome! Glad you can pass it along!

  2. Regina

    Thank you! I am laboratory scientist & I have to wear mask all day. I tighten it (I’m an asian with no nose 😂) with a paper clip. I ordered for my coworkers, too. Thank you sou much!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re most welcome! 💕

  3. Ashley

    Thank you! The pain is no joke. Even after just one day of continuous mask wearing my ears were extremely tender. We have been trying a combination of different ideas at my hospital and would love to give these a try.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Ashley! Hoping these bring you some relief!

  4. Lonie

    You can also use a rubber band and two paper clips! Hook the paper clips to the straps that go around your ears and then connect them with the rubber band around the back of your head. My husband has been wearing masks to work for the last couple weeks and that’s what he does to save his ears!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the helpful tip, Lonie! Good to know!

    • mbuegel@att.net

      Thanks.. I am not a health care worker so.. I will use this method.. Thanks

  5. IB

    Thanks, wife is a nurse and is wearing a mask 8-12 hours a day. I wore one for just 30 mins and my ears were killing me.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, IB!

  6. Lynne

    I seen online people using a monkey from the barrel of monkeys, so cute!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the suggestion, Lynne!

  7. Shoppingfan

    Thanks! This is great!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome!

  8. nicolecoleman

    I make these with my cricut and give them out. Something that cost me literally 10$ for 50 has made a huge difference to people for pennies!!:)

    • Danielle Abelow

      Can you share your file or at least what material you’re using? I was trying to find info yesterday for making them on the Cricut and didn’t find much — and I was afraid that using such thin acrylic that the Cricut could handle (.020) would lead to cracking or wouldn’t be sturdy enough to hold the elastic. Any help would be much appreciated!

      • nicolecoleman

        Google minorDIY they have the free downloads. I used Walmart plastic binders, used my cricut air 2. Pressure more, brick setting 😉 fine point blade that cost 8$ at Walmart . Hope this helps! I also heard you can use dollar tree placemats

        • Danielle Abelow

          Thanks, this is great!

        • Imsofrugal

          Thank you!!

      • Paula

        I bought the dollar tree cutting boards (2pk) and was able to make 50 for $1. The lady that gave me the svg said we were able to share as long as we were not making any profit off of these.

        • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          That is a genius idea, Paula! What a great way to give back!

      • 3bettins

        The 50 cent plastic notebooks from Walmart do work and are easy to cut. Dollar Tree flexible cutting boards are impossible to cut, not worth the trouble, but the Dollar Tree non foam place mats are perfect for cutting and a little more durable than the notebooks. I got 10 notebooks for $5 and made about 250 ear savers. She just came out with an updated version but my daughter the nurse said either of them worked just as well.

  9. Rae

    I must not have sensitive ears. The thing I hate about the mask are I feel like I can’t breath as well.

  10. Angela

    My best friend is an ER doctor in a hot spot. As a friend, you feel so helpless. Because you know things are very very VERY bad, and there’s almost nothing you can do to make them feel better. I was able to send her this, in hopes that they can score a few. It’s wonderful that these people are doing this for first line workers.

  11. AAJC

    Thank you! My ears are on fire!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re most welcome! Glad this will help!

  12. Sue

    My daughter-in-law is knitting them for $2 each. Nice and easy on the hair too. She’s trying to donate where she can but isn’t working so the money helps her replenish supplies. Stay safe and healthy everyone.

  13. January Ramirez

    I just placed an order for the staff here at our Institution. The masks that was made for us were either too loose that it falls off our noses or so tight that it literally pulls our ears off. Hopefully we’re the lucky few that gets this amazing product.

  14. George L.

    I don’t have a 3d printer, how can I get these for my cashier’s?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! Be sure to sign up through the link above! Hope this helps!

  15. Gina G.

    No one ever contacted me…

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hoping you hear something soon!

  16. Julie Nifong

    Thank you so much! Can’t wait to get them our ears just so bad.

  17. Melanie G.

    I work for a company with a large number of essential employees making medicine that treats life-threatening conditions and we are wearing masks every day for up to 13 hours. While we appreciate the masks doing their part, the discomfort is definitely a problem and I would love to coordinate getting some more information about Ear Savers to see if they can help us out!

  18. April Patterson, NP

    I just received the quantity that you sent me and gave them out. Most nurses states it is too small, too tight. Not long enough to keep off of ears. the are about two inches short for. Wish they were longer. The concept is great. Thank you though it will help for some.

  19. Pamela A Barrow

    I am a 911 dispatcher and we are required to wear masks. My ears are so sore and head bands aggravate my migraines. You ear savers would be amazing for me and my coworkers.

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