Which Earplugs Work for Working Out? (6 Models Tested)

earplugs tested for working out and the gym

“My gym” has a nice sound system with multiple subwoofers and supporting speakers all over the place. In the mornings we typically get a noise level of between 60 and 80 decibels, with louder impact sounds when someone drops a barbell. Group fitness classes run a lot louder than that: At many gyms you are …

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Vibes Earplugs Review: Comfy and Effective for the Right Ears

Vibes Earplugs Review: Comfy and Effective If They Fit Your Ear

I have now used Vibes on and off for a couple of weeks, mostly while sitting in coffee shops (noisy as well as quiet ones) and walking along busier city roads. I have also listened to music with them and tried them while watching videos and movies at both a moderate and a very loud …

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Worktunes Connect+AM/FM Battery Options Tested: Battery Life, Recharging, and Installation

Worktunes Connect+AM/FM-battery options tested

The Worktunes Connect+AM/FM (aka Worktunes Wireless) do not come with a built-in battery, so you get to choose (and replace) your battery depending on how much you use the headset. Many other headsets have a built-in rechargeable battery. This is convenient, but when the battery doesn’t hold a charge anymore or malfunctions in other ways, …

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Which Earplugs Are Best for Studying and Taking Exams?

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Depending on the noise level you are trying to cope with, roll-down foam, push-in foam, reusable, and wax earplugs can all make good study earplugs. In this post I am introducing one of each, all of which I have used quite a bit. However, if you plan to use your earplugs during your exam or …

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Wearing Noise Cancelling Headphones Over Earplugs: How Effective Is This?

How effective is wearing noise cancelling headphones over earplugs?

In this post, I am reporting on my noise reduction test results for two top active noise cancelling headphones (ANC headphones) when worn over foam earplugs. If you are bothered by environmental noise but your headphones (or earplugs) alone don’t block enough noise, this post is for you. I often wear noise cancelling headphones together …

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Active Noise Cancelling vs Noise Isolating Headphones [Tested]

active noise cancelling vs noise isolating headphones

In this post I am reporting on my performance tests comparing noise cancelling headphones, over-ear noise isolating headphones, and in-ear noise isolating earphones. Apart from noise reduction charts, I have also included tips based on my experience to help you decide which headphone type is right for your use case. Let’s get right to it. …

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Etymotic ER2XR Review: Great Noise Isolation and Good Bass

Etymotic ER2XR Noise Isolating Earphones Review

The Etymotic Research ER2XR earphones are excellent at reducing noise, and they can drive a good beat. I am getting 30+ decibels noise reduction with these virtually across the whole tested frequency range. A while ago, I tested the Etymotic MK5 Isolator, neutral sounding budget earphones with great noise isolation. I like the MK5 but …

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Slamming Your Fridge Door: A Simple and Effective Earplug Test

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Getting a consistent, deep fit with your earplugs is crucial if you want to effectively reduce lower pitched impact sounds such as door slams, stomping noise, etc. But how do you know you are getting a good, deep seal? Judging your earplug fit by listening to everyday noises can be deceiving. Your earplugs might muffle …

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What Are the Best Earplugs for Low Frequency Noise?

best earplugs for low frequency noise

In this post, I am sharing my favorite earplugs for blocking low frequency noise. I have systematically tested the earplugs mentioned here. In addition, I have used them in a variety of bass-noise heavy environments. To work well against low frequency noise, earplugs have to plug the ear deep inside the canal. It is the …

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

moldex-pura-fit-vs-sparkplugs-review

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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