How to Block Out Crying Baby Sounds and Keep Your Cool?

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Roll-down foam earplugs with a high noise reduction rating and earmuffs are the most effective tools to block out baby crying and screaming sounds. But if you are a parent trying to soothe your child, push-in foam earplugs may work better for you. Push-in foam earplugs are very easy to insert, can be removed fast, …

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Moldex Pura-Fit vs SparkPlugs [Noise Reduction and Comfort Test]

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The Moldex Pura-Fit (green) have been one of my favorite earplugs for several years now. They are easy to insert and exert just the right amount of pressure in my ears to stay put. Most importantly, I get a good seal with them and they effectively reduce noise. In this review, I am comparing the …

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Flents Quiet Time vs Quiet Contour vs Quiet Please [tested]

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Flents (Apothecary Products) distributes several very different earplugs in their Quiet-series. The short cylindrical Quiet Please are made of beige PVC. They may look retro, but in my experience, they shine as low frequency noise blockers and exert very little pressure in the ear canal. The longer Quiet Time (purple) and Quiet Contour (green) are …

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How to Make Your Earplugs Block More Low Frequency Noise

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Many people feel that their earplugs don’t help against low frequency noise that is bothering them. This could be traffic noise, hums from appliances and HVAC systems, stomping upstairs neighbors, and bass noise from music, to name a few. I too used to believe that earplugs don’t do well against this type of noise. However, …

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Ohropax Classic Wax Earplugs Review (plus Tips & Tricks)

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Invented in Germany in 1907, Ohropax Classic wax are one of the first modern earplugs. They are made of a mix of cotton, Vaseline, and paraffin wax. Not surprisingly, these wax earplugs are a bit sticky, stickier, in fact, than pure wax and silicone putty earplugs. I have found this stickiness to be an advantage: …

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Earplugs or White Noise or Both?

Earplugs or White Noise

Earplugs keep noise from reaching your ear drums by absorbing and reflecting sound energy. They can very effectively reduce annoying noises at all frequencies we can hear, provided they fit well. In contrast to this, a white noise machine does its magic by adding noise to your environment: It creates a waterfall-like sound to mask …

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ISOtunes XTRA 2.0 vs Plugfones Liberate 2.0

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I have recently tested both the XTRA 2.0 and Liberate 2.0 Bluetooth earplug headphones and posted detailed reviews. In this post, I am contrasting their main strengths and weaknesses to help you decide between the two. For more information and tips & tricks for the XTRA 2.0 and Liberate 2.0, here are links to the …

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Plugfones Liberate 2.0 Review: Earplugs with Bluetooth

Plugfones Liberate 2.0 Review

A couple of months ago, I tested the wired Plugfones Guardian: I liked their nice balanced sound. I also found out that the silicone tips fit my ear while the foam tips were too small. Many users like silicone tips for their ease of use and durability, so I decided to also test the Bluetooth …

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ISOtunes XTRA 2.0 Earplug Headphones Review (plus Tweaks)

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Recently I tested a pair of basic wired ISOtunes and was impressed by their noise isolation and selection of ear tips. The ISOtunes XTRA 2.0 (NRR 27) are the wireless upgrade: they have Bluetooth 5, a rugged design and a high dust-and-water resistance rating (IP67), and they can be connected to two devices at the …

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Noise Cancelling Headphones vs Earplugs: Who is Boss?

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Against low-frequency noise, active noise cancelling headphones (ANC headphones) reign, but against everything else, foam earplugs are more effective. That’s what I used to think, having used both for years now. But ANC headphones and ANC earbuds have become better and better, so I wondered, “Is this still true?” Besides, maximum noise reduction and isolation …

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