Product Type: EAR in Health Misc
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EAR Classic Soft Earplugs
Member Name: kama0529
EAR Classic Soft Earplugs
Advantages: Do block noise when in place. Comfortable. Easy to insert. Disposable.
Disadvantages: Fall out in the middle of the night!
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!
Summary: It's a shame that they don't stay in place.
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