By combining an acoustic channel and filter for natural sound in eight hot colors, Loop earplugs let wearers avoid hearing loss without looking like a dork.
According to the World Health Organization, one out of three young adults risk hearing damage due to loud music at concerts, events and clubs. Despite frequent awareness campaigns, only 15% wear earplugs.Loop'snders Maarten Bodewes and Dimitri O came home with ringing ears after a night of clubbing. In search of an answer, they tested more than 25 earplugs. None fit their criteria.
Round means great sound
Earplugs only stop hearing loss if people use them. A good earplug must be comfortable, so design was critical. Loop's efforts resulted in a high-fidelity earplug for music that is discreet, yet nothing like what is available at the drugstore.
Developed with acoustic experts
An acoustic filter inside Loop reduces the volume by 20 decibels. Because each ear is unique, the earplugs come with both memory foam that adjusts to your ear and soft silicone ear tips in two sizes. The earplugs stay put while dancing at your favorite club or concert and are easy to insert and remove.
The startup worked with Dynamic Ear Company (NL), leader in hearing protection, to develop the acoustic channel and filter. To produce the compact hollow Loops, they turned to 3D printing and started a collaboration with 3Dsystems (US). For great comfort and fit, Loop partnered with Comply (US).
Each set includes four silicone ear tips, two foam ear tips and a leather carrying pouch. More fun, less tinnitus.