I always keep some earplugs in my bedside drawer as my husband has a tendency to snore especially if he is in a deep sleep. I have bought many different types and brands over the years but the last ones I bought were this pack of three foam earplugs and paid just £1.75 from Boots.
These earplugs are made of foam and they seem to mould into the shape of your ear and are very easy to fit. They are a light yellow colour and they come with easy to follow instructions as to how to use them and to obtain the maximum benefit from them as if earplugs are not fitted properly they won't be very effective.
These foam ear plugs are soft and pliable and are very comfortable to wear. They can be used to protect your ears against noise and infections and are also suitable for swimming or any other sport where you may want to protect your ears from noise or from water. I have only worn them at night time but I would happily wear them in the daytime if I needed to as they are quite discreet.
I have never experienced these plugs coming out until I am ready to remove them and this is done easily just by pinching the end and pulling gently. I have used other plugs and have often found them in the bed the next morning, but I think that because these are foam and also if you fit them correctly they are a very secure fit and do not budge.
I have discovered that I can use a pair of these plugs about five or six times before they start to become a bit worn and flat so they are good value. If you can get these for £1.75 they are a fantastic bargain as they really are good quality ear plugs, they are easy to fit and comfortable to wear, and most importantly they allow me to sleep without interruption.
I bought these after sharing a room for three weeks with a snorting power snorer and being brought to the point of justifiable homicide. These little foam plugs not only saved my sanity - I really, really need my sleep - but have formed a staple of my travelling kit ever since.
They will not only save your snoring spouse/significant other from the Smoothering Pillow of Desperation, they will also save your sanity on long plane trips. No, they won't stop a badly behaved child kicking the back of your seat, but they will keep the general noise down enough for you to get enough sleep on a long haul flight to be human enough to check in the hotel at the other end. They even gave me enough sleep to do a full days work after flying in overnight from the USA. Okay, I did fall asleep on the tube coming home and woke up in Richmond but that was not the earplugs fault, more an unrealistic boss's.
They are simple to apply as they are made of foam. You rub them between thumb and finger until they form a thinner tube than the opening of your ear then pop them in. The foam then expands until the ear channel is blocked and the sound considerably deadened. No, they won't kill all the sound and if you need absolute silence to sleep you will be out of luck. For me, they work well enough to let me sleep on a plane as well as when sharing a room with a snorer and most importantly, let me get to sleep in enough quiet to do so.
As it is essential when putting anything in your ear that it be clean, it is great that these earplugs can be washed and that you get more than one pair. This ensures that you have a clean and hygenic pair to put in and a case to keep them that way.
The packaging has changed since I bought mine and since the picture above was put there. What has also changed is the number of plugs you get in the pack. I got two pairs when I bought mine. You now get three pairs - ie six plugs. This is ample to use and to wash and dry thoroughly before re-use.
Mine have been washed and reused a lot and are still giving me good service and have not caused me any ear infections. Putting anything into the ear channel is not especially comfortable and I am not going to pretend that you won't notice them going in, but they are soft, gentle and go in easily and come out with the same lack of trouble. I ruptured both eardrums getting my PADI diving license and so have to be careful with my poor ears. These earplugs have not caused me any problems despite my damaged ears so more normal ears should have even less problems with them.
And all for £2.79 from Boots - or 279 Boots Advantage points. Which is amazingly cheap for sanity maintainence and jail avoidance when faced with snorers or tough overnight flights.
I have had some problems with my ears in the past six months or so. I have had a burst eardrum and several ear infections. Because of these problems I have come to really respect my ears and have taken to using earplugs on any occasion when I may be surrounded by very loud noise or when I may be getting my ears wet. Because the bulk of my problems have been in one ear I have been very careful to use foam earplugs so that I can mark them and ensure that I do not mix my earplugs up if I am going to be re-using them.
I have tried a few brands of earplugs in the past six months and these Boots ones are one of the most recent ones that I have been using. The cost of three pairs of earplugs and a plastic carrying case is £2.59. This is quite a reasonable price, particularly for this useful little carry case, and I would be willing to pay that again even without the case. These are probably the second cheapest earplugs per set that I have purchased since I began using earplugs and there is the case too which is a fantastic feature and definitely helped to sell me on these when choosing my earplugs in store.
These foam earplugs are washed and this just adds to their appeal for me. I like it when I can reuse earplugs as I do not like too much wastage and also I do not want to spend several pounds every single week of the year just to take care of one small part of my body. Really it goes without saying but earplugs should be kept clean and hygienic and the plastic case allows me to do this without worrying about germs and dirt getting in to my ear canals.
These earplugs, like most, are simple to use. All you need to do is place these in to your ear and they should become quite fitted to the shape of your ear canal. When you first start using earplugs it will feel quite weird and the first few times I used foam earplugs I found them to be a little bit uncomfortable. I did persevere though as a bit of discomfort when showering, bathing or listening to loud noises means I do not suffer from earaches or ear problems like I used to. To ensure that my earplugs fit well I tend to squeeze and roll the earplug back and forth between my fingers. This changes the shape of my earplugs and makes them thinner and longer making it easier for me to put them in to my ear and wait for them to shape to my ear a little better. I tend to hold mine in place for a few seconds and then I can feel that it has moulded to my ear and so I can take my fingers away and have my bath or whatever I am going to do.
These foam earplugs do not block out sound as much as in ear silicone ones but they do work very well. I can have a bath in confidence and as long as I don't go splashing loads of water against my ear my ear canals stay dry and hygienic. I do mark my earplugs (well one of them with an R on the bottom) so that if I need to remove them briefly I can be sure that I am putting them back in the same ears as before. The sound that I can hear is very muffled so I can at least be aware of what is going on around me without having them jammed right in to my ear.
I find foam earplugs quite comfortable apart from the first few days that I began using them. I am careful to take my time so as not to cause any friction inside my ear canal. These earplugs can be washed using warm soapy water and then left to dry naturally. I always stand them up on the end that is usually outside of my ear and then once dried I place them inside the plastic case that comes with them.
Overall I have been very pleased with these foam earplugs. The price is reasonable for something that is washablae and the case helps to keep them clean and hygienic. I love that I can wash these and therefore don't have to spend as much money replacing them constantly.
I bought these foam ear plugs for two reasons, one for travel and one for my mornings when I get to have a lie in.
When I travel on an airplane I really don't like that whiring noise that you get, I'm not the best air traveler anyway even though I do it quite a bit, and always feel a bit uncomfortable so if I can block out noise and sort of retreat into myself that makes me feel a bit better.
These ear plugs are very simple but fairly effective. Boots label them as soft expanding foam that increases comfort and minimising noise. The ear plugs are little yellow foams rolls. They are probably about 1cm in diameter and about 5cm long.
They are quite squishy and so when you put them in your ear you can really squash them around and get them into quite a nice comfortable position. The fact that they are not shaped in any way and are just plain and not contoured I think makes them easier to get into your ear than more expensive ear plugs. You can lodge them in the ear but fast movements will cause them to come out but you can just put them in again easily.
These does keep out quite a bit of noise. On the mornings when I get to lie in and my husband takes the kids downstairs the kids still make quite a lot of noise and I need to block that out so I can get an hour or two of precious sleep which is another reason why I use these earplugs. Whilst they do not cancel out noise completely they do muffle it enough that you can block it out and that it does not bother you.
You can reuse these which is nice as they don't really get dirty with earwax or anything like that but in the packet you do get three pairs, handy if you want to keep one pair in your travel bag, one pair by your bed and have one as a spare pair.
A pack costs £3.49 from Boots.
I often have difficulty in sleeping. Not actually getting off to sleep, but waking up during the night. This is not helped by the fact that my other half is a very noisy sleeper - most of the night she's making such a racket she can even be heard if I pop downstairs to get myself a drink. She knows she snores, but she's unaware (as are most prolific snorers) but as we have tried a ton of things to stop her and nothing so far has worked, I have resigned myself to the fact that the only option is for me to try to help myself by using earplugs.
I have tried many different kinds of earplugs during the course of our married life. One of the best ones I found were some I bought whilst we were on holiday in the States but unfortunately these are long since gone and now I buy them from Boots.
The Boots own brand foam earplugs are not the best ones I have ever used, it has to be said, but they are good enough o help eliminate the bulk of the din during the night and keep the worst of the noise out. However, for me personally, the only downside of these earplugs (and in fact all earplugs I have used to date) is the fact that after a whole night of having them jammed into my ear, I invariably wake the following morning to incredibly sore ears due to the fact that I have been sleeping so soundly and the pressure from the weight of my head seems to give me ear pain when I lie on my sides.
I paid £2.50 for these foam earplugs from Boots and they came in a pack of three. They are advertised as being soft and comfortable and you have to gently mould the earplug and warm it between your fingers before inserting them into your ear for the first time. This ensures the best fit. The earplug always goes in easily and as I lie there I can slowly feel it opening up and expanding to fit inside the shape of my ear. Eventually I can detect this stops and the earplug is firmly in place.
I have to say, they rarely (if ever) fall out of my ears during the night whilst I sleep and are usually still in place the following morning, but as I say, my ears are always sore from the pressure of wearing them during the night. They do work well at blocking out / muffling the monster beside me as she sleeps but the pain the next morning can be sometime pretty intense.
Overall, after weighing up the pros and cons, I have to say I'd rather sleep with the earplugs than without them and put up with the sore ears the next day.
So, overall I do have to recommend them.
It is that time of year and the lambs are out on the fields around us and although lovely to look at, the bleating throughout the night can result in sleepless nights for those who live nearby. As I'm recovering from an illness at the moment I really need my sleep so asked my husband to pop into Boots and see what they had there. He arrived home with a box of Boot's Foam Ear Plugs. There are three pairs of ear plugs in the box and a little carry case which may be handy for others, possibly useful for when travelling, but I threw this away.
I haven't worn earplugs before and fiddled around with them for a while. I thought they looked way too big to place into my ears. They are skin coloured, domed at one end, very soft and spongy. I soon discovered you can manipulate them into a narrower shape by rolling them firmly with your fingers, they then slowly expand back to their original shape. So I quite easily placed them into my ears, I could feel them expand a little and then that was it I was left with a muffled silence.
They are surprisingly comfortable to wear and almost completely block out sound around you. Distant sounds (lambs bleating) I could not hear at all, closer loud sounds were muffled considerably and quiet sounds again were inaudible. For instance, my husband on one occasion came into the bedroom and started talking to me but because my back was turned to him I had no idea about it. When he shouted " Please don't ignore me!" I could hear that although still somewhat muffled. So my verdict is these little ear plugs are very effective indeed. The first night of using them I slept like a log.
These ear plugs can be washed and re-used but I think I will just start using a fresh pair when necessary. I imagine there are a wide range of ear plugs on the market and probably many that may be considered better than these, but I'm very happy with them, they are simple and effective. At £ 2.59 for 3 pairs, I also think they are a bargain. So if you are after some peace and quiet for during the day or especially the night time I recommend Boots foam ear plugs. Happy dreams!
Thanks for reading this review x
© Lunaria 2012
Boots the chemists have saved my bacon! For months I have been making good use of some free foam earplugs (courtesy of an airline). As the saying goes all good things must come to an end and my supply of free foam earplugs had been used, reused, washed, worn and were past their best. Being a savvy shopper (or so I like to think) I kept looking for some replacement foam earplugs in the discount stores but they were nowhere to be found. However I managed to find some at my local Boots the chemist.
After examining the price I wondered if I could manage without my little foam friends but on second thoughts...maybe not. My tender eardrums cannot withstand the television volume being turned right up ( due to deaf hubby!) and the gentle snoring that is quite acceptable at first but soon elevates to a level that rocks the slates on the roof!
At first glance the Boots earplugs seem a bit of an expensive do ( around £2.60p) But one pack contains three pairs of soft foam earplugs that are washable and a little plastic carrying case. Boots state children should not use the foam earplugs which is sound advice because young ears have tender ear canals. It is essential to take care of our ears so the foam earplugs must be kept clean and any earplug that becomes damaged must be disposed of.
If you have never worn foam earplugs before then you may find they feel strange when inserted into your ear canal. Boots say that these earplugs can effectively reduce any noise and can be a great help when you are swimming, trying to get some sleep, working or travelling.
The Boots foam earplugs feel rather weird to the touch. The soft foam feels almost `slimy`. Take a good look at the foam earplug and you could wonder how you are meant to slide it into your ear canal without it springing back out again. But there is a knack to inserting an earplug. Take the foam earplug and place it on the palm of your hand. Using the fingers on the other hand start rolling the foam earplug and you will see that it starts to form a longer thinner foam tube. Take hold of your ear and pull it forward and then slide the foam plug into your ear canal. There is no need to push and poke the earplug, do it gently. Place the tip of your finger over the top of the earplug that you have just inserted and let the foam plug expand. The foam expands quickly and then you can remove your fingertip.
When the Boots foam earplug is in place then the noise around you is well muffled. The foam plugs do not block all sound but they make life far more bearable. The foam earplugs are easily removed. Catch the ends of the plugs and pull them out very gently. Our hearing is extremely important so the plugs that we insert into our ears must always be clean and these Boots foam earplugs are washable. Place the foam earplugs into a bowl of warm soapy water and wash them lightly. Rinse them out and let them dry naturally. The earplugs automatically go back into shape.
When you shop for the Boots earplugs bear in mind that there are some disposable plugs that are cheaper but they are not described as washable. Cleaning your ears regularly ensures that the foam earplugs stay cleaner and once the earplugs have been worn (as long as they are clean) they can be stored in the little carrying case that comes with them. The Boots foam earplugs are a good investment for anyone who loves a quiet life!
My journey into the world of earplugs began when, as a student, I moved house and discovered a noisy boiler in my bedroom. Being a light sleeper at the best of times, the hissing and rumbling kept me awake for most of the night, so I decided to take action and see if earplugs would help. After trying a few pairs, with varied success, I finally hit upon these, and there was no looking back.
These marvellous, skin coloured little wonders are soft and squidgy, but made of that tightly packed foam which retains its shape for a while when you press down on it. This makes them great for moulding to the shape of your ear, and closing off all the little gaps, providing a good level of soundproofing. It's certainly enough to block out any traffic noise, or mechanical buzzing, and although you may still here the odd loud noise, it will probably be muted enough for you to sleep through.
They're easy to insert- just roll them for a few seconds with your fingers to make them narrower and then push them gently into your ears. Once in, the softness of the foam makes them very comfortable. The only problem I've had with their shape is the length- at just over 2cm long, I find them a big long for my ears. But they're very easy to trim down so you can customise them to suit your needs.
This pack comes with 3 pairs of earplugs (although sometimes I've found an extra pair in there too!) and a handy plastic pot to keep them in between uses. This ensures that they stay clean and hygienic. You can wash these earplugs, but be warned- after even 1 wash, they lose some of their effectiveness and become less soundproof. I tend to dipose of each pair after a few weeks, when they start to lose their shape. This means that 1 pack, priced at £2.49, lasts around 2 months so all in all I'd say it's a small price to pay for 60 nights of sound(less) sleep!
Boots foam earplugs are light brownish medium-short earplugs.
There are 6 in each pack together with a container to store those you are currently using to keep bacteria away.
These earplugs, while reusable up to 2 washes according to the manufacturer, can even be used for up to 4 washes, but as usual, take care to use soap and dry thoroughly to prevent ear infection!
While these are not marked as "soft" earplugs, they are definitely softer than the soft disposable earplugs that Boots also sells and a lot more comfortable. However, this does come at a price: They are not quite as effective at blocking out noise and often you will find 2-3 earplugs per pack to be too porous and thus not great at blocking out any amount of noise. Considering that is up to 50% of your pack, this of course means you are really buying 3 plugs for the price of 6.
Still, they can be reused for a lengthy period and last a while too, and are kind on your ears - very much suitable for night-time use to block out the environment noise.
They usually cost mid-3 pounds at Boots.