The main part of avoiding hearing loss is prevention. And nothing protects your hearing quite like having just the right earplugs. If you can find a pair of earplugs that fit you comfortably and properly, not only will you be more inclined to wear them when you should, but they’ll do their job much better. Here are some things to consider when picking out a pair of earplugs that are right for you.
Most of the common types of earplugs are made of different materials, including foam, silicone, plastic, wax, rubber, or a combination of these. The most common type of earplugs are foam, which are popular because they are comfortable, inexpensive, and easy to use. But most foam earplugs are disposable and should be changed out after a few uses. The next level of earplugs is moldable wax or silicone varieties, which are more durable. And finally, you can find plastic and rubber earplugs which are reusable and for more industrial settings.
Another important factor when choosing earplugs is the shape. Earplugs in the shape of cylinders and a bell or plunger shape are the most common. Foam earplugs, in particular, will usually come in a cylindrical shape because of how they are worn directly inside the ear canal. The plunger shape goes with plastic or rubber earplugs, and you often see more than one layer on the plunger around a central plastic cylinder. Custom earplugs are molded to fit the exact shape of a person’s ear. While they are more expensive, they won’t likely fall out as some others will. Some shapes are more comfortable than others, depending on what you are looking for.
The main part of making a decision for earplugs is how you plan on using them. If you want earplugs for sleeping, then foam is the safest and most comfortable, but some silicone earplugs are better for preventing swimmer’s ear because they are waterproof. Also, think about what is easiest for you to put in. Foam earplugs are one-size-fits-all, and all you need to do is twist or compress them before putting them in your ears to let them expand again. Moldable earplugs take some trial and error to fit the shape of your ear, and plunger earplugs just need to be inserted, but you should be careful the first time you put them on. If you are considering custom earplugs, that can also be a great choice.
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