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Loud 'N Clear is marketed to a wide cross-section of potential customers, from those with hearing problems, to hunters wanting to get a leg up on their game in the field, to young singles on the bar scene and neighborhood snoops wanting to know what others are saying when they are out of earshot. In one professional review we found, the author compares the promises made for Loud 'N Clear to those made for X-Ray glasses that used to be hawked in comic books. Regardless of the marketing, however, most user reports we found come from seniors -- or from those who purchased one for an elderly relative or friend -- and most say they feel let down.
This article at Columbus Alive, which is owned by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper, takes Loud 'N Clear for a spin at a local restaurant. Phil the Gadget Guy says Loud 'N Clear did a good job amplifying the rustling of magazine pages and the fabric of his jacket, but not much else. He adds that he could hear the restaurant background music clearer, and the sound of screaming children -- though he says he would have heard that just fine without Loud 'N Clear -- but little else.
This blog has short reviews of several "As Seen on TV" products, including Loud 'N Clear. The reviewer says he could hear himself loud and clear -- but little else. He adds that the earpiece is uncomfortable to wear and that he heard a lot of background static.
There are only a handful of reviews here. One buyer gives Loud 'N Clear four stars in what we think is a tongue-in-cheek review: He says his wife likes it because it lets her know when he starts snoring. Everyone else, however, gives it the lowest possible rating. Inability to pick up sounds, amplification of ambient noise, and uncomfortable fit are the most common complaints.
About as many people rate Loud 'N Clear here as at Amazon.com, and the pattern of dissatisfaction is similar. The least critical reviewer says that Loud 'N Clear amplifies the sound of his TV, but still reports discomfort and complains about the cost. All other reviews sum up their opinions by calling Loud N' Clear useless, worthless or worse.
We found a couple of positive reviews for Loud 'N Clear here. One user simply says it's "OK;" the other is more effusive, saying he can even hear the couple next door doing more than just talking. Another review calls Loud 'N Clear "satisfactory," but reports major issues with the company's customer service -- a complaint that a few others here echo as well. Other reviews on this site say that Loud 'N Clear simply does not work.
This site lets visitors post complaints and defenses of products advertised on TV. Loud 'N Clear has a small handful of complaints, but all deal with ordering or customer service problems. No defenses were posted as of our last visit.