Start Using Earplugs For Sleeping Tonight

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Published: 17th January 2012
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For those who have never used earplugs for sleeping, I am able to help you save some time and money by sharing these 5 tips I've figured out because of time and experience. The specific earplugs I'm describing will be the dense but soft polyurethane foam earplugs used in sleeping. For the low-cost price, comfort and ease, and power to block sound, there's no better option. I have tried personally this kind of earplug to block out the sounds of cars and trucks driving by and snoring and nasal noises. They can block out the sound of my neighbor's irritating flock of small barking pet dogs.


1. Earplugs appear in many different sizes

Earplugs function by expanding in your ear canal to develop a audio blocking barrier. The very best earplugs for sleeping need to have a combination of softness and density while still fitting in your ear canal comfortably.

Unfortunately, there aren't any standard ear plug sizes. Some brands or varieties of earplugs may be too large for your personal ear canal and not comfortable. Other brands could be not big enough and drop out of your ear canal. Before heading to Amazon and purchasing a one hundred count package, experiment at your local Walmart with getting small, and less costly packages to ensure that you like them. It is possible to commonly find 8 count packages (4 pairs) for approximately $3.50, so it is not a massive financial risk.

A brand I found way too large and they hurt my ears were Allen Company Bulk Molded Foam Ear Plugs. This can be because Allen's earplugs tend to be more for hunting and hearing protection, but they were low priced and I thought I'd try them for sleeping. This was a mistake.

The brand and type I've found to be my personal favorite for size and comfort is Hearos Ultimate Softness Series Ear Plugs. Nevertheless, your ear canals will vary, but this could be a very good place to start experimenting.


2. Color does not matter, but it can conceal ear wax
You'll see that foam earplugs are available numerous different colors, from blue, tan, green, fluorescent red, yellow and so on. It would be great if the colors indicated perhaps the size, density, or sound blocking ability. The colors don't imply anything. Pink is commonly for earplugs promoted at women and fluorescent orange tends to be for hunting earplugs, but even those tendencies don't always hold.


3. NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) is critical

Earplugs are likely to be rated regarding how much audio they can block out. This value known as the NRR or Noise Reduction Rating. A larger value implies more audio is blocked out. The value also corresponds to decibels of sound, signifying a NRR rating of 31 obstructs no more than 31 decibels of sound. When you are in a noisy sleeping environment, you want earplugs with the highest possible NRR. Here is a decibel chart for comparison:

My recommended earplugs have a rating of 32 NRR. Hearos provides a just a bit higher NRR rating earplug called Hearos Xtreme Protection that have a rating of 33 NRR. I've have not found an earplug of this kind which has a larger score.


4. Make sure the earplug is placed correctly

Your earplugs aren't likely to block audio unless they're actually placed totally within your ear canal. If ever the ear plug isn't snug within the ear canal, the earplug can work its way lose while you are sleeping, and that is certainly counter productive. Getting the ear plug positioned correctly can be a little difficult if you haven't tried it before, so be certain to read the guidelines carefully.


5. Don't use cord attached earplugs for sleeping

Some earplugs are attached to each other with a cord, that will help you keep track of them. Don't use this type of earplug for sleeping. Blankets, linens, and pillow cases can get wrapped up with the cord and hinder the earplugs.

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