My way of getting the students' attention is as simple as saying, "If you can hear me raise your hand." We practice this a lot at the beginning of the school year. Students know when they hear me say that phrase that they must stop whatever they are doing and listen. I also try to never let the class get so loud that this phrase couldn't be heard. I will stop them just to remind them to work more quietly if necessary.
This is certainly not an "amazing" suggestion, but it is what works for me:)
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