I wear mine looped around my ears so that I can have the cord running down my back. It helps lessen the microphonics from the cord that you would get if you had them running down the front of your shirt, for instance.
Originally Posted by manhattanproj so most iems can be worn just regularly or looped round the top of the ears.
for the shures that are designed to be worn looped, how can you tell that they need to be worn in that fashion? are the headphone shaped differently?
Yeah most Shure's are meant to be looped around the ear. If you look at them, the wire exits from the top of the IEM which makes it want to naturally loop around the ear easier. Etys on the otherhand have the wire coming straight out or downward. I suppose you could reverse the L and R monitors of the shures(at least for the E3 and E4) so that the wire is pointing downward and wear them like the etys.