Tag: Earplugs

How to Put in Foam Earplugs and Test Their Fit for Optimal Noise Reduction

Learning how to put in earplugs isn’t rocket science, or is it? Sadly, in multiple studies, fitted earplugs did not even provide half the noise reduction that was printed on the package. The striking difference between the noise reduction ...

Alternatives to Earplugs for Sleeping That Work

Foam earplugs are very effective at reducing noise across the whole frequency range. Unfortunately, not everyone can tolerate foreign objects in their ear canal. Other people like me, sometimes need or want to give their ears a break from ...

Foam vs Wax vs Silicone Earplugs: How Do They Compare and When to Choose One Over the Other

Wax earplugs, invented in 1907, and virtually unchanged to this day, and moldable silicone earplugs have a huge following, and for good reasons. Still, foam earplugs are the most popular earplugs today. They come in all shapes, colors, and ...

Are Earplugs Good for You? Side Effects of Using Earplugs and How to Overcome Them

I have worn earplugs for a few years’ worth of nights and while there was nothing major, I have had to deal with a few side effects. The most prominent one was ear pain—mainly when I had gotten earplugs that weren’t a good fit for my ears or ...

Aftershokz Sportz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones: Review and Favorite Uses

I recently got myself a pair of bone conduction headphones, the Aftershokz Sportz Titanium and put them through some good testing. In this post,  I am reviewing the Sportz Titanium for various applications, including listening to audio while ...

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. ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...