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      10 must have products for live music events this summer

      Festival season is almost here and it’s time to start planning your survival kit. Whether you’ve going to a concert, gig or festival this summer, our must-have products will ensure you enjoy the ultimate music experience whatever your level of hearing loss, or if you simply want to protect your ears.

      By: Sally Bromham | 14 June 2018

       If you’re off to a live event over the next few months, the sound is likely to be loud, intense and relentless. Listening to music over 85dB (about as loud as someone shouting) can cause damage if you're exposed to it for long enough. Have you ever experienced ringing in your ears after going to a festival, concert or gig? That’s already a sign of hearing damage. However, there are many products available that will let you enjoy a summer of sound, while staying safe from noise exposure.

      Protect your hearing

      Protecting your hearing is essential because once damaged, it can’t be fixed. If you love listening to music and care about your ears, some form of hearing protection should be on your festival packing list. From noise-cancelling earplugs for adults, to ear defenders for children, we’ve everything you need to let the music in but keep the harmful soundwaves out.

      Enhance your live music experience

      Are you heading to Reading, Leeds, the V Festival, T in the Park, or any other live event this summer? We’ve a host of products to enhance your music experience, whether you have hearing loss or not. For pure sound with no distortion or interference, there’s a brand new product – exclusive to Action on Hearing Loss in the UK – that lets you access hearing loops in thousands of venues via your smartphone, without a hearing aid. Simply open the LoopBuds app and receive crystal-clear sound directly into your ears.

      Enjoy superior sound every day

      For listening to your favourite music day-to-day, we’ve all the latest gadgets for superior sound quality. Choose from wireless Bluetooth earphones with adjustable volume, tone and balance control; an amplified neckloop specially designed to use with mobile phones, MP3 players and other portable music devices; or a conversation amplifier with digital technology for clear sound quality and reduced background noise.

      Essential items for your packing list

      Here’s our round-up of 10 festival-related products that will keep you safe and protected, without compromising on your music enjoyment.

      Alpine PartyPlug™ earplugs

      Party plugs

      Look after your ears at parties, concerts and festivals this summer with Alpine PartyPlug™ noise-cancelling earplugs. The high-quality filter system reduces the volume to a safe level, while you still enjoy great sound quality.


      • Prevents permanent hearing damage from loud noise exposure
      • Sound quality of the music remains very good
      • Hypoallergenic and silicone-free
      • Washable and reusable.

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      Ear Peace Ear Plugs

      EarPeace EarPlugs 

      EarPeace noise-cancelling earplugs protect your ears without distorting the sound. You’ll still enjoy all the live action, just at a lower volume. Plus, they’re reusable, comfortable and virtually invisible.


      • Prevents permanent hearing damage from loud noise exposure
      • Music quality remains optimal
      • Made from reusable, hypoallergenic silicone
      • Includes aluminium carry case and additional acoustic filters.

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      3M Peltor Little Prince and Little Princess ear defenders

      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 27 decibels.
      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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      Geemarc CL7400BT Bluetooth wireless headphones

      CL7400BT headphones

      These wireless Bluetooth headphones are perfect for listening to music or taking phone calls on the move. They have very loud amplification, with adjustable tone and balance controls. Suitable for people with up to severe hearing loss. Click here to watch the video.

      • Adjustable volume (up to 125dB) with tone and balance control
      • Closed ear cups block out background noise and help prevent sound ‘leaking’ out
      • Bluetooth V4.0, for wireless music listening or phone calls
      • Compatible with non-Bluetooth devices using the 3.5mm jack lead supplied.

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      Geemarc iLoop+ neckloop


      This amplified neckloop is specially designed to use with mobile phones, MP3 players and other portable music devices. It’s so intuitive that if you’re listening to music on your mobile when you receive a call, it automatically pauses the music and then re-starts when you finish speaking. Suitable for people with up to severe hearing loss.


      • Hearing aid and cochlear implant compatible
      • Only suitable for hearing aids that have a 'T' or loop setting
      • Adjustable volume control
      • Provides up to 30dB amplification.

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      Nuheara IQbuds wireless earbuds


      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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      OTOjOY LoopBuds earphones


      Enjoy the ultimate listening experience at concerts, gigs and live events, with LoopBuds earphones. When you’re in a hearing loop equipped venue, simply open the LoopBuds app* and you’ll receive crystal-clear sound directly into your ears. Please note: They cannot be used with hearing aids.

      *Only compatible with iPhones. An android version of the app is in development.

      • Listen to hearing loops in thousands of venues via your smartphone, without a hearing aid
      • Turn hearing loop speech into text via a speech-to-text app
      • Adjustable volume, balance and tone settings
      • Listen to music and make phone calls on the move.

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      Bellman Sonido conversation amplifier

      Silver Sonido

      The Sonido helps you hear speech more clearly while reducing background noise, whether you use a hearing aid or not. It comes with an extra microphone on a 5m lead that can be placed next to the TV, radio or MP3 player for clearer sound. Suitable for people with moderate to severe hearing loss.

      • Digital technology for clear sound quality and reduced background noise
      • Volume and tone control
      • Use with the neckloop or headphones accessories (see below)
      • Operating range up to 4m.

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      Bellman neckloop

      Bellman Neckloop

      If you wear a hearing aid then you’ll need a neckloop (or ear hooks) to listen to your phone, MP3 player, conversation amplifier or other device with a standard 3.5mm jack connection. The Bellman neckloop transfers the sound to your hearing aid when it’s on the ‘T’ setting.


      • Suitable for hearing aid wearers
      • Listening option for the Sonido
      • Can be used with phones, MP3 players or other devices
      • Lightweight and comfortable.

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      Bellman headphones

      Bellman Headphones

      If you don't use a hearing aid, these headphones are the perfect way to listen to music, take phone calls, tune in to a conversation listener, or use any other device with a standard 3.5mm jack connection.


      • Suitable if you don’t use a hearing aid
      • Listening option for the Sonido
      • Can be used with phones, MP3 players or other devices
      • Lightweight and comfortable.

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      Find out more

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