How much noise do ear plugs block

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These types of earplugs exist

There are different types of earplugs, which differ in their material and their effectiveness in noise protection. The most common materials are:

  • wax
  • silicone
  • Foam

Wax earplugs are easy to shape when it is warm and therefore adapt very precisely to the ear. Noises are effectively dampened by the wax. A disadvantage of the wax earplugs, however, is the care, because the earplugs are difficult to clean and can leave deposits inside the ear.

Silicone earplugs are available in softer and harder versions. Softer models feel more comfortable, especially when lying on their side. The advantage over wax is that silicone is very easy to clean. Custom-made products can be perfectly tailored to the ear, but they also have their price.

At Foam earplugs it is the cheapest option, but also the least durable. For this reason, foam is usually made of single-use earplugs. However, foam doesn't dampen noise as effectively as wax or silicone.

Which type of earplugs is best for you depends on how you feel and how often you use them. Foam earplugs are good for sleeping while traveling, for example, when you want to be quiet on the plane. However, foam is less suitable for everyday use. The best thing to do is to get advice from an ENT, hearing care professional or pharmacy to find the right noise protection.

Use earplugs when your partner snores?

Many are inclined to use Earplugs to sleepif the partner snores. This is the obvious solution, especially if snoring only occurs exceptionally because of a cold.

If regular snoring bothers you, we at Schlaraffia have a solution for you: the Silence box spring bed. The headboard equipped with acoustic foam reduces noise by up to 25%. So you no longer need earplugs and can still fall asleep more peacefully!


Use earplugs correctly

When using Earplugs for sleeping it is advisable to take a look at the instructions for your earplugs. It explains how to use it and how to care for it. These tips apply to all types of earplugs:

  1. Wash hands before inserting.

  1. Push the earplugs into your ears only until the noise is muffled.

  1. Clean regularly.

Don't push the earbuds in as far as you can to avoid irritating the eardrum. Washing your hands before inserting and cleaning the earplugs is a must, especially with regular use. If you use disposable earplugs, be sure to change them after a single use.

Sleeping with earplugs - the advantages

Rest is very important for falling asleep and staying asleep. Anyone who has a busy street with a tram in front of the bedroom window, lies next to a snoring partner or has a good ear, knows the challenge of wanting to fall asleep in loud noise. If you are unable to block out the noise, earplugs can help. They quickly bring about rest and can make it easier to fall asleep.

Sleeping with Earplugs - The Cons

There are a few things to keep in mind when using earplugs regularly. The most important thing is that hygiene! If you use the earbuds several times in a row without cleaning them, germs can get into the ear. Inflammation and infection can result. Incorrect use can also lead to blockage of the auditory canal. Therefore Clean the earplugs after each use, allow to dry completely before next use and before inserting in the ear always wash your hands. The earplugs should not be pushed too deep into the ear canal, as this will force wax into the ear canal and cause blockage.

If you use earplugs every night to sleep, you risk losing yourself to get used to the noise protection. After a while, you may find it difficult to fall asleep without earplugs at all. Therefore it is better to only use the little helpers in exceptional cases - for example when the neighbors are having a party, the person next to you is snoring because of a cold or you know that the construction site in front of the house will already be busy in the morning if you are still working want to sleep peacefully.

Another important thing to note when using earplugs is that they don't work too well. Completely noiseless Being able to sleep may sound like a dream at first. Noise, however, should only be attenuated, not completely blocked. The ringing of the alarm clock, the calling of the children or, very importantly, alarm signals still have to get through to your ears.

Sleeping with earplugs - yes or no?

Whether you sleep with the earplugs on is up to you. At the correct use of the earplugs health risks can be minimized. However, regular use can mean that you get so used to the noise protection that you can no longer fall asleep without earplugs. But if more noise prevents you from sleeping, there is nothing against earplugs.