Whatever you’re doing this summer – heading on holiday, staying at home or tuning in to all the sporting action – we’ve a range of great products to help you, or a loved one with hearing loss, live life to the full. Plus, from 9 – 31 July, enjoy 5% off selected items in our Summer Essentials Sale.
Whether you’re off on a beach holiday, city break or cruise, or are visiting friends and family this summer, leave room in your suitcase for a few well-chosen gadgets.
Our summer essentials are designed to help people who are deaf and those with tinnitus or hearing loss, enjoy every minute of the holiday season. From vibrating travel alarm clocks to ensure you don’t miss your flight, to earplugs for swimming, flying and sleeping, we’ve everything you need for a stress-free break. And don’t forget to pack a hearing aid dryer to remove trapped moisture – it can play havoc with your hearing aids in hot and humid weather.
If you’re planning a staycation, we’ve a range of tried and tested products to help you get the most out of your home and garden. When the sun’s shining, don’t be stuck in the house waiting for an important phone call. Our cordless phones have a long range, so you can relax outside and take the phone with you. If you struggle to hear the TV, or have it too loud for others in the room, a TV listener will keep everyone happy. You’ll be able to watch all your favourite films, programmes and sporting events at a comfortable volume, while friends and family enjoy the action at their preferred level.
Here’s a round-up of our top 10 picks, wherever you are over the next few months:
You’ll always wake on time for your flight, train or excursion with one of our vibrating alarm clocks:
If you’re off on holiday soon and often oversleep, the TravelTim alarm clock is the perfect travel companion. Designed for people with up to profound hearing loss, the TravelTim is also ideal if you, or a loved one, are a heavy sleeper and sometimes miss the alarm.
Another popular travel alarm is the super-compact Sonic Shaker that fits under the pillow. The strong vibrations will wake even the deepest of sleepers and the handy pillow strap means you don’t have to worry about it falling out while you’re asleep.
Wherever you are this summer, these must-have products will ensure you have a stress-free time:
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.
This hearing aid drying box is designed to remove moisture and condensation from hearing aids and cochlear implants. It provides a combination of gentle heat to dry excess moisture and UV light to help reduce bacterial growth.
Avoid ear infections, whether you’re taking the plunge at home or abroad this summer:
SwimSafe earplugs are the perfect way to prevent ear infections when you’re swimming or doing water sports this summer. They keep water and cold wind out while still letting sound in. Plus, they’re hypoallergenic and silicone-free, so you won’t get irritated skin or itchy ears.
These award-winning earplugs will help you relax during the day and at night:
Sleep soundly this summer by blocking out noises that might keep you awake at night. SleepSoft earplugs are great for absorbing background noise, including snoring, traffic and loud music. Relax in the knowledge you’ll still hear your alarm clock, doorbell and children.
If changes in air pressure during take-off and landing cause pain in your ears, FlyFit earplugs can help by slowing down pressure changes. They also absorb background noise on train and bus journeys, so you’ll arrive at your destination well-rested.
Our range of cordless home phones mean that wherever you are in the house or garden, you can stay in touch with friends and loved ones. Here’s one of our bestselling phones:
Never miss another call with the Magna 2005 phone. It has an exceptionally loud ringer and flashing light, so you’ll always know when someone’s calling. Plus, the adjustable tone control and volume-boost button will help you follow conversations more easily.
There’s a big summer of sport coming up and a TV listener will ensure you don’t miss any of the action. Read our blog or see below:
With the Swing digital wireless TV listener, you can listen to the TV, radio or stereo wherever you are in the house or garden. It consists of two parts: the base transmitter
unit that plugs into your TV or stereo and the neckloop or stethoset that receives the sound.
If you, or a loved one, hear buzzing, ringing or hissing in your ears, you may be among the millions of people who have tinnitus. While there’s no cure, there are ways to manage tinnitus and stop it taking over your life. This is one of our most popular products:
This portable and rechargeable sound speaker helps to relieve the symptoms of tinnitus and reduce the stress that can make it worse. The BST-100 has 10 non-looping sounds, or you can stream your own music from any Bluetooth-enabled device.
For full details about any of our summer essentials, click on the ‘More information’ button underneath each description above. Or, contact our expert Customer Services team who can advise on the most suitable product for you or a loved one:
Telephone: 03330 144 525
Textphone: 03330 144 530
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.
Researchers at University College London (UCL) are investigating the effect of noisy listening environments on children’s ability to understand speech and would like to invite your child to take part.
Certain medicines can harm hearing as a side-effect. We funded research to understand how a new drug might protect hearing when someone has to take one of these medicines. Tracey, from our Research team, explains in her blog post.
With the help of our funding, researchers at the UCL Ear Institute have shown that structures called stress granules, which form when a cell is damaged or otherwise stressed, can protect hair cells from the damage caused by ototoxic (ear-toxic) medicines, such as aminoglycoside antibiotics. Dr Ralph Holme, from our Research team, tells us more.
As our Regional Information Coordinator and Outreach Aged Veteran worker, Kim Harbut tells us about her current projects while working alongside our Volunteers, and her experience of sailing the seas for the first time with a team of young deaf persons.