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      26.07.2013 09:40
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      the best ear plugs available

      I have used these Earfit plugs for over 10 years in 3 different places I have lived. I have also tried lots of others and have Bose noise reduction headphones. These Earfit plugs (when correctly placed inside the ear ) have come scored consistently high scores in independent audio tests and reviews world wide. The Noise reduction rating in decibels is given as NRR 27 by Audiocheck, this is the average over a wide range of frequency's. This means that you are protected by up to 27 decibels of sound which covers most normal levels such as tv, snoring, moderate music - but not loud bags alarms, screaming etc. I currently have a large cardboard box full that I bought off Ebay, you can buy 40 for 3.50 at the moment which Is a bargain I think. They are of course yellow and made of sponge, which is excellent at soundproofing. To put them in, you simply squeeze them then quickly push them in and wait for them to expand inside your ear, that is the secret to their success, other ear plugs just do not expand they stay the same. When they are in they have to stay in , if you remove them they will not be as effective when you put them back in again. They will still work, but the big powerful effect of blanking out all sound will be gone as they are really a use once item. I use them more than once though and keep those as 'secondary ear plugs' for moderate noise. I had a girlfriend who tried them a long time ago, when we were in a very noisy flat and she did not want them all the way inside her ears so they kept falling out and never worked properly, so she didn't sleep so neither did I despite my earplugs being in ! I don't think there is a moral or a lesson just that they do work but there is a knack to putting them in, and not everyone likes the 'underwater ' feeling you get of not hearing anything and sort of feeling numb. For a Friday or Saturday night when I like to sleep and everyone else likes to walk in and out all night shouting and fall down the stairs and get locked out, I put in a brand new pair of Earfit plugs around 10 pm. If you don't mind wearing them , I know some people just can't, then it is the only way to stay sane !

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      13.04.2013 22:24
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      I've tried lots of brands but these are my preferred choice

      I simply could not sleep unless I used earplugs. My husband laughs at me, but really, I am such a light sleeper that anything, even the wind will waken me during the night and then I find I cannot get back off again. Using ear plugs has its plus points but I can only use certain ones as a lot of them either fall out of my ears or worse, they make my ears both sore and very itchy during the night and then the following morning. I have actually been to see my doctor before about itchy ears and he said I had inner ear eczema. When I told him I use earplugs every single night, he gave me a bit of a telling off and told me to stop it as my ears need to 'breathe', apparently. I have tried the small orange pointed ones that Tesco sell, but I just hate the shape of these and they fall out quite soon after I've laid down so now I buy some from Amazon (with my Dooyoo miles!). I pay around £7 for 50 ear plugs and as they can be reused a few times then they do last me a good length of time. They also come in larger packs but last time I tried to order the larger pack Amazon had sold out. These little earplugs are perfect for my ears and they really do hold their own in terms of blocking noises and staying put in my ears once I've inserted them. They are a golden yellow in colour and about 3m in length and they are lovely and soft and spongy as they are made from high quality polymer foam. The trick with these earplugs is to gently mould them with your finger and thumb before trying to insert them into your ear. It's no good doing what I did when I first tried to use these, and just merrily jabbing them into your ear! If you do this then they are sure to pop right back out at you! I gently but firmly push the ends of an earplug together until it's moulded into a firm pointed flat shape and then gently push this into my ear whilst twisting it slightly at the same time. Once in place (especially when the earplug is really new) I can hear the foam inside my ears gently expanding so that it fills the whole of the ear and this is what prevents all noises. These is no way I can hear anything at all with these earplugs in, not the wind, not even my husband's gentle snoring. The only downside for me is that they are quite bulky and as they expand inside my ears they can leave them feeling quite sore and itchy the following morning. I rarely wake up in the morning, however, with no earplugs in at all, as they do stay put throughout the entire night. Overall, these are the best earplugs I've used to date (and believe me, I have tried loads). They are well worth the money and as they can be reused, they last for ages. Highly recommended.

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        07.04.2013 12:52
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        Not something I can recommend to people sadly!

        For a very long time I was sleep deprived. In my old flat I had a drug den right next door and then when they went a couple with a baby who regularly fell out and police were involved and he loved really looud base music to make things worse! For months and months I never really slept, mostly through noise but also if it ever did go quiet as a woman on my own I was always on edge of what was coming next. I went through set upon set of earplugs and I have to be honest when it came to the level of noise I was experiencing none helped all that much but I did find quality and fit varied wildly. I purchased these from Amazon though do Google for these if interested as I have never seen them on my travels in shops at all, though do keep your eyes peeled of course you may spot them! Now these are available in various sizes to purchase and I paid about £7.00 for 50 pairs on Amazon though they are also available in 10 pair, 20 and 250 pair options which all of course vary in price. They came to me in a box with a picture of the earplugs on the front of it it and I was told clearly what they are and who they are made by and that they are 3m earplugs and then on the side if the box diagrams were shown of how to use them and then on the back of the box we are told a bit about the earplugs and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated. Inside the box you get 25 individually paired sets of the earplugs in plastic packs which is handy for travel and so on and keeping them clean. The Earplugs: These earplugs are made from polymer foam which is bright yellow in colour and moisture resistant. They are reusable as well, just dispose of them when they get grotty looking. These are basically thick cylinder foam shaped earplugs and really very basic to look at with no fancy curves or anything like that, they are just like bullets really. They are easy to mould within your fingers and you simply pop them in and further mould them into your ear. I found these a bit tricky to get into my ears because as they are made from a foam that bounces back into shape pretty quickly which is great if they're set into the ear where you want them and once I mastered that art they felt ok but just a bit big really. These are meant to be suitable for a whole host of noise reduction, course I used mine to try and get some sleep however like I stated earlier they never really did that for me and they kept popping out, always by morning if I did get any sleep I didn't have earplugs in and I think that's largely down to the shape of them being so basic. They do muffle noises (when in) slightly and they are a cost effective option but I wouldn't buy them again to be honest, they just weren't good enough for what I needed at the time! This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        06.04.2013 16:13
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        Soft ear plugs that may work for you

        EAR Classic Soft Earplugs My husband and I travel quite a lot and one of the things that bothers me about plane travel is the loud engine hum that seems to permeate my entire body for days after a flight so I bought these in an effort to alleviate this problem. Other problems such as cramped seats would take a lottery win to solve so small things first I thought. When flying I always try to watch as many of the films as I can as this makes the time seem to go quicker but I tend to doze off and I also find the head phones they supply don't fit me so I end up having to hold them onto my ear in order to hear. Because of this irritation and the fact that I nod off half way through a film I tend to read after watching the first film and this is when I thought these ear plugs would be handy to drown out the engine hum. The idea with these is that they are fairly soft a bit like more flexible polystyrene and because they are soft and malleable you kind of squash them a bit then shove the part you have made thinner by rolling between your thumb and for finger, into your ears one at a time. As they expand back into shape they fill your ear hole leaving no gaps. You have to be quite speedy as they re expand quite quickly. They are comfortable as they are soft and they do stay in place if you get them in far enough - not too far though as you do need to get them out again. I have tried these numerous times and every time I have the same problem. They make a sort of slight crinkly sound and it echoes it my ear. A bit like when you are under water and I find it really disconcerting. I tried to get beyond noticing this but after about ten minutes I give up and suffer the plane engine noise as this is preferable to the strangle crinkly echo in my ears. The first time I tried these I bought them but since then I have had them given to me on planes so obviously I am not along in finding the noise annoying. These ear plugs are disposable but if you are only using them yourself and give them a wipe with anti bacterial stuff then you can re use them as they are pretty strong and will only need discarding if they look like they might break up or you feel they may not ne hygienic any longer. On the safety side I would be very careful to keep them away from babies and young children who are at the 'everything in my mouth ' stage as these are very chewable and if they broke a piece off them it would very nicely fill an airway and cause a suffocation problem as the material is designed to expand block. These are lethal in my view so please ensure you keep them out of the reach of young children. I have read that many people find these very good and will sleep at night wearing them but they were not for me at all I find them annoying and though comfortable enough I was constantly aware they were there and kept hearing my own body sounds of breathing and moving echoing in my ears so I decided not to bother taking them after trying about half a dozen times and finding them annoying. Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same username. ©Catsholiday

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          05.04.2013 23:59
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          Reasonable ear plugs from EAR.

          Until last year I never had a problem with noises bothering me. Then for some reason that all changed. I gradually started to notice my downstairs neighbours noise more and more. I spoke to them several times, to ask them to turn down music, then the bass on their stereo, to which they happily obliged. Then I had a conversation with them one night in the hall about how I could hear their footsteps (at least I believe it is footsteps) and they said that on one of the occasions I could hear them they weren't in. Now this is unusual as I know it isn't the neighbour that I share a floor, and hall, with as she was out at work five nights in a row and I could still hear the noise. Obviously I didn't want to keep knocking as the downstairs neighbours are pleasant and no-one likes to be a moaner! To try and combat this little problem I started to buy myself ear plugs. I have tried several different brands now, with mixed results, and the ones I have been using recently are these Ear classic earplugs. I paid £7.00 for 50 pairs from Amazon with free delivery, a price that is still available right now. Obviously not sleeping because of noise is an annoyance for me and this is the main reason that I decided to start buying and using earplugs. These ear plugs are single use to allow me to dispose of them after using them without worrying about transmitting any germs in to my ears. This is important for me as last year I suffered from a large bout of ear infections that just kept recurring. This was not due to using ear plugs, as I wasn't during this time, but was infact down to a problem with the water quality in my shower! I like single use ear plugs as I don't have to worry about keeping ear plugs somewhere clean and hygienic and instead I can just open a packet of two earplugs as and when needed and then throw them in the bin afterwards. These ear plugs are made from foam and they are bright yellow, as you can probably see from the picture. In order to get these ear plugs in my ear I just squeeze and roll the ear plugs, with clean hands of course, between two fingers, before inserting one ear plug in my ear and then pressing down on the end gently to ensure that the ear plug opens up in my ear and fills my ear cavity without coming out. The ear plugs will bounce back to their original shape and therefore close the gap in my ear blocking out most external sound. With regards to the sounds that I can hear this does block out my downstairs neighbour. Whether I can hear their banging or some other external noise outside my flat this is blocked out completely. I can still hold a conversation with my husband, albeit with him speaking a little louder than normal, and sometimes I can hear my own heartbeat if I am sitting there not talking or making any noise. I am still able to hear my television, by turning it up at least double the volume I would normally have it at, but if I am wanting to watch television desperately and yet block out outside noises I just put the subtitles on and read instead of listening. This isn't really an issue though as often I am putting these ear plugs in to allow me to sleep. I am still able to hear my alarm in the morning, if I need an alarm, and the ear plugs do not leave my ears hurting when I wake up, however I have found on 3 out of the last 10 or so occasions that my ear plugs have come out in the night. I am not necessarily losing both ear plugs on each occasion but at least one is coming out and on one of these occasions I was then woken up by a car alarm outside which was quite loud and no doubt wouldn't have been heard if the ear plugs had of stayed in. I am not sure if this is because I am pulling them out or because they are working their way free, however this hasn't happened with any other ear plugs that I can recall. Now I am giving these ear plugs 4 out of 5 stars. They are simple to use, simple to fit and they are comfortable to wear. They block out the external noises that annoy me but obviously they have fallen out a few times now which is an annoyance, to say the least, and on one occasion I only found one of the ear plugs the following afternoon when my cat was playing with it and chewing it - not nice!

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            30.01.2013 00:22
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            Worth the money, just be careful not to insert them too far.

            I love my boyfriend very much, but there is no denying that he has one incredibly annoying habit - he snores very loudly. Now, I know it's something he can't help, but it doesn't stop me from occasionally wanting to beat him into a pulp with a blunt object. It was after a particularly long period that I decided it was time to invest in some earplugs. Given that it was 5 in the morning when I made my purchase, I just went for the first option I saw on Amazon, which was 50 pairs of these for £7.96 with free delivery. These earplugs are essentially made of a yellow foam, and are perfectly cylindrical in shape, and maybe 2 cm long. The foam is quite soft and can be squeezed to be narrower for insertion in the ear. The foam is designed to be 'slow recovery' meaning that once you've inserted the squeezed and narrow end into your ear, they slowly expand back towards their original size, essentially sealing themselves in and ensuring sound is evenly blocked out. They felt a little strange at first - although they did tone my boyfriends snoring down to little more than a hum, I found that if I lay with my head on it's side, it seemed I could hear the blood rushing around in my head, which took a little getting used to. The feeling of fullness was also unusual at first, although after a while I began not only to find wearing these incredibly comfortable to wear and sleep in, but also wonderful for getting myself a little peace and quiet during the day when I needed it, for concentrating on a book for example. They also work very well on blocking out the noise of powertools, as I found out when the council came to refit our bathroom (perfect timing, right before we move house!) I was gladdened to find that whilst they did reduce noise from snoring/music/conversation to such a low level that I could ignore and sleep through it, they didn't prevent me from hearing the alarm in the morning on the rare occasions I had to wake up early, or from hearing the telephone. These earplugs are designed to be single use, which make sense for hygiene purposes, They do spring back into shape over the course of the day so you could perhaps re-use them if you wished to, but with them being so inexpensive it seems more sensible and hygienic to use a new pair each night. There is one downside to these earplugs though, and that is the lack of tapered end to stop[ these going in too deeply and getting stuck. I did find that on occasion these could be hard to remove, which has led to me switching to a brand with a different design that I know will not get stuck. Overall though, I would certainly recommend these if you're having problems sleeping and if you are careful not to insert them too deeply. They are very cheap, offer good value for money, and more importantly, for quite some time it was only these earplugs that helped me get a good nights sleep.

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            08.07.2012 09:36
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            A great way to ensure not being kept awake through snoring!

            With my wifes snoring starting to become an increasing problem and with no spare room in my house, I was left with only two options in order to get a god nights sleep; either sleep on our sofa (way to small for my length being quite tall) or invest in some ear-plugs. I settled for the latter. Having heard mixed reports about the effectivness of such products, I was unwilling to part with almost £30 for 250 pairs, which to me seemed an excessive amount, and so purchased just 50 pairs for £7.99 from Amazon. And I must say they seem to have addressed the problem! Constructured of a soft foam, these ear-plugs are fairly malleable and fit most sized ears adequately. Whilst they don't block out all noise (so you can still hear your alarm in the morning one supposes) they do muffle it suitably so it becomes less of an annoyance. It does take a bit of getting usd to having a foreign body permanently in your ear and the first time I used them I woke up not remembering I had put them in which was fun, but after a few go's you soon get used to them! These ear-plugs are designed for one use only and then to be disposed of but, following another reviewers advice, I think in future I will start washing them, allowing them to dry and re-using because otherwise this could be an excessive expense if I have to keep buying more! Still they DO work and now a good nights sleep is finally within my reach! One thing though...when searching on Amazon, bizarrely these are listed under toys and games? A bit strange that so if you do search for them, you had best leave it as search all categories in the search box! This is obviously a mistake but a n umber of reviewers on Amazon have mentioned this and yet there has been no change of category as yet......

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            01.06.2012 21:26
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            Fairly good

            Ah, God bless the bloke who invented these earplugs is all I can say. Married for 21 years now, I have had to suffer the ghastly unbearable din of my dear other half's nocturnal ruckas every single night of my married life. I've tried all sorts but nothing works - even bribery, but poor thing, she just can't seem to help herself. Even the little lad is waking in the middle of the night and coming into our room asking me to get his mum to stop making a noise. Short of putting a pillow over her head, I was at a complete loss as to what to do. I invested in some great earplugs from the Internet and they are EAR Classic Soft Earplugs. I paid £7 for a large sized pack of fifty. Fifty pairs might seem like a lot at first, but when you consider these are designed for single use, then it doesn't look so impressive. Having said that though, I never chuck them away after just the one time, that's such a waste. I tend to use them several times and I have even resorted to washing them on a gentle wash inside the pillowcases and I dry them all out in the sunshine outside on the kitchen windowsill. They are fine and soon bounce back into shape once fully dried. They are quite soft and malleable and fit nicely inside my ears. I wait a bit for them to expand and then they fill the entire ear and muffle most (I say most) of the sounds. They are good, but they are not perfect. I am finding I am getting a better night's sleep but not a great one and I am still finding I am having to get up in the night and move into the spare room or crawl in with the little lad and shut the door behind me, just so we can both get some decent shut eye. The doctor says the problem is connected to my wife's weight. She is colossal so I don't think this is helping her breathing at all. Suggesting a diet will result in a tirade of abuse for me so unfortunately I will have to continue with the EAR Earplugs for now. They are good overall, but don't drown out ALL loud noises.

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              12.02.2012 11:21
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              A multitude of uses for anyone who finds themselves surrounded by noisy people!

              We own a motorhome and travel all over with it. We have stayed in a variety of places, both here and abroad. The most atmospheric trips are when we visit motorcycling events and stay at the campsite at the tracks. Imagine hundreds of motorcycle fans having watched an exciting day's racing, heading back to their motorhomes, caravans, tents, piles of beer cans or open-air sofas. They crack out the barbecue, down a few (dozen) gallons of alcohol and proceed to spend the evening (and most of the night) playing loud music, even louder card games and revving the engine of their own motorbike to show the rest of the campsite inhabitants that "Mine is louder than yours!" These ear plugs are fantastic to take along to such events. They are so soft and pliable, it's simple to insert them into your ears. They seal out all the noise from the "on-site entertainment" and allow us to get a decent night's sleep, ready for the racing the following day. I find it takes only a couple of minutes to get used to the feel of the plugs and then it's off to the land of nod. I find that setting my phone alarm to ring and vibrate and then placing it under my pillow is helpful the next morning! They are individually packaged in pairs, so they are handy to pop in a pocket, bag, even bedside cabinet. I have also found them useful when neighbours have had summer parties and it's been too hot to close the windows. They drown out the road noise when motorcycling, avoiding that feeling of disorientation when removing a crash helmet. So many uses!

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              26.11.2011 19:13
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              Well designed product that will keep most people happy that are light sleepers.

              I rarely have a good nights sleep. This is mainly due to not being tired enough to rest, I am always on the go but never tired. I know it isn't healthy to get little sleep, but I have tried a number of things without success. I have tried sleeping tablets with a modicum of success. Earplugs are the only other measure I have taken to try to combat sleep deprivation. The EAR Classic Soft Earplugs are available from the www.Amazon.co.uk website. I paid around £8 for 50 individually packaged pairs. As they are single use it is important to remember they need to be disposed off after use, so 50 pairs isn't really a great deal when you think about it. I think the price is also reasonable considering I am getting 50 nights of peaceful sleep. As the earplugs are made from squidgy foam it does seem possibly you could use them more than once, but I wouldn't bother as they can get quite mucky and coated in wax, so for hygiene reasons alone I would discourage this. The foam material is yellow and it has a memory foam type construction. I simply roll the foam earplugs between two fingers and then place them in my ears one by one. As they expand into their original shape they create a seal to block the external sound out and fit comfortably in my ears. Not all sound is eliminated, but I would probably feel uneasy with total noise isolation. What if a fire alarm goes off? What about your alarm clock?! I think the sound reduction is reasonable and overall I have no complaints on quality, price, or effectiveness. The results meant that I can manage to sleep better with them in. The only niggle for me is that occassionally they can fall out during my sleep. I usually wake up having put them in my ears to find at least one of them has found its way out. If they fitted more securely then I would have to award full marks, but for this slight letdown I am still happy to give 4 stars.

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                It's a shame that they don't stay in place.

                Every six months or so, I go away on holiday with a friend of mine.....which is great apart from one major factor which is the blight of my life when I'm away......and that is that my friend snores! When I say "snores" I mean that, from the moment she goes to sleep, the quiet ambiance of the bedroom is transformed into a rumbling tempest of grumbling hellish noise - and my chance of sleep goes to zero. It has been the source of many an argument between us and I think I have tried out every possible ear plug on the market in my bid to find something to help my sanity. Luckily, over the last 12 months, she has finally (after years and years of me telling to get herself tested) been diagnosed with sleep apnoea and now she has a CPAP machine which.....hallelujah......has stopped the snoring and undoubtedly prevented many arguments! One of the first earplugs I tried was the EAR Classic Soft Earplugs which are probably the most basic ones I have tried. Because they are single use, I always bought them in bulk - and remember paying about £30 from Amazon for a bag containing 250 of these ear plugs. The cost didn't strike me as unreasonable as, in theory, this bag provided enough for 125 nights sleep - or 24p per pair of earplugs per night. Although you could probably use the earplugs more than once, because they are foamy, they seem to get grubby / waxy very quickly and so just from a hygiene point of view I think once really is enough. As I said, these earplugs are made from a yellow foam and feel soft and squidgy. In order to use them, I rolled them between my thumb and index finger to make the foam structure smaller so that it can be placed into my ear hole in a downward motion. Obviously, the theory is that once the foam is within the ear canal, the foam will then expand back to its former size and therefore block the ear canal and stop sound (or in my case hideous snoring!) from entering. When the ear plug is in my ear, it does feel quite comfortable as the pressure feels minimal. As well as this, and perhaps more importantly, sounds are very muffled. I would say that if the pre-ear plug sound was a 10, once you have these earplugs in, the sound reduces to a 4. That type of reduction can make the difference between sleep and no sleep - particularly if I got to sleep before she did! However, where the ear plugs really do let themselves down is because many times I have woken up in the middle of the night to find the ear plug has fallen out of my ear and been lost in the bed - and I'm been assaulted with hideous snoring once again! It's a real shame because if the ear plugs stayed in place then this would be a really great product. However, I would say that about 80% of the time, the ear plugs do fall out - and hence they fail to block noise! Overall, these earplugs do work well to block noise, but they just don't don't stay in place and hence I really can't recommend them!

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                  I'm living in a student flat at the minute which is shared, and i'm not one of those people who can sleep through anything; the slightest noise wakes me up and as i'm a busy student and work part time, i need my sleep! I decided after several incedents of people partying, talking, snoring and fighting throughout the night, to invest in some earplugs because quite honestly it was beginning to drive me insane. I decided on the EAR Classic Soft Earplugs as they seemed good quality, and a decent price - i paid a reasonable £22 for 250 packets - each packet containing one pair of ear plugs. The earplugs are pretty big in reality - not as tiny as they seem in the picture, but apart from that they're identical to the picture. The plugs are made out of a soft, squidgy-but-firm pvc foam and are simple to use - you simply mould them into a slightly longer, thinner cylindar shape (as long or thin as you desire) and insert one into each ear as far as you need to. There's no discomfort or itchiness and i soon got used to them, they block out a majority of sound and act just like a finger would in your ear but are ofcourse much more comfier. The fact that the earplugs are bright yellow means that if they do come out during the night they're easy to find come morning. The earplugs aren't flammable and are moisture resistent, making them that bit more hygienic. Overall i'd reccomend them if you're after some high quality, comfy earplugs to help you sleep.

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                    25.04.2011 12:29
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                    cheap and cheerful

                    I live in a rural area and it is pretty quiet at night apart from the odd dog barking or a sheep making a baa noise it's quite peaceful and I sleep good but my eldest daughter lives in London and when I go to visit her I find it really hard to sleep with the noise of the traffic and the city background noise seems to come alive at night. So, when I go to visit her I pack my ear plugs. These classic soft ear plugs can be bought from the chemist in packs of 250 and from from Amazon and will cost you £25 which is not bad considering you get lots of use out of the pack. I use the same ones more than once so the pack does last a long time. Up to three times before I throw them away. They have to be kept seperate from each other when you take them out as you cannot swap them around in your ears, it isn't hygenic. If you use one in the right ear it has to go back in the right ear the night after not the left, otherwise you risk ear infections. The ear plugs are made of a foam like substance which shrinks really quickly when you squeeze it, then it opens up again when you release it. The idea is to roll the ear plug in your finger until it's small enough to fit in your ear, then give it a minute to unfold to the shape of your ear and this then blocks out the sound. Repeat this action for the other ear and you will be able to hear ...... hardly anything, everything is very muffled. they work a treat. Sometimes you can hear your pulse or blood pressure in your ears when you first put them in and they do take a few minutes to get used to as you can feel the ear is blocked up with them, but you soon get used to the feeling of them. As for working well, I always get a good nights sleep when I'm away from home and using these. they stop all the outside noise getting to me and I can relax and sleep deeply. I would recommend them if you have trouble light sleeping or are with a partner that snores as they really do muffle the noise, the only thing is you many sleep in if you can't hear your alarm clock, but so far I've been alright with this as I use my mobile phone and put it under my pillow on vibrate so I can feel it going off. If you haven't tried these then they are worth thhinking about, although they are not recommended for small children to use and you can't share a pair with anyone each pair has to be used individually and throw away when they get dirty.

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                    28.02.2011 21:55
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                    Classics - the simplest are the best

                    My husband snores. Unless you've been there, you won't understand the significance of this statement. It really is miserable when you are a light sleeper and you are constantly denied sleep. Thumping him only delayed the problem slightly, and gave him bruises. Anyway, it's not just him - the heating coming on early morning, the dog moving about in the night, rain or wind in the night - all these things and others were interrupting my sleep. Another solution was needed. It was recommended that I try earplugs so I did. I tried many. A lot of them simply didn't do the trick, or were uncomfortable but I persevered. It helped, but not completely. Then, when we were on a night flight, I was given a little flight pack which contained a pair of earplugs which I used. They worked so well for me that I kept the packet and looked them up when I got home. They were the E.A.R. classic earplugs. These earplugs, as you can see from the picture, are a very simple, cylindrical shaped foam plug. The consistency of the foam is just right - squishy and not too stiff but not too soft. The very soft ones just don't expand to fill your ear canal. Any stiffer and it would be too uncomfortable. To use them, you roll them between your thumb and forefinger until you have a very thin cylinder. Then insert them into your ear, the trick is to push them right in so you have to have rolled them thin enough to do this. They quite quickly then expand to fill the ear and the result is an almost total shut out of sound, just like when you put your finger in your ear to 'seal off' any incoming soundwaves. I find them comfortable, almost don't know they are there. I think the key reason for this is that they are shorter than a lot of the others I tried. The longer ones were too long and when I inserted them I found they tickled the inside of my ear - were they reaching my eardrum? The difference is incredible. I can now sleep at night - usually the whole night through, which is a phenomenon for me. The only problem is making my alarm clock loud enough so that I can hear it to wake me up! I'm also not wild about being effectively sealed off from the world while I sleep but, on balance, this sacrifice is worth the gain. Being able to sleep all night has a profound and wonderful effect on daily life. I buy the earplugs in a box of 250 packs with a pair in each pack. The box costs me around £25 and easily lasts me a couple of years. They are disposable but I re-use them, I get about 5 or 6 uses out of each pair. So that's at most 3p per night. Worth every penny. I believe that these are the best selling earplugs around. I'm really not surprised.

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