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      To celebrate English Tourism Week, we’ve selected our top travel products for deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss. Whether you’re exploring a tourist attraction, attending an event or heading on holiday, we’ve everything you need to get the most from your visit.

      By: Sally Bromham | 18 March 2019

      English Tourism Week, from 30 March – 7 April 2019, is a celebration of the places and experiences that help make exploring England so great. There are hundreds of exhibitions, events and activities planned across the country. Click here to find out what’s happening near you.

      Hearing loss shouldn't be a barrier when you’re out and about. We’ve put together some advice on technology to help, from FM systems to hearing aid apps. If you want to find out in advance whether a venue has a hearing loop installed or staff are trained in sign language, AccessAble has surveyed 10,000s of places across the UK and Ireland. Plus, check out our tips for enjoying a fully accessible experience at pubs and restaurants, cinemas and museums and galleries.

      We want to help you, or a family member with hearing loss, enjoy new places and experiences. Whether you’re planning a day out or short break, don’t leave home without getting the lowdown on the latest assistive travel products for people who are deaf.

      Make the most of every minute by setting a vibrating travel alarm clock so you don’t oversleep. When you’re visiting an attraction, a conversation amplifier will help you hear the tour guide more easily, whether you wear hearing aids or not. If you do use hearing aids, it’s important to look after them so they work properly. Our hearing aid maintenance kit will keep them clean, dry and germ-free, whatever the weather.

      If you’re off somewhere loud – a festival, concert, motorsports event, air show or firework display – don’t forget to take a pair of noise-cancelling earplugs to protect your hearing. We recommend filter earplugs as the sound quality remains clear – the volume is simply attenuated to a lower, safer level.

      Stay in touch with friends and family while you’re on the move with a deaf-friendly smartphone that lets you send emails and texts; take photos; and enjoy fast 4G internet. All our phones are hearing aid-compatible and have louder ringers and handsets than phones available on the high street. If you like listening to music when you’re on the go, an amplified neckloop will let you switch between your smartphone and music player so you’re always contactable.

      At the end of a busy day, you’ll be looking forward to a good night’s rest. If you find it difficult to wind down due to buzzing or ringing in your ears, a tinnitus relaxer could really help. It plays soothing sounds to distract you from the troublesome symptoms of tinnitus and you’ll soon drift into a deep, restful sleep.

      Here's our roundup of products to help when you’re on the go:

      TravelTim alarm clock

      A264 Travel TimCompact and with a built-in vibration alert, TravelTim is the perfect travel companion. It has a pillow strap with a clasp, so it won’t fall out during the night. The protective panel stops you from accidentally pressing buttons when you’re asleep. Turn it into a bedside alarm clock with the vibrating pad accessory.

      • Loudness up to 73dB
      • Choose alert from vibration, sound, flash – or all three
      • Strap to fix alarm clock to your pillowcase
      • Eight-minute snooze function.

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      Phonak hearing aid maintenance pack

      Hearing aid maintenance packIt’s important that your hearing aids are well-maintained to get the most out of your trip. Plus, taking care of them means they’ll last longer – saving you money and reducing the number of trips to your audiologist. This great-value pack is your essential kit for looking after behind-the-ear aids, whether you’re at home or on the go.

      • 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 avoid itchy ears by killing off bacteria.

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      Phonak Roger Pen and MyLink bundle

      Roger Pen and MyLink bundleWherever you are – listening to a tour guide, chatting in the car, socialising in a busy restaurant – simply point the Roger Pen towards the person you want to listen to and you’ll hear them clearly, even in noisy environments, over distance and when several people are talking. The Roger Pen picks up sounds and transmits the signal direct to your hearing aids via the MyLink neckloop receiver. Watch our 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 up to 25m away, if they’re holding or wearing the Roger Pen
      • Bluetooth compatible and connects wirelessly to your mobile phone.

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      Geemarc iLoop+ neckloop

      iLoop+ neckloopThis amplified neckloop is ideal for listening to music and taking calls on the move. 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 loop or ‘T’ setting
      • Adjustable volume control
      • Provides up to 30dB amplification.

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      Doro 8040 smartphone with EE SIM card - £10 credit included

      Doro 8040 EEStay in touch wherever you are with this deaf-friendly mobile phone package. It includes the easy-to-use Doro 8040 smartphone and an EE SIM card with £10 credit. The SIM card is specifically designed for people with hearing loss, offering more data, unlimited texts and fewer minutes.

      • 4G network speed
      • Unlimited text messages
      • 2 GB data
      • 100 minutes.

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      ProGuard earplugs

      EarPeace earplugs whiteIf you’re off to a live music event, don’t forget to take some noise-filtering earplugs to look after your ears. As well as hearing protection for music lovers, ProGuard have other types of filter earplugs for motorcyclists, swimmers, DIY enthusiasts, and people who can’t sleep due to snoring or other noise.

      • High quality sound – the volume is simply reduced to a lower, safer level
      • Open air passage keeps the ears ventilated and reduces irritation
      • Washable and reusable
      • Two sizes supplied.

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      S850 Travel sound therapy system

      L331 Sound Oasis travel tinnitus relaxerThe S850 is a portable tinnitus relaxer that relieves the symptoms of tinnitus by using sound therapy to create a peaceful atmosphere. There’s a choice of 18 soothing sounds, to help you get a better night’s sleep so you’re refreshed and ready to go the next day.

      • 18 soothing sounds
      • Timer options: 30, 60, 90 minutes and continuous play
      • Alarm clock with snooze (15-minute cycle)
      • Records 15 seconds of sound of your own choice.

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      Roger Select wireless microphone

      Phonak Roger Select whiteThis handy device will help you join in more easily when you’re chatting to friends and family. Placed on a table or clipped to your clothing, it automatically detects who’s talking and amplifies their voice, even over background noise. Use it with your hearing aids to follow group and one-to-one conversations. Watch the video.

      • Six built-in microphones and 360° listening radius
      • Bluetooth for wireless calls through mobile phones
      • Connects to the TV, computer and other devices
      • Choice of colours: champagne, white and grey.

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      Find out more

      For full details about our travel-related products, click on the ‘More Information’ button underneath each description above. Or, contact our Customer Services team for expert advice:

      Telephone 03330 144 525
      Textphone 03330 144 530
      Email solutions@hearingloss.org.uk
      Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.

      We’re the only UK charity with a full range of products for people living with deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus, so we’re the ideal source of impartial advice. And every purchase means that you’re helping fund research to cure hearing loss within a generation.

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