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Thank you!  I enjoyed that.  My impression is that Loop is a reputable company with actual data to support their claims, maybe a little too much marketing hype, and that results are going to vary from person to person as usual.  I'm always looking for something that will attenuate the sound without getting mushy, and so far I haven't found the magic solution.  

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23 hours ago, Michael Eskin said:

I just picked up a pair of the Loop Experience earplugs, will be trying them for the first time in a session tomorrow, will report back. 
 

Cool - I look forward to "hearing" what you think of them. I have the Engage2, which is a bit less blocking than the Experience model.   I practice with them all the time and mostly have them in for sessions too.  I kept them out for the gig I did last weekend and it felt great to know that even if I was exposed to high volumes at the gig, I had been protecting my ears at other times. 

 

Thanks John for the link to the SB episode. It was good to hear the differences in the various loop levels and to see that the audiologist verified the actual sound reduction with what they claim in their marketing.  I don't think their assessment totally pertains to those of us playing music as it didn't address the clarity of the sound with different earplugs except to say that musician earplugs use filters instead of occlusion.  I was sorry that they barely touched on the loop design outside the ear canal. I think the design helps ensure a good fit and stability once they are in. 

 

Cheers, Claire 

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Tried the Experience model tonight for my pub session. Too much attenuation for general purpose session use but an interesting diagnostic tool, you can definitely hear yourself but it's a very narrow band of midrange .

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My Loops arrived this afternoon.  I haven't tried them in a session yet, but I can at least say they're very comfortable.  I've tried them here at home and like what I hear.  Looking forward to trying them in our session next week. 

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Michael interesting about the mid range- I will think about that next time I play in a session.  Parker- let us know how the Loops work for you in the session.  

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I am interested in Loops but not for music. 

 

As I get older I am finding it harder and harder to hear/distinguish spoken voice over background noise especially background music/effects in modern movies.  Is it just me or is there really far more background sound than there used to be?

 

Do those of you that have tried Loops think that they would help?

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7 hours ago, Don Taylor said:

As I get older I am finding it harder and harder to hear/distinguish spoken voice over background noise especially background music/effects in modern movies.  Is it just me or is there really far more background sound than there used to be?

 

That's definitely a problem with the way sound is mixed in many recent movies and TV shows. I have the same issue and I don't think it's my ears because I can still easily understand dialogue in shows made decades ago. Some recent TVs have an audio setting called 'enhance speech' or similar that tries to compensate for bad sound mixing and mumbling actors but I don't know how well it works. I'm told that young people commonly watch shows with subtitles turned on all the time even if they have good hearing.

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HI, I understand the difficulties. I also have hearing problems. In noisy areas ( such as pubs ) I could not bear the babble or make out what anyone was saying. I went for a hearing test and I have modern hearing aids now. What an unbelievable difference they make. The modern hearing aids balance out the loud sounds and enhance the sounds I was unable to hear clearly. 

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A little report on my Loop Experience 2 earplugs from our session last night.  They're probably the most comfortable earplugs I've used, and they work great at home for practice, but I found them to have too much attenuation for the session.  I can't really speak to how clearly I could hear the others as they brought everything down to such a low volume that I had to remove them to continue playing.  I might try changing the tips to smaller ones to let a little more ambient sound "leak in" next time.  I'm going to look again to see if they have a model with less attenuation.  All that said, if I were back in the small room with a dozen or so concertinas in the workshop in MN, they may have been perfect! 

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