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Soft Foam vs. Soft Silicone Earplugs

foam and silicone earplugs

If you have difficulty sleeping because of disturbing noises, the easiest and fastest way to solve this problem is to find good enough earplugs. Good enough earplugs means mainly two things: 1. Comfortable ones that will not cause your ears any irritation, itchy or pain. They should be so comfortable that you almost forget you wear them. 2. Earplugs with high noise reduction rating (NRR) that will assure noise canceling and quite sleep.

Combination of high comfort and high NRR will give you the best earplugs for sleeping. Usually foam earplugs have higher level of NRR comparing silicone earplugs. Good foam ones have NRR 30 and above. On the other hand silicone earplugs while with lower NNR provide better comfort as they do not interfere the ear channel.

We can summarize following pros and cons for both types:

Soft Foam Earplugs:
+ Excellent sound blocker – higher NRR, often above 30
+ Available in different sizes according to the earchannel
+ Soft Foam is a new technology and do not hurt the skin
Rarely drops out
+ Easy to use
+ Inexpencive comparing silicone earplugs

May cause itchy if long time used
Recommender for disposable use
May cause feeling of pressure in the ear if long time used

Soft Silicone Earplugs:
+ Softer comparing foam earplugs
+ Do not get into the ear channel and do not hurt the channel inside
+ Microbacterial silicone
Reusable for up to 3 times
+ Moldable according to your needs
+ Rarely cause itchy

Lower NRR comparing foam earplugs, usually under NRR 30
Sometimes drop out
− Might be difficult to fix to the ear
− More expencive comparing foam earplugs but still affordable

It is very individually to decide which earplugs are better and it depends on the personal requirements and feelings. If you use earplugs for first time you will be happy with the peace and silence that they provide but you may feel discomfort after some time. Discomfort is connected to feelings of pressure or itchy in the ear. Once you become more experienced in fitting right and correct the different earplugs you will be able to minimize these feelings.


How to sleep in noisy hotels

or how earplugs for sleeping saved me

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earplugs for sleeping

I was on a business trip to London two years ago and had to find a hotel just few days before my departure. With a limited budget and not much time to choose I was happy to book a 3* Victorian architecture hotel near Bayswater in the last minute.
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3M Classic Earplugs for SleepingBest Earplugs for Sleeping: 3M EAR Classic Review

3M is among the leading producers of earplugs and I would say one of the most reliable and innovative companies. In fact they introduced the first foam earplugs in the world more than 30 years ago. Their products are high quality and widespread in the drugstores. The company offers many different types and forms of earplugs for sleeping. Probably their best seller is Continue reading

How to Fall Asleep Fast and Easier

taking a napRemember when you were a kid and taking a nap was one of the most hated activity everyone hated doing? I can tell you I loathed taking afternoon sleep even though, I didn’t know at the time, it’s crucial for the bringing up of the young ones. Being called inside in afternoon while playing with friends was something not all of us were looking forward to, especially if everyone else is not going inside for that nap. Continue reading

Noise reduction rating: What does it mean?

Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) measures the level of sound that hearing protection devices block out. Hearing Protection Devices, also known as hearing protectors, are products that are invented and based on the ability to reduce or block out the level of sound we hear. These products are used in a wide spectrum of noise producing activities ranging from airplanes take off and music concerts to sleep-induced snoring. Continue reading

block out noise

Well, noise and sleep have a correlation; the correlation can have adverse consequences, depending on the levels of decibels of the former, on the quality of sleep. Noise is that unwanted, annoying sound from traffic, industries or even noisy neighbors. The levels of noise have been on the rise over the past 30 years and are projected to even rise higher. Continue reading