Masks with ear loops are certainly more convenient to use. The alternatives are those which tie behind the head type like the ones I made in this feature on DIY masks and Blue Cotton Towels I wrote a while ago. There are some updates in that post you may have missed.

But ear loop elastic can hurt the ears if worn for a long time.  The solutiona are mask extenders or ear guards for the back of the head to take the strain.

Rozen, a French polymer clay artist has designed one and shared her tutorial.  You can also buy finished ones from her store.

These appear to fit surgical type masks.  So be prepared to adjust her design or the length of the elastic loops for masks you make in order to fit a particular individual.  The polymer clay ear guard could also probably be adapted with more "buttons" to make it useable for more people.

H/T to Aims for this find!

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