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Are There Any Earplugs or Earmuffs That Block All Sound?

This post is about what amount of noise blocking you can expect from the best earplugs and earmuffs, and what you can do to push the boundaries. Are you trying to sleep while the folks next door are having a party or concentrate while your ...

Sleepphones Effortless Review: Look Mom No Wires

Sleepphones Effortless are Bluetooth sleep headphones with wireless charging. They run almost 11 hours on a single charge and recharging is as easy as placing them on their charging base and having magnets pull them in place. There is no single ...

Howard Leight Sync Stereo Review: Noise Blocking Earmuffs with Integrated Headphones

In this review I am reporting on my test of the Howard Leight Sync Stereo Earmuffs. Unlike other industrial earmuffs, these have built-in headphone speakers and a 3.5 mm audio jack, allowing the wearer to listen to audio while working in a ...

Earplugs vs Earmuffs: Which Type of Protector Is Better?

Earmuffs and earplugs both have a place in my hearing protector arsenal because they offer unique benefits. With good earmuffs you generally get good, reliable noise reduction. You put on the muffs, adjust the headband, and can expect decent ...

Using a Lubricant to Insert Earplugs: The Secret Sauce to Getting the Perfect Seal

No two ears are the same. For example, I find it much easier to insert earplugs into my left ear than my right ear. Somehow my right ear canal is slightly twisted. I consider myself an experienced earplug user; I have used them for ...

CozyPhones Review: Economical Sleep Headphones with Good Sound Quality

Most headphones and earbuds are not suitable for side sleepers. And these days, I sleep mostly on the side. Headphones are too bulky, and if earbuds stick out just a little too much, they get pushed into my ear, making them uncomfortable to ...

What Is the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) and How to Use It?

When buying earplugs, earmuffs, and some noise-isolating earbuds, you will notice a label Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) together with a number. For example, 3M’s Peltor X5A earmuffs have an NRR of 31, while Howard Leight’s Max Lite earplugs have a ...

What Are the Best Earplugs for Snoring?

Your roommate or partner has just fallen asleep, and again "Chrrr, Chrr," starts snoring. You have spent countless nights lying awake, trying all kinds of tricks to quiet down that chainsaw next to you—to no avail. This article is for you. ...