The Ultimate Guide to Wearing (and Choosing) Ear Plugs


Do you have difficulty sleeping at night? Do your ears hurt when you fly? Are you prone to swimmer’s ear? Do you attend noisy events or enjoy hunting? Are you a musician or do you attend a lot of concerts?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this article is for you!

We are talking about ear plugs.

Achieving the Proper Fit

First of all, earplugs must fit properly and be worn correctly in order to do the job. If you are trying to get by with a poor quality or poor fitting ear plug, then you are doing yourself a disservice and could actually be causing more harm to your ears.

The effectiveness of a hearing protection earplug or earmuff is specified by a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR). The typical range for hearing protection is from 15 to 35 decibels of sound attenuation. The higher the NRR is, the more noise attenuation it provides, as long as it is also a good fit in the ear.

Choosing the Right Type

There are many different types of earplugs available. The type of earplug chosen will depend on each individual’s needs, as well as style preferences.

Earplugs for Sleeping

When should you wear them?

Sleep is very important to your overall health, and approximately 30% of the world’s population isn’t getting enough of it. When you have trouble sleeping due to ambient noise, earplugs specifically designed for sleep are a great solution.

Sleep earplugs are generally made for comfort, with a softer and more flexible material so they can be worn all night long without irritation.