LOOPS earplugs are perfect for decreasing noise and still being aware of your environment.
As autistic adults with a sensory processing disorder, we are constantly looking for new and better technology to manage sound. We finally found an amazon alternative to regular earplugs. This is a personal opinion on the product and an unsponsored review.
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What are loops
Recently, we were on sensory overload. Noise in an apartment with thin walls was becoming unbearable. We searched online and came across earplugs call LOOPS that decrease sound from negative twenty decibels (-20db) to negative twenty-five decibels (-25db). What makes these unique is the circular shape that uses acoustics to decrease all environmental noises. They are not waterproof, but the daytime wearable comes in various colors, and nighttime is soft flexible silicone. They are under $30 dollars which is an affordable amount compared to other earplugs that claim to reduce noise “the most” compared with other brands. Also, they are available on Amazon or the company's website.
These are not specifically marketed to the neurodiverse community, but for anyone that wants to protect their hearing or reduce external noise.
What problem does this product solve?
1) You hear what you need to hear. Some of the biggest issues with wearing noise-canceling devices are not hearing alarms, people, or loud sounds in your immediate space. Since LOOPS uses acoustics to balance sound you can still function normally throughout your day.
2) Just the right amount of muffled sounds. External sounds break concentration, cause headaches, or can trigger a meltdown. These earplugs help us stay on task. It decreases sound by just the right amount. Too much muffling can cause issues with our equilibrium, so it is a wonderful experience to feel safe wearing these devices.
3)Comfortable all day and night. Wearing standard earplugs can cause pain and even sores in your ear. We have worn these for a period of four weeks day and night. We take about four hours of time each day with them out. We have not experienced any discomfort. These are the first devices we can sleep in without it disrupting our night requiring adjustments.
4) Compact for storage. They come with a small carrying case that can easily be stored anywhere.
5) The decibel reduction is tailored for daytime and nighttime use. During the day you may not need intense reduction, so those earplugs are at negative twenty decibels(-20db). The nighttime options are at negative twenty-five decibels (-25db).
There isn’t one problem that we could identify while using the product. This is the first time we have used a noise-reducing device that doesn’t have negative side effects or is extremely problematic to wear long term. The key to managing our sensory sensitivity to noise is preventing the overload before it happens. As soon as a triggering noise is in the distance we put in LOOPS and the world is right again!
We would love to see a version of this earplug that is created for the neurodiverse community. At times, textures can be troubling for persons with a sensory processing disorder. Therefore, various options for texture would be beneficial and increase the accessibility of the device. Going forward, we will continue to use LOOPS and provide updates if there are any changes in their effectiveness.
What adaptive devices do you use for noise sensitivity?
We are not medical professionals and these may not work for everyone. We only speak to our experiences using the product. Always consult a medical professional before trying new adaptive devices.