If you know you need ear protection for your hobby, your job or to get better sleep at night, you need to know the best type of earplugs to invest in. Choosing earplugs can be challenging and often depends on the nature of their usage. Read on to find out more about available ear protection and who might benefit from different products.

Disposable Earplugs

Disposable earplugs are usually made from foam, silicone or mineral wadding; they are soft and need to be rolled between the fingers before being inserted into the ear canal. After a few seconds, disposable earplugs expand and fill the ear canal, blocking and protecting the ears.

When you buy disposable earplugs, make sure they have a noise reduction rating (NNR) of 20 decibels for the best protection. If you’re unsure about the NNR rating, talk to your audiologist. Some earplugs are used for sports, while others are used for protection.

Reusable Earplugs

Reusable earplugs can be used, washed and reused, making them an excellent choice if you want to save money or you care about the circular economy. These earplugs are made from rubber or silicone, they are hard-wearing and effective, but they don’t fit as well as custom ones.

Reusable earplugs are effective hearing protection; they are also good for noise reduction if you want to use earplugs to help with sleep. Again, you need to buy ones with an NNR rating of 20 decibels for the best protection. These are suitable for people who use earplugs regularly.

Custom Earplugs

If you are serious about protecting your hearing long-term or you work in a noisy space and need protection coupled with comfort, custom earplugs are the best option. Custom earplugs can be made from a range of materials and are molded specifically to fit individual ear canals.

The main disadvantage to custom earplugs is the cost, but they are worth it if you need long-term protection. Custom earplugs are a sensible investment for construction workers, music producers or anyone in a noisy workplace.

Musician Earplugs

When you listen to music on your smartphone, a warning shows when you are listening to sounds at a volume that is too high. If you want a similar system from an earplug, then invest in musician’s earplugs. Musicians’ earplugs are specially designed to filter sounds at pitches.

Of course, the target customers for musicians’ earplugs are people who play and produce music. These earplugs are designed to filter high pitch sounds so they can still be heard without losing any quality. These earplugs can also be useful for music producers and sound engineers.

Earmuffs

If you prefer earmuffs to earplugs for ear protection, there are many types available. In general, earmuffs are as effective as earplugs, they provide the same level of noise protection, but some offer better attenuation. Earmuffs are more suitable for people working outside, people on construction sites and people in factories. Earmuffs are also more cost-effective ear protection.

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