How to Block Out Noise When Trying to Sleep?

how to block out noise when trying to sleep

I have a history with sleeplessness caused by night-time noise. It started a few years after I had moved to Asia to take on a new job. The first four years everything went well, but then I had the idea to upgrade and get myself a nicer apartment. It was right in the city center, …

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ISOtunes PRO Review: Bluetooth Earplug Earphones with a 27 dB NRR

ISOtunesPRO: Earplug headphones review

Many companies advertise their in-ear headphones as noise isolating or noise cancelling. Often though they are not very specific as to how much noise reduction you will actually get. Haven Technologies, the company behind ISOtunes specializes in earplug headphones that have been lab-tested and given a noise reduction rating as a hearing protector. To qualify …

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Are There Any Earplugs or Earmuffs That Block All Sound?

Normal hearing pathway in the ear.

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 coworkers are raving about their weekend? Feeling tortured by the …

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Sleepphones Effortless Review: Look Mom No Wires

Sleephones Effortless Wireless Sleep Headphones Review

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 cable coming out of this headband, so whether you toss and turn or just …

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

Review of the Howard Leight Sync Stereo Earmuffs

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 high-noise environment, e.g., with power tools. Read on to find out how they …

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Earplugs vs Earmuffs: Which Type of Protector Is Better?

Ear plugs vs ear muffs

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 noise blocking. On the other hand, earplugs are more troublesome to fit properly, but can provide …

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

Using a Lubricant to Insert Earplugs

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 years and I know how to roll them up and insert …

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CozyPhones Review: Economical Sleep Headphones with Good Sound Quality

Cozyphones Review: New Contour Series Sleep Headphones

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 sleep with. This is why I got interested in CozyPhones. This review …

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

NRR Label mandated by EPA

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 comparable NRR of 30. What is the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR)? The NRR is a …

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What Are the Best Earplugs for Snoring?

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. We are going find the best earplugs for you to block snoring. How loud …

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