My hubby snores. Short of pushing him out into the spare room, or divorcing him, I am left with n option but to wear ear plugs most nights when we go to bed. I have tried a few different types, with mixed results and currently I am using Boots' own brand ear plugs, called "Muffles". I am guessing that is because they are supposed to muffle the noise.
There are five sets of plugs in a box of these and they cost just under three pounds. I buy mine with any Advantage Points I have. They are easy to use and you have to make sure they are jammed right into the ear for best results. They sort of expand when inside the ear so that they fit each ear shape and they are designed not to fall out but they always do and I end up trying to find the one that has dropped out during the night, in the dark and failing miserably.
These work so long as you keep very still at night and do not move around much (if at all). They get sticky really quickly and they usually get thrown away after a few washes as I cannot bear to touch them.
They work quite well once they are in place and even I am not able to hear a dickie bird when they are first inserted, and for the first couple of hours, until they slowly start to dislodge themselves from my ears.
They get three stars as they are good, it's probably just my odd ear shape to blame.
I have been using the muffles earplugs for over 3 years at least.
It's strange because i didn't think (initially at least) they were all that effective..but. I have since found them, if you shape them into your ear canal correctly, that they do the job, ie. in my case I do not like noise from neighbours, and especially from barking dogs.
They are good value at around £2.59 for 5 sets of earplugs, and I much prefer them over silicone ones which are ineffective.
The only trouble is, I find I can't always hear what is being said to me by family members and this causes much frustration!
However, they are of course much better at night time when they come into their own, and now I wouldn't be without them.
They do NOT help though for eg. if a neighbour decides they want to infuriate you by playing booming music through your walls. Nor do they completely block out the louder noises such as barking dogs if they are quite closeby ie in next door's garden!
I do not agree that they only need to be used the once, I wear one pair for up to a full week, so getting over 5 weeks from the little pack is definitely worth the price you pay for them.
They do begin to turn a little 'grey' at the edges though, and not everyone will agree with my own personal hygiene methods!
On the whole I'd say they have helped me, and are better than the other types of earplugs on the market.
During the couple of years I relied on earplugs I tried out many different concepts of them and one thing I found was that when it came to the foam versus wax debate I'm very much more of a wax fan when it comes to effectiveness. With a drug den next door and the open house that it was and my M.E I felt like I was always buying some sort of earplugs, I should have asked for maintenance from next door now I think about it or tried to claim compensation when they got evicted lol!
The only wax earplugs prior to these I got on with and favoured above all other earplugs was Quies. They were not perfect, didn't block out all noise but were more effective than most however I could only order them online and couldn't find them to purchase on the high street so sometimes when out and about I would look for more to shove in my bedside cabinet and on one of those trips I found these Boots ones and bought them cos 5 pairs cost me just £2.55 and I think at the time I got three different types of earplugs to try out for the price of two which was handy!
These come in a dark green box with a picture shown of the earplugs on the front and we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and that there are 5 pairs in the box and then on the back of the box we are told a bit about the earplugs and how to use them and contact details for Boots are clearly given.
What you get is an off white foamy looking earplug basically. I expected it to me made of wax but it isn't wax though they are more pliable than simply foam earplugs and you basically have to soften it up in your fingers and pop it into your ears till it feels comfortable and then they gently expand once inside the ear canal.
I was able to get the shape easily of my ear canal and they did stay put however when I moved in bed I woke up because they dug into my ears from the inside though if I lay flat out I was fine sadly though you can't control your movement when your asleep! They did stay put though and they did drown out quite a bit of noise though not screeching and fighting and not base to music though it did muffle it out a bit and make it more bearable and I could no longer here lighter noises like a clock ticking or anything like that!
These single use earplugs are rather good at helping with noise reduction though I didn't find them all that comfortable but I sort of got used to them and whats more you can use these more than once and I used mine in my clean ears 4-5 times before disposing of them but that of course is up to you. I'm on the fence with these ones to be honest but did find them more effective than just plain old foam ones that kept popping out all over the place but I must admit I did still prefer total wax earplugs!
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Living with other people in the same house may not always be full of fun. You need to take into consideration their habits such as talking to their partners in the middle of the night (and because the coverage is quite poor, you can find them screaming although everyone else is asleep...). Paper-thin walls enable you to hear their music. Unfortunately, I tend to get stressed at times and I need perfect silence in order to fall asleep. By now you have probably guessed that perfect silence and living with other people is in my case mutually exclusive. Instead of knocking on their door twenty times within an hour, I decided to look for other measures and I purchased Boots Muffles Wax Earplugs which were recommended to me by a friend.
Packaging, appearance and texture
They come in a small, blue carton box. There are 5 pairs of earplugs in one pack. If you are unsure how to use them, you will find instructions and notes on the box.
The earplugs are very pale pink and you can feel that they are wax (no cheating here!). Their scent is very mild (I think that most of the people would say there is not scent at all; I'm simply very sensitive with smells) and, unsurprisingly, 'waxy'.
How to use them?
As I have mentioned before, you will find the instructions on the packaging. You need hold the earplugs in your hands for several seconds (and roll them) so they can soften. Then you form them into cones and you can firmly insert each earplug into your ears. I personally found them too big (almost one cm in diameter!) for my ears therefore I tend to cut them into two pieces (a tip if you would like to save a bit of money too). They are easy to mould and comfortable to wear.
I wear them at night but they are also suitable for use when swimming.
Do they work?
Yes, yes and one more yes! When I wear them, I cannot hear much at all. To be perfectly honest, they have fallen off sporadically but I think I didn't insert them properly into my ears. Otherwise, they stay where they are meant to be which for me equals to no more sleepless nights.
According to the producer, these plugs are designed for single use only. I personally feel that it's a waste of money to throw them away after one night and I re-use them.
Price and availability
They are available in Boots and cost £2.49 which I think is very reasonable for five pairs of good quality ear plugs.
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Excellent product, but, now £2.49 at Bolton Boots to-day 5/11/2010.
I've already reviewed Boots' soft foam earplugs on here, and hailed them as the epitome of comfort and soundlessness. However, it took me a while to discover them, and along the way, I tried out these wax ones.
Selling now at £2.19 for 5 pairs, they are cheaper than the foam ones, and claimed to be ideal for sleeping, as well as swimming and working (I'm assuming this means if you work with noisy machinery, not just annoying colleagues). Perfect, I thought, and what great value. How wrong I was.
These white ear plugs are made of hard wax, which you soften between your fingers to enable easy insertion into the ears. I found the wax took ages to even soften slightly, and was still pretty hard and only a little thinner, when I inserted it. Yeouch, that about sums it up. Rock hard wax being forced into a sensitive ear canal is not a good feeling. Even when I'd tortuously pushed it in, there was a heck of a lot of earplug still poking out. Even after trimming, the outer end of the earplug still pushed uncomfortably against the pillow when I lay down.
As for soundproofing, they were probably the equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears. Pretty good, but a lot harder than fingers. After just half an hour in bed, I gave up and yanked them out- I found I could sleep much more easily with noise than pain!
I definitely can't recommend these for anyone who's ears are at all sensitive (and let's face it, that's just about all of us), especially not for sleeping- if you CAN sleep with these in your ears, you'd probably be able to sleep through anything, which defeats the object!
Up until earlier this month, and the eviction of my downstairs neighbour, I was relying heavily on earplugs to get some much needed shut-eye. My neighbour was partying most nights, with music on full-blast, and at one point had a game of indoor football at 4am in the morning. Urgh!
After trying numerous methods to get him to shut the hell up - including lowering my ankles from bed and simultaneously bashing them vigorously against the floor like crazy - I decided to dip my toe (or ears I should say) into the earplug market.
I stumbled upon Boots Muffles Wax Earplugs in my local boots, and quickly snatched them up. This was going to be my salvation from noisy neighbour and I was eager to try them out. To be quite honest, I couldn't have cared less about the packaging. I just needed to sleep, and would have bought them even if they had come in the most hideously designed box going. As an aside, however, the packaging is pleasing on the eye, but if you are buying these during a period of sleep deprivation, you'll most likely only notice the line "Effectively reduces levels of unwanted noise" before you find yourself at the counter.
So, how did it go? Well... they were certainly effective. They did indeed reduce levels of unwanted noise. Two problems though: 1) I found it difficult to sleep with them in my ear, and 2) I got jaw ache of the kind that could have been caused by chewing on a piece of metal. A closer look at each disadvantage.
The earplugs are relatively hard, and have to be rolled into a squidgy ball of wax to fit into one's ears. Once lodged in your head, they harden. I don't know if I was doing it wrong - I don't think so, because I followed the skimpy instructions for insertion to the letter - but it felt as though someone was sticking two long nailed fingers into both ears. The minute the plugs go in the ear, there is a major reduction in noise. BLISS!!! The sensation of having them in there was too uncomfortable for me though. I persevered in the hope that it would get better, and eventually I did fall asleep. Not for long though. I'd wake up and fall asleep, wake up and fall asleep and so on until morning. On the first morning after I used these, I woke up with them squashed into my bedsheets. They'd fallen out of my ears during the night.
I also noticed considerable jaw pain after use. I'm not sure what caused this, but I have spoken to friends of mine who have told me that this is a common problem with all ear plugs. Perhaps having something in the ear shifts the jaw forward? All I know is that I felt as if i'd been gnawing on a piece of concrete all evening. Maybe it's just me though!!!
I later purchased a box of Boots foam earplugs. They are not as effective in reducing noise, but they do it enough so as to give me a good night's sleep. Thankfully my neighbour has since been evicted!
I've given these two out of five because they do reduce noise. However, they were not comfortable at all (for me!).
After moving to a very noisy location (which features loud neighbours, buses, rubbish trucks and lots of cars) from a very quiet one, I found that I was being woken up by the slightest noise. You can get earplugs from lots of shops but they always seem to be made from foam, which I find are useless. The only ones that actually lower the noise level AND stay in my ears all night are Boots Muffles. The name explains exactly what they do. Rather than completely blocking out noise, they reduce and muffle it, allowing you to have much better sleep but meaning you can still hear your alarm clock in the morning. They cost £2.19 for five pairs which, as they are supposed to be one time use only, should mean they only last you 5 nights. However, I find that one per ear is too big and not as comfortable so I split them and use one half in each ear, making them virtually unnoticeable from a comfort point of view and doubles the amount of time that one box lasts. As they are made from wax, you can easily mould them to fit your ears perfectly, unlike the more common foam plugs. Thoroughly recommended.
Life isn't always exciting. It isn't always full of things you enjoy and look forward to. It isn't always what you would have expected. Sometimes there are times when what we are doing is just plain "ordinary". Not exciting - dull, boring.......but these times are also essential to allow us to carry on the rest of our day/life and we should appreciate them just as much as we do the other, more exciting things, as without them we would be in a muddle.
The same goes for the things we buy - the nice things, the exciting things...they are things we like, that give us a lift as we pay for them, that make nice meals to share with friends or family, that we can appreciate as we walk by them and remember what prompted us to pick it up off the shelf. Then there are the less exciting things.....bleach........sanitary stuff.......EARPLUGS!! These things may not be high on the list of "ooh, today I bought....." comments, but boy are they essential, and without them, we would be slightly more in a muddle than we might otherwise be!
Yes, for the past 20 years, earplugs have been an absolute essential for me. I have tried many varieties, from the freebies that my husband brought home from work in a factory once, to some super duper mega expensive things that looked like clear plastic triple decker spaceships....but time after time, Boots again come up trumps with their very reasonably priced Muffles Ear plugs.
I have two reasons that I buy earplugs - one is because I am generally a poor sleeper. I always have been (sorry, Mum!) so if I am on a plane, in a hotel room with thin walls, or if the neighbours are having a late night barbecue party, I wake up frequently. Earplugs will help keep out that noise and help me sleep a bit better.
The other reason is because my husband snores for Britain.......you name it, he has tried it - from having his throat operated on and large chunks cut away, through losing weight, to buying sprays, and electric shock things that fit on his fingers....but to no avail.
So, several unwanted decibels permeate through the house as my husband gets a wonderful nights sleep (he can sleep through anything - typical!) and I just get more and more annoyed at the fact that I am awake.
These ear plugs are simple - they are a cylindrical shaped dense foam, about an inch long and half an inch in diameter. They have a completely flat end and a slightly rounded end. They are much more dense than many you can get - I find that the "thinner" ones just fall out and never seem to mould themselves to my ears.
To use the ear plugs, simply roll one in your fingers to gently soften it slightly, which makes it a bit more pliable, then pop it in your ear. It may help to pull your ear lobe with your other hand, just a bit, to open up the ear canal a bit more, allowing a better seal when you have the ear plug in place.
It may take a bit of practice, after all it is not the sort of thing we will have practiced in the playground, or have been taught at school, and it seems a bit alien to be putting chunks of foam in our ears, but persevere with it.....the effects are well worth the effort!
You currently get 5 pairs of these ear plugs in a box, from Boots for £2.19 - that is not bad for a good night's sleep! The ear plugs are reusable - I just pop mine in a clean sock, tie the top of the sock into a knot and put them in the washing machine.......although if I only used them infrequently, I would probably just throw them away.
So, whether you have a snorer for a bedfellow, or if you just want to be able to sleep through the dawn chorus, these are a useful addition to your bedside cabinet. I would guess that they are pretty much an essential for anyone working nights too.
Boring they might be......flippin useful, they definitely are!
For many years I worked an evening shift, either finishing at midnight or 2am. With three small children to get ready for school in the morning, this played havoc with my sleeping patterns.
I'd been using earplugs for a few years, the soft, squashy kind that they provide you with on planes. However, as anyone who uses these things knows, they're pretty much a waste of time. Well, they do absolutely nothing for me. Unless you jam them into your ears then keep your fingers firmly wedged in your eardrums, these types of earplugs simply 'pop out' and in floods the noise.
For many people, perhaps those living in nice quiet areas, soft earplugs may be sufficient. Living in central London though, a city which pretty much stays awake 24 hours, it's a different kettle of fish. There's always something going on, someone hooting a horn, neighbours arguing out the back, helicopters circling for hours overhead or the nocturnal inhabitants residing above us, who so kindly installed wooden floor boards last year and who never retire to bed before 3am, all serve to keep me from my slumbers.
Earplugs are such a necessity for me to sleep now, that I doubt I'll ever be able to sleep without them for the rest of my life. What a depressing thought. Maybe I'll move to the seaside one day, New Zealand, sorry I'm rambling.
Anyway, a few years ago, I was moaning yet again to a work colleague about my sleep disturbances and she asked me whether I had tried wax ear plugs. She said her sister, who was an air stewardess, swore by them as the best solution for sleeping on long haul flights.
I didn't really like the sound of them. Wax is hard, surely they'd be uncomfortable in your ears. Still, in desperation one day after yet another disrupted night, I headed off to Boots in search of wax earplugs.
I was already using Boots soft earplugs and had always deliberately ignored the wax variety. I picked up a box containing five pairs of earplugs for £2.09.
~~~About Boots Muffles Wax Earplugs~~~
Although these earplugs are designed for a single use, I do reuse mine for 3-4 nights and they still work. They're suitable for adults and children over 12 years of age.
* Effectively reduce levels of unwanted noise;
* Are suitable for use when swimming;
* Are soft and easy to shape;
* Will not disintegrate in use.
You must soften the plug by rolling it between your fingers and shaping them into a cone;
You them insert them firmly into each ear canal and off to sleep you go.
When first removing the ear plugs from the box, I thought there'd be no way I'd be able to sleep. I held between my fingers, two cylindrical, pale pink pieces of hard wax each measuring slightly over 2cm in length and 1cm in width.
I duly followed the instructions by rolling each earplug between my fingers. After a minute the wax actually softened slightly, allowing me to mould it into the required cone shape. I then inserted each one into my ears and pushed down the protruding pieces of wax so it filled in any gaps left.
Straight away I knew these would be different. I couldn't hear a thing. I just needed to see how they would respond to the various noises that occur during the night to know whether these were a good investment or not.
Well, after over three years of using these earplugs nightly, I can say, yes, they work. I can also say I am addicted to them and cannot sleep without them now. They are surprising comfortable - the heat from your body keeps the wax from hardening and I rarely notice them, certainly not enough to keep me awake. Occasionally if I do wake in the night now, it's because one of the plugs has moved slightly, creating a small gap to let in sound. And the slightest noise wakes me. I can just push it back in again to create the seal and it usually stays that way until I wake in the morning.
Obviously these earplugs don't block all sound completely. I don't think that's legal. We need to be able to hear life saving devices such as a smoke alarm. However, it does muffle the sound of voices - if my husband talks to me when they're in, I can hear him mumbling but cannot make out any words even if he comes right up close. I can't hear people shouting outside, family coming into the room etc. They're a complete revelation for me.
Noises that have been able to wake me up while wearing these earplugs include loud bass from neighbours' music systems and the neighbours upstairs scraping their furniture on their nasty cheap wooden floorboards, which thankfully (after we complained) they don't do so much in the night now.
So all in all, if you're finding that regular soft earplugs don't eliminate enough noise for you, and you've been put off the idea of using wax earplugs, don't. They're fantastic. Whenever I visit Boots, I bulk buy these earplugs as I'm terrified they'll run out or cease making them.
Reduces levels of unwanted noise.