what earplugs are you using? i am looking for a versatile piece that i can use for sleeping, traveling and reading. Most importantly, they should be safe for my ears. I came across Etymotic High fidelity recommended for concerts on https://www.studiogearexperts.com/best-earplugs-for-concerts/htm but they are also versatile.
I always use foam earplugs because I’m too afraid of something with a hard core will poke something tender in my ear while I sleep. I don’t have a reliable reference for this and only vaguely remember reading this when I bought my earplugs from Earpeace.
That studiogear website uses dubious enough English that it may be a spam/link farm site.
How are Etymotic High Fidelity “versatile” when the product description clearly states “Not recommended for sleeping”?
Anyway, to turn this likely spam thread into something useful, the best sleeping earplugs I’ve ever used, and have been using for over 10 years, are the Howard Leight foam earplugs, with a 33dB Noise Reduction Ratio. One pair can easily be reused for over a month.
I use sleepphones. its like wearing a headband. quite comfortable, it doesn’t feel like they affect too much of my sleep either, unless i turn around a lot. https://www.sleepphones.com/
they seem to have some new ones out too, never tried those, so at your own risk. but the original is nice. its not wonderful audio, but good enough for night meditation or self hypnosis. especially if you have a partner that don’t wish for the same self-improvement as you do;9
I take regular foam ear plugs like the Leight and submerge them under melted canning wax. Squezze out air to let wax soak in. The result is over 50dB sound reduction. Using the earplugs continuously definitely causes ear infections and probably causes tinnitus.
While in the Construction business, I always wore Etymotic GunsportPRO earplugs. They are comfortable (as earplugs go), and do a good job of noise filtering without having that ‘something is in my ear’ hollow sound. I still wear them shooting and when I am at construction sites for work.
these get good reduction is volume. btw, don’t take the specs on decibels too seriously. it’s actually hard to measure ( you really need a curve showing reduction at different frequencies). all of the cheap plugs loose more high freq then low. these are no different. the expensive molded plugs are significantly flatter but you don’t need that for sleeping.
i buy a box of these and then i’m good for sleeping, concerts, trains…give some to friends at shows. they gradually loose elasticity and thus effectiveness. discard when you feel like it. i estimate i get maybe 20 uses.
for sleep there is nothing sticking out of your ear so comfortable when you sleep on your side.
they don’t completely get rid of sounds. they more take the harshness off of sounds. this is true of all the plugs. and if your issue is bass…like a club…nothing is going to do much.
so for price, sound reduction, comfort…these are an easy choice for me. last thing…there is a little skill to putting them in. you basically roll one end narrow, insert, and then sometimes i will gently hold in place as it expands to fill ear canal.
I’m struggling. Since lockdown I have really struggled with sleep, for various reasons. I decided to try and wear earplugs at night in the hope that this would help.
I’ve tried a few types of foam earplugs but they all seem to fall out at night. Are my earholes too big? I can’t be the only person with this problem? I have now considering some hard plastic earplugs, rather than foam ones.
Hey Barry, I’ve used the foam earplugs for sleeping and work for decades. They work ok but I need a break from them periodically because the slight pressure that they put on the ear canal begins to hurt. Fortunately I recently discovered silicone ear plugs. These are an improvement over even the best foam ear plugs, for me anyway. They block sound better, are more comfortable, are washable, and stay in better. I’ve been using the same pair for about one year now. Here they are (Anbow brand): https://www.amazon.com/Reusable-Silicone-Ear-Plugs-Waterproof/dp/B07RDK9V58
Good luck, adequate sleep is essential.