Published on April 8th, 2019
Do you experience sleeping difficulties due to the sensitivity of sound or a spouse that snores too loud? Or, do you work in a noisy environment and the exposure to loud noise is slowly affecting your hearing?
Do you enjoy swimming, but always end up with swimmers ear? If you answered yes to any of these questions then it’s time you considered getting yourself a good pair of earplugs.
Earplugs block out the noise from your surroundings and can also prevent water from entering into your ear canal.
Here are 4 important things to consider when buying earplugs for the first time.
1. Which Type Do You Need?
There are several types of earplugs available in the market today. The type of earplugs you choose will depend on your needs as well as your preference. The first question you need to ask yourself is; do you need protection from sound or from water? Secondly, are you buying earplugs for sleeping, for noise reduction or for shooting? Most of the earplugs you will find in the market do not have a dual purpose thus you will need to buy the right type to suit your specific needs.
2. Secure and Comfortable Fit
Comfort is key when buying earplugs. Remember, if your earplugs are too uncomfortable you might not wear them consistently and they may not serve the purpose you bought them for. Ensure that the earplugs you buy fit snugly and they don’t cause irritation even after prolonged use. Earplugs that fall out of your ears are not good either. Ensure that you buy one that is the right size and configuration to get a secure fit.
3. Ease of Use
Consider buying earplugs that are easy to insert and remove. Foam earplugs are cheaper making them a popular option. They are also soft and this is why many people buy them for sleeping. When buying foam earplugs make sure that they don’t expand too quickly such that they don’t give you time to squeeze them into the ears after rolling them up and also, they should not take too long to the point that you have to hold them for several minutes before they expand.
4. Disposable or Reusable Earplugs?
Earplugs vary vastly. You can choose to buy pre-molded reusable earplugs, foam disposable earplugs or silicone earplugs that are custom made for your ear canal. Disposable single-use earplugs are manufactured using slow recovery foam.
This foam is squeezed and rolled into shape before it’s inserted into the ear canal to protect you from noise. If you are looking for something simple and inexpensive to use, then these disposable earplugs are a perfect choice.
Reusable pre-molded earplugs can be cleaned and reused making them a durable option as compared to the foam earplugs.
They are also easier to insert into the ear, and if kept clean, they will last longer and will not cause infections.
The custom made earplugs are made specifically for your ears and for specific tasks such as metal detecting, music or shooting. These earplugs are relatively expensive; however, since they fit your ear perfectly they are guaranteed to give you maximum comfort.