Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Reviews: Best Earplugs To Block Noise

I love Flents NRR 33 Foam Earplugs

SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 UPDATE:
  • Flents Quiet Time NRR 33 have a NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) of 33dB.
  • I take a Flents Quiet Time NRR 33 earplug, I twist it real good, and I mean reeeeeaal good --- and then I put that puppy waaaaaaaay into my ear. I can do this with Flents because it's a long-shaped earplug.  
  • Flents Quiet Time NRR 33 foam is a more rigid, tougher, stronger, more dense foam than other earplugs I've tried.

AUGUST 30, 2012 UPDATE:

I love Flents NRR 33 Foam Earplugs

What about beeswax plugs? We do not recommend them because contrary to some claims, beeswax is not nearly as good a noise insulator as even the cheap foam plugs available at the drug store, and none of the major companies specializing in ear plugs accept the claim of NRR 34 as valid.
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AUGUST 8, 2012 UPDATE:

  • Higher NRR = better protection. (See below for information on NRR.)
  • I take a Flents earplug, I twist it real good, and I mean reeeeeaal good --- and then I put that puppy waaaaaay into my ear. I can do this with Flents because it's a long-shaped earplug.  
  • Flents foam is a more rigid, tougher, stronger, more dense foam than other earplugs I've tried.
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UPDATE, JUNE 28, 2012: After more tests, trials, and experience, I only use three (3) earplugs.

HEAROS Xtreme Protection earplugs provide NRR 33 (Noise Reduction Rating 33 decibels).

NRR stands for Noise Reduction Rating. See here and here and here for information on Noise Reduction Rating. With a higher NRR, you get more protection.

Did you just tell me you use NRR 29 earplugs? Why? Why don't you use NRR 33 earplugs, like HEAROS!

Higher NRR plugs can reduce noise better. Look at HEAROS Xtreme Protection NRR 33.

HEAROS Xtreme Protection NRR 33dB
  • HEAROS Earplugs, in the year 2010, sold over 38,000,000 earplugs. That's 38 million earplugs! HEAROS Ultimate Softness Series foam earplugs are available in a beige color.



HEAROS provides helpful instructions on how to wear them.


Higher NRR = better protection.

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I use earplugs to block out harmful noise.

I've tried several different brands of earplugs. And I prefer HEAROS Earplugs Xtreme Series. They are NRR 33: they have a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 33 decibels.

Remember: higher NRR = better protection.
  

Here are the brands I've tried:
  • Siemens custom-molded silicone earplugs (for info, contact HearUSA)
  • Mack's Silicone 'Pillow Soft' Ear Plugs
  • HEAROS 'Sleep Pretty in Pink' ear plugs.

My favorite? I prefer HEAROS Earplugs Xtreme Series ! They are NRR 33, which means they have a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 33 decibels ! This means that each earplug blocks 33 decibels of sound from the ear. The higher the NRR, the better protection !

HEAROS Xtreme Protection NRR 33

Mack's
  • Mack's Ear Plugs (official website) are advertised as 'America's #1 Selling and #1 Doctor Recommended Earplug Brand'. I'm not able to verify any figures on those claims, or how many doctors (audiologists?) they surveyed, but that's what McKeon Products, Inc., claims. I've tried two kinds of their products: (a) their soft foam earplugs advertised as Ultra SafeSound NRR 32 foam earplugs, and (b) their waxy silicone earplugs they call their 'Pillow Soft' model.

Mack's 'Ultra SafeSound' foam ear plugs

  • For me, the Mack's Ultra SafeSound foam ones definitely work well. They worked better than Mack's own silicone 'Pillow Soft' model.
  • Some people prefer silicone ear plugs. Mack's makes a silicone model. They're white and shaped like a hockey-puck. You can shape them to your desired fit. But I prefer foam earplugs. These are only NRR 22: they only block out 22 decibels of sound.
    Mack's silicone ear plugs

HEAROS

  • HEAROS Xtreme Protection earplugs provide the best noise reduction rating (NRR) of any ear care product used by itself. HEAROS Xtreme Protection provide NRR 33 earplugs. See here and here and here for information on Noise Reduction Rating.
  • HEAROS Earplugs in 2010 sold over 38,000,000 earplugs. That's over 38 million earplugs in one year! HEAROS Ultimate Softness Series foam earplugs are available in a beige color.

They also offer 'Sleep Pretty In Pink' plugs, advertised as NRR 32. (See the link for a video testimonial.) You can find HEAROS 'Sleep Pretty In Pink' earplugs at WalMart, Target, Walgreens, and other stores.

HEAROS have been my heroes, so-to-speak, for blocking noise. But the choice is up to you. You might try a couple of brands and see which works best for you.

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"But I'm Allergic To Foam Earplugs! I'm Allergic To Foam! What Can I Do?"
  • Are you sure that you're allergic to foam earplugs? Then maybe you can try custom moldable ear plugs, such as Radians silicone earplugs*.
  • Or, you could use soft silicone earplugs from Mack's and HEAROS. (See above. Mack's makes them and HEAROS makes them.)
  • Mack's offers a silicone model. They're shaped like a hockey-puck. You can shape them to your desired fit. But I prefer foam earplugs. These are only NRR 22: they block 22 decibels of noise. I like to have at least NRR 32.

WARNING: DO NOT insert paper wads into the ear. DO NOT crumple up paper, tissues, plastic, or aluminum foil, for insertion into the ear. This is NOT safe and you NEVER want any pieces of paper or tissue fragments or aluminum foil in the ear canal.


Quiet Regards....
The Daily Decibel


For Further Reading: Noise Reduction Rating (NRR)

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