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I am quite a light sleeper at the best of times but I am worse when I am away from home as the slightest little noise wakes me up and can keep me awake for hours so I always wear earplugs when staying away and sometimes in my own house. I bought some disposable earplugs from Boot's when I was staying in a b&b a couple of months ago and they were quite good for throw away ones and I would certainly consider buying them again. The ear plugs cost £239 for three pairs and they are made from foam. To use the plugs you have to squeeze them until they are smaller and then place them in your ear canal and when you have them in place let go and they expand to fill the canal and block our noise. Because they are made from foam I found them to be super comfortable and they moulded really well with my ear and didn't dislodge or move about even when I was asleep. Sometimes with earplugs I wake up and one or the other is sitting on my pillow but I was really impressed with just how well these fit and stayed put. They also worked fantastically as keeping the noise out and stopping me from getting an interrupted night's sleep. The room next door to use had the bathroom next to the wall where our bed was and before putting the plugs in I could hear the toilet flush and the taps run and it was surprisingly loud but with the plugs in I couldn't hear it at all. I was really impressed with these earplugs and thought they did a marvellous job at keeping the worst noise at bay and muffling everything enough that I could relax enough to go to sleep without worrying about being woken up several times during the night by noise. You even get a little carrying case to keep them in so that you don't lose them as they are quite small. Although disposable I used the same pair for a few days at a time and they still looked clean afterwards but I thought that was probably as long as I personally wanted to use them for without cleaning them and I didn't really want to wash them in boiling hot water to disinfect in case they disintegrated. The only slight criticism that I would have is that I thought they were a tiny bit on the expensive side at £2.39 for only 3 pairs.
My Other Half works shifts and these include 12 hour night shifts so when he gets home at 8 in the morning all he wants to do it go to bed. The only trouble is that we live on a road that is not a main road but is well used with buses running past the house every ten minutes and a school just over the road so there is quite a bit of noise around while he is trying to sleep. He decided to have a look in Boots for some earplugs and found these disposable Travel ones that were a reasonable price. They cost him £3.49 and you get three sets in there and he can use them more than once so last him a while. The plugs are a pink colour and they feel like they are made from a firm foam. He said that once he has them in he can not hear the everyday noise from outside going on although he does hear if the dog barks at someone at the front door, but they are sufficient to allow him to get off to sleep with not much trouble. He is a good sleeper anyway and is always asleep about 5 minutes after his head touches the pillow. Now, I have a different sleep problem. I am a very light sleeper and have big trouble getting off to sleep at night and then if I wake up in the night I can't get back off to sleep again. My Other Half is a very loud snorer and this doesn't help matters especially if he has had a drink the night before as he goes into such a deep sleep I can't wake him to stop him making a racket and I can't turn him over as he is too heavy so the other night I thought I would try some of his ear plugs and see if they helped me. To be honest they were rubbish for me. For one thing they were quite large in size and they hurt my ears to get them in. I thought of trying to cut them up a bit with some scissors to trim them to a smaller size but I could still hear Other Half snoring through them as he was so close to me and he was going at it like one of those road diggers so I decided not to bother and came down and slept on the settee instead. It says you can wear these earplugs for swimming as well to keep water out of your ears but I think you would need to have quite small ear holes to be able to wear them comfortably. I think on the whole, if you are having trouble sleeping because of background noise like if you are working shifts then definitely give these a try and see if they suit your ears.
I have a husband who works variable shifts so this means that sometimes he can come home at 6am and this means that I get woken up. As I am self employed I want to get out of bed at a time when I know I have specific jobs for specific websites to do which could be 11am or it could be 4am. I also, until recently, had a slight problem with unruly neighbours making noise at stupid hours of the day and playing their awful music, with terrible basslines, which just frustrated me. Because of these factors I started to wear earplugs and I have tried a variety of different earplugs, some half used packets given to me by friends (not used I might add!) and some that I bought myself while on holiday, when away for work purposes or just when running low on earplugs. Earplugs are not something that I have been wearing on a daily basis but if I am particularly tired or need to ensure a good nights sleep I will put them in and try and drift off to sleep. I don't mind spending money on quality earplugs either as I feel that they are worth every penny if they help me to wake up feeling refreshed after what would've been a disturbed nights sleep otherwise. These earplugs are simple to remove from the green cardboard box and there is a little plastic carry case. Now this is quite nice but I throw away my earplugs after I use them, every time, as I have had a problem with ear infections in the past, so I can't help but feel this carry case is a little unnecessary as I could just keep the earplugs in the cardboard box until I use them. The earplugs look quite standard for foam earplugs with there being a rounded end and a flat end and they have a uniform bullet shape to them like lots of other foam earplugs I have worn before. To apply these earplugs I roll them between my fingers, making sure my fingers are clean first, until they are very thin in shape, just a few millimetres across, I then put them into my ear, put one finger on the end that is on the outside of my ear and then hold it and gently push it until the earplugs have resumed their original shape (as much as they can in an ear) and they have moulded to the inside of my ear. I can let my finger off the earplug end and the earplug is firmly in my ear. Once these earplugs are in my ear they feel quite comfortable. Obviously I am aware that they are there but if I am staying awake for a little while, perhaps reading or watching television with subtitles on, I find that I cannot hear external noises, not even the hum of my turtle tank which was located near to my bed until recently. These earplugs also block out noise from basslines, external music perhaps from the park near my home or the street nearby. Occasionally I can catch a little noise but if I put these in correctly usually I can only hear my own heart beating and nothing else, which is bliss really! As I said before I tend to discard these after one use but on occasion I have used the carry case and put these earplugs inside the carry case with the left one and right one going in the case a specific way so I know which one is which. I have not had an ear infection in over a year now, despite having chronic problems for at least 18 months, so I must be doing something right. Officially I am not supposed to use earplugs and recently I have been able to almost eradicate my need to use them, but sometimes I just need a good nights sleep and the noise of other people is driving me mad. These earplugs allow me to get a good nights sleep, while feeling comfortable, and only on a couple of occasions have I woken up to find that these are out of my ears and in the bed. I would say that these stopped about 90-95% of external noise for me. There has scarcely ever been a time when I have put these in both ears and still been able to hear external noises. I am quite particular when placing these in my ear and if I feel that they haven't moulded to the shape of my ear fully I will remove one and reapply it until I am satisfied. This can mean, on occasion, that I place these in my ears two times but it is worth it for me to block out extra noise. I find them comfortable to sleep in, they are reasonably priced at around £2.40 and for me you just cannot put a price on a good nights sleep! The little carry case seems a little unnecessary but I have used it on a few occasions with good results and it does help to keep the earplugs clean if you are someone who wants to reuse them, however I don't do this really, unless I absolutely have none left in the house and don't want to go out and buy some that day! I am rating these 5/5 and feel that for foam earplugs they really are decent and worthy of the rating!
Sadly for me I've always been a very light sleeper. The slightest noise like a clock ticking can drive me insane so imagine if you will me moving into my dream flat a couple of years ago by the sea and drug dealers moving in right next door to me. Now cos there were loads of them coming and going and the place was where they dealt from never was it quiet in there, not for a minute. I was stuck in a tenancy I couldn't get of and couldn't afford to move at that point but the flat block I was in turned into a dirty, noisy and blood ridden place (yes blood because of the fighting) and next door to me was sheer bedlam. Not only could I not sleep I couldn't relax as a woman on my own and my family being was so far away at that time so i had no escape from it. It was made harder by me being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism which makes me tired, I suffer badly with M.E and a spine condition and I have to admit I was totally on my knees and exhausted. For the record I did try to talk to my neighbours but all that led to was me getting knocked spark out outside my flat and cut open though on that occasion I did get a few zzzz's lol. Eventually they moved out and all was quiet next door. I still didn't sleep though and then a couple with a baby who didn't get on moved in and I felt I was back to square one....and then I moved and thankfully now I'm in paradise, with peace and quiet at long last! The one thing that helped me and only just a bit was a variety of earplugs. I must have spent a fortune and I have to be honest I never found anything that solved the problem of noise for me! However I do think that no matter which ones I used I did always feel a bit more relaxed if that makes sense! These are Boot's own earplugs and I had a small variety at the time to choose from in store and in actual fact over the years I felt the need for this type of product I tried them all I think! The Packaging: These earplugs come in a dark green cardboard box with a picture of the earplugs on the front of it and we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and we are told that they are to help give noise reduction, that they are comfortable to wear and are hygienic and that there are 3 pairs in the box and then on the back of the box other information listed includes being told how to use them and contact details for Boots are given. The Earplugs: The earplugs are made of thick foam and are a beige in colour. They to me appear like bullets and are quite thick with a thicker end and are slightly dented to the middle of them. To use them all you do is mould them gently with your fingers and pop them in your ears and these are meant to help bear Traffic noise, Do-it-yourself activities, Road works and other peoples Snoring and I simply put them in just before going to bed. These are quite comfortable in and you can get them to fit into any sized eardrum I should think and I have to admit that like I have already mentioned they are quite comfortable though it takes time to get used to putting anything in your ears of course and they do help a bit with noise reduction, though they do not cut out all noise for me at all they did make things sound a bit more muffled and bearable You can reuse these till they look grubby and then they are easy to dispose of, of course but I got a few uses out of one pair which was good. All In All: These are not awful but if you think they are going to drown out loud noises then you are sadly wrong. For me these stopped me hearing little noises like a clock ticking though not someone shouting or loud base on tracks. They did help me relax a bit more though by the time I was getting up if I had slept at all the earplugs were always out of my ears and on the pillows! Only available from Boots and my pack of 3 in a little plastic carry case cost me £2.39 which I do think is excellent value for money! This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Boots Disposable Earplugs are okay but in my honest opinion they not the best earplugs we have ever used. They come in a cardboard box from Boots and inside the box is a little round flip top plastic container with one pair of plugs inside. In the box there are another two pairs of plus. I think the little container is handy though and soemthing to use if you want to take your earplugs with you on holiday to make sure you don't lose them. They say they block out all noise during the night and I suppose they probably do block out a lot but certainly not all of it in my view. I can still hear the dog barking outside and more often than not my other half's deep and heavy breathing (though not snoring they say). They are quite soft and spongy and the idea is that you mould them between your fingers and warm them up before you insert them into your ears. They go in fine but once they have been in for a few nights I find my ears do become a bit itchy and scratchy and they have also led me to get inner ear eczema, which is nasty and I had to have ear drops for this from my doctor. The doctor has told me not to use these as they are stopping the natural air flow during the night. If you are a restless sleeper these will be really no good at all for you as they do tend to fall our during the night when you twist and turn on your pillow and the following morning they end up on thee bedroom floor. Okay product but I have used every type of ear plug over the years and these are not the best in my opinion. Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead.
Every year when I go away on holiday with a friend I dread having to listen to her snore night after night! And I've tried so many earplugs in an attempt to drown out some of the snoring noise so that I can stay sane! Each box contains 3 pairs of disposable earplugs and costs around £3 (it doesn't take a genius to work out that that's £1 a pair) which at first glance seems very reasonable. The earplugs were made of foam and felt quite soft and squishy and I had no trouble fitting the earplugs in my ears. I basically squashed the tapered end of the ear plugs and fitted them into my ears one at a time. The ear plug would then expand, and in theory at least, mould to the shape of the inside of my ears - hence blocking noise from entering the ear canal. I found the earplugs to be quite comfortable and didn't cause any pain, even when using them for many hours at a time. However, unfortunately I found that the earplugs were fairly inefficient at reducing noise - or the sound of snoring anyway. They did very slightly dull the intensity of the sound but not to any extent that would have made a difference. Funnily enough though, at one point in the night there was a child crying in the distance which woke my friend - and yet I didn't hear anything. Therefore I think maybe the earplugs may be effective against dull background noise but not the type of noise which equates to a rocket shooting past your window!! Needless to say I did not try these earplugs again as they didn't fit my needs.
I decided to try these to see if they stopped me suffering ear pain whilst flying. I get severe ear pain when taking off and landing, and had been advised to try some ear plugs to see if they helped at all. I bought these boots ear plugs for £2.50 and they came in a pack of three, which i thought was pretty cheap. These claimed to be soft, comfortable and effective at reducing noise. Well i dont know if these ear plugs are any good at reducing noise as i couldnt even fit them in my ears! They were too big and i could not put them in, it was too painful as they were not soft at all, you could not reshape them. They are made of foam so you should be able to mould them to fit properly, but they were too hard. I did manage to get them in once but it was hurting too much and they kept falling out so i gave up with them. I was really disappointed with these ear plugs, £2.50 completely wasted! If i had managed to keep them in my ears, and they were comfortable these would have been a bargain for 3 pairs. These ones are disposable but you can get them for the same price, which you can just wash and reuse them over and over again. If you manage to keep these in, they can also be used for swimming, sleeping and working. This year when i go away, i think i will invest a bit more money on a more decent pair of ear plugs, usually boots own brand products i am generally impressed with, but these just didnt work for me. I would not recommend these, they certainly are not soft, comfortable and i have no idea if they are effective in reducing noise as they were impossible to wear!
Having been on the move a lot over the last 10 years or so I've become something of a connesuir in earplugs. In fact I don't go for the shortest break without a pair of earplugs, because you never know when you need them. These soft disposable foam earplugs from boots I have bought twice and used on a number of occasions. There are six in a packet and they are relatively long and and large and quite effective in cancelling out noise. Unfortunately thats where the positives end, they are uncomfortable in the ear, so much so that you might prefer to put up with a bit of noise than the discomfort they cause you that could prevent you from sleeping. Alternatively you might sleep well but wake up in the morning realising that your ear canals are very slightly sore. You also have to be careful when taking them out because they seem to get lodged in your canals! In my opinion this is mainly due to the fact that they are quite large, dense and are not very flexible. I would say that the title is a bit misleading on this as they are not soft in the way that other earplugs sold by boots (the yellow ones, I forget what they are called) are. They are disposable and the chances are that you will be all too happy to dispose of them. There are plenty of better earplugs out there, my advice to you is to avoid these as I do. The packaging of the yellow ones I mentioned is similar but the clue is in the colour - stay away from the orange ones!
Boots soft disposable foam earplugs are longish orange colored plugs and there are 6 per pack. To use, roll up and insert into your ears, but take care not to insert too deep as these ones are longer than the average earplug you find on sale. While they are excellent at blocking out noise, they are meant to be single-use only, though you can re-use them (wash or no wash) once or twice before the noise penetrates too audibly. Do note that doing so is a risk you take for an ear infection, but in my year of using them, I've not had any issues as long as you store them in a clean and dry place. One thing you'll note with these particular earplugs is that when you take them out in the morning, you must be careful not to pull them out quickly, but gently twist them to remove. Otherwise, you'll experience some degree of pain as they become rather dry overnight and stick to your ears. The RRP on this product is usually in the high 2s, but for Christmas, the price is currently down to 1.99. While overall I prefer clearly re-ussable earplugs, these ones are truly heavy duty.