Product Type: EAR in Health Misc
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EAR Classic Soft Earplugs
Member Name: thehonesttruth
EAR Classic Soft Earplugs
Advantages: Cheap, comfortable, and do the job.
Disadvantages: Sometimes tricky to remove, which has led to me changing brands
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.
Summary: Worth the money, just be careful not to insert them too far.