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      Our top products for socialising outdoors

      It’s summertime and the living is easy with our great range of products for deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss. Whether you’re planning a picnic in the park, going to an open-air concert, family barbeque, or simply relaxing in the garden, we’ve everything you need to get the most from socialising outdoors.

      By: Sally Bromham | 20 August 2019

      Socialising outdoors can be a challenge if you, or a loved one, have hearing loss. It’s often difficult to follow conversations and there’s a constant battle with background noise. We want you to enjoy every minute of the long summer days with your friends and family. Our range of assistive products and technology is designed to help you live life to the full.

      Hearing loss shouldn't be a barrier when you’re socialising. We’ve expert advice on technology to help when you're out and about, from induction loops and FM systems, to Bluetooth streamers and hearing aid apps. Plus, check out our tips for enjoying a fully accessible experience at pubs and restaurants, open-air cinema screenings and outdoor museums and galleries.

      Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing this summer, our top product picks will help you get the most from every activity. A conversation amplifier will improve speech clarity, while reducing background noise, whether you wear hearing aids or not. If you do use hearing aids, it’s important that you look after them in hot and humid weather. Our hearing aid maintenance kit will keep them clean and germ-free. If you have standard hearing or mild hearing loss, we’ve a ground-breaking new product – IQbuds – that lets you selectively tune in and tune out of the world around you. And, when it’s sunny outdoors, don’t be stuck inside waiting for a phone call. Our recommended mobile phone is easy to use and lets you take calls on the go.

      Don’t forget other members of the family when planning summer events. If you’re attending a live music concert with children, the sound is likely to be loud and prolonged. Protecting their hearing is essential because once damaged, it can’t be fixed. Our ear defenders for youngsters will let the music in but keep the harmful sound waves out.

      Here's our round-up of products to help you enjoy socialising outdoors all summer long: 

      Phonak Roger Pen conversation listener

      L428 Roger MyLink 

      The Roger Pen is an outstanding conversation listener for using at work, at home and when you’re socialising. Enjoy superb sound quality, even in noisy environments, over distance and when several people are speaking. Click here to watch the video.

      • Omni-directional - picks up amplified sound from all around

      • Directional – point it in the direction of the sound you want to hear

      • Super-directional – hear the speaker’s voice, even at a distance, if they’re holding or wearing the Roger Pen

      • Bluetooth compatible and connects wirelessly to your mobile phone.

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      Phonak hearing aid maintenance pack

       Hearing aid maintenance pack 

      Taking care of your hearing aids means they’ll last longer – saving you money and reducing the number of trips to your audiologist. Plus, with fewer blockages, the sound will stay loud and clear. This great-value pack is your essential kit for looking after behind-the-ear aids.

       

      • Air blower to remove moisture from ear mould and tubing
      • Dehumidifier and drying capsules to prevent damaging moisture build-up
      • Precision brush, wire loop tool and vent cleaner to keep hearing aids clean and safe
      • Cleansing spray and wipes to kill off bacteria and prevent itchy ears.

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      Nuheara IQbuds wireless earbuds

      ear buds

      IQbuds are the world’s most intelligent wireless earbuds with advanced speech amplification and dynamic noise control. As well streaming your favourite music, connecting wirelessly to your digital devices and talking hands-free, they enhance your hearing in loud places while drowning out background noise. Recommended for people with standard hearing or mild hearing loss.

       

      • Hear conversations, even in noisy places
      • Reduce background noise so you hear every word
      • Stay aware of your surroundings at all times
      • Move between your digital and physical worlds with a simple tap.

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      3M Peltor Little Prince and Little Princess ear defenders

      Little Princess Ear Defenders 

      Protect your children's hearing with these noise-cancelling headphones. Made by 3M Peltor, the market leader in hearing protection, these comfortable headphones are specifically designed to protect younger wearers against dangerous noise levels. They reduce the volume by up to 27dB. Click here to read the blog post.

      • Available in red or blue
      • Adjustable headband to fit children of all ages
      • Comfortable ear cups fit over the ears, with foam padding for extra protection
      • Every purchase includes a £1 donation to help fund our vital work.

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      Doro 8040 smartphone

      Doro 8040 


      The Doro 8040 is one of the simplest smartphones on the market, making it the perfect choice if you, or a loved one, are buying your first smartphone or upgrading from an older one. Ideal for people with up to moderate hearing loss.

      • Maximum ringer volume 83dB
      • Increase handset volume up to 35dB
      • Hearing aid compatible
      • SOS/Assistance button.

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      Williams Sound Pocketalker 2.0 personal amplifier

      Pocketalker 2.0 conversation amplifier 

      This handy gadget amplifies sounds and voices, while reducing background noise. Simply plug in the headphones or earphones and point the Pocketalker at what you want to hear. It’s suitable for up to severe hearing loss and can be used with or without a hearing aid.

      • Volume balance settings if you have different hearing levels for each ear
      • Tone control
      • Easy to hold or use hands-free with the belt clip and lanyard included
      • Listen in to hearing loops, even if you don’t wear a hearing aid.


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