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I don't always get to sleep early but that does not bother me as long as I do not wake up too early. Over the last couple of weeks or so there has been work being carried out to a number of houses whose gardens back on to ours and this has been causing a problem.
Although there are laws about the hours that can be worked a lot of the time they were beginning before 7 o clock. While that would not be a problem for a lot of people, I work from home a lot so often work until midnight or a little later and then get up around 8.30 to 9. I decided that rather than complain I would get some earplugs and see if I could deal with the problem myself.
I went to the local chemist so was not expecting a lot of choice but the ones they had were only £1.99 and I was assured would be good enough for the purpose I had for them so I bought them. I opened them as soon as I got home and despite them claiming that there were 2 pairs of 2 earplugs I got an extra one. There were 5 little yellow pieces of foam in the box along with a white, round plastic holder. They did not look to be very comfortable but only time would tell.
Time told. They were not comfortable. Rather than sleep in them I put them by the side of the bed until I was woken up by the building work. The first time I tried them I thought it could have been that I was still a little bit sleepy and had not done it correctly. A little later I tried again and still could not get them in so that they a) felt comfortable to use or b) stopped the noise keeping me awake.
The instructions are on the pack in English, Italian and German. You need to role the cylindrical piece of foam into a thinner cylinder and then put it into the ear. It is suggested that the ear is pulled forward and them once the plug is in place, it can be released and it will expand to fill the cavity. To remove they should be twisted gently and pulled out. The second time they did fit a little better but they still were not much of a barrier against the noise.
I have tried them a few times since then but have not had a great deal of success. On occasions I do seem to get them into a position that reduces the noise, but they are not a thing I would buy again. The box claims that they can be washed up to three times and I have washed a few of them once. They do not take too long to dry and have gone back to pretty much the shape they started.
I have given them 1 star as they did make it a little more peaceful on later attempts and it could be that I have not quite got the hang of putting them in exactly the right place. As the work has almost finished I will not need any more but in future if I do need ear plugs I will pay a little more and hopefully get a more effective product.
The ear plugs are made by 3M UK PLC based in Bracknell.
I am very surprised to find that nobody has yet reviewed the fabulous Earfit earplugs. Now, I don't use these earplugs for travelling as it states on the packet, but I do have good reason for them as you will come to learn......
::::: The product :::::
Earfit earplugs are a mid-range product designed to block or significantly reduce sound from external sources. I always buy them in packs of 6 pairs, but each pair will last far longer than one use and I go through no more than one pack every six months. The earplugs are an attractive bright yellow colour (so you don't notice any waxy build up on them- eugh!) and come in a white box with pictures on the front. The earplugs are in the classic cylindrical shape, rather than the more common tapered shape you see nowadays. I personally, from a comfort point of view, prefer the tapered earplugs, but you have to get the quality/comfort balance right when choosing aural protection.
::::: The Effect :::::
I usually use these earplugs when my mother plays her accordion (which she does for a few hours a day, it is her retirement hobby much to my dismay). The instrument is quite loud, and gives me a huge headache so I can't complete any of my reports necessary for my job. After finding she had no intention of giving up, I took the "if you can't beat them, join them" approach and took up accordion playing myself. Unfortunately, I began to suffer ear pain and have had to stop for some time now. I honestly miss with all my heart relaxing to play Piazolla's elegant tangos on my squeezebox.... But I believe that is for another review.
The only option I had, as I work from home, was to find some way of drowning the noise out. The first thing that came to mind was earplugs (after, of course, requesting my mother to stop but alas she tortures me with her musical skills). I came across Earfit earplugs on browsing the internet, finding them at a reasonable price on Amazon.com (which I will cover later). They arrived promptly through the post, and on receiving them I read the instructions and rolled them between my fingers to soften them up before inserting them in to my ears. The effect was immediately noticeable. My mother's playing became nothing more than a distant hum, although I must admit it is quite disconcerting hearing the sounds of your own blood rushing about your head while you have the plugs inserted.
I have been using the plugs daily ever since, and have never had any complaints, apart from the occasional bought of waxy build up due to overuse.
::::: The Price:::::
I purchased my earplugs for £9.99 from Amazon.com. They are not the cheapest earplugs around, but probably the most effective at this price (especially if they can drown out my mother's constant accordion playing!). As another plus, they last a very long time so it's not as if you will have to keep buying replacement packets.
::::: My Opinions :::::
I would recommend this product to anybody with an overzealous mother, or simply anybody who just needs a bit of peace and quiet. I've tried sleeping with the earplugs in as well, and as they fit snugly in to the ear canal there are not problems or discomfort caused by sleeping on your side. An all-round winner I'd say!
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I have been buying Earfit earplugs for many years, and they are definately a favourite of both myself and my husband. They usually guarantee a peaceful night's sleep, blocking out most sounds, and are comfortable to use. However, I have lost count of the times that an odd number (usually 5) appears in a pack of six. At a cost of £3.19p per pack at the local Boots, this represents a loss of 53p but worse than that, we are frequently left with an odd earplug, and have to wait until we buy the next pack before we can marry it up with a partner. Are Earfit perchance catering for Davy Crockett - he of the right ear, left ear and wild front ear????
Recently I went on a holiday to Ibiza. Of course being young, I wanted to experience the Ibiza nightlife to the full, but I also wanted time to relax!
We went to a really nice 4 star hotel in San Antonio bay, and the entertainment was good. Unfortunately however, we were on the bottom floor and had a room a few metres from the stage where a disco/entertainment occurred at 10am and 9.30pm. We arrived at the hotel the day of travel, about 12 in the afternoon, but travelling since 2am UK time we were knackered! It was unbearable trying to get to sleep while such a loud riot was happening merely metres away.
Fortunately, I was prepared! My mum had been harassing me for ages to consider getting earplugs before I go on holiday, as she warned me this situation would happen. I bought these earplugs pictured for a random price of £2.03 off amazon (not including delivery however!). I didn't have high expectations as I knew for the price, I probably wouldn't be guaranteed much. But they worked! Whosever idea it was to have a disco at 10am in the morning in Ibiza, I could slap them. But with these earplugs it didn't matter. I'm not a heavy sleeper anyway, but somehow through the noise and disruption, I did manage to sleep!
The earplugs work by squeezing them into a thin long shape and then pushing them into your ear holes. At first I didn't think they made a difference, but you have to be patient, it takes a while. Once they're in your ears, they then slowly expand, forming against the natural shape of your inner ears. I can't give you an exact time, but I'd roughly say it took about 10 minutes for the earplugs to fully expand for the highest potential.
I wouldn't say they blocked completely all sound, I could still hear the murmur of vibrations coming from the fun-filled disco outside. But in the end, I managed to sleep, which was all that matters. As for the 'comfort' side of these foam earplugs, I wouldn't say it meets their claim. I found it rather uncomfortable having these in my ears and if I laid on my side, it put quite a lot of pressure on my ears and hurt a little. I had to sleep facing upwards which I don't usually do, so from this perspective this was a downside.
Overall though, for the price I was pleasantly surprised by how much sound these managed to block. I definitely recommend them. The worst thing possible is to have a hangover in the morning with a deathly disco blasting out at 10am. These earplugs made it bearable!
I give these 4.5/5 overall. I would give them 5 except they didn't meet the claim of being 'comfortable'.
When I am studying I find even the slightest noises can impede on my concentration. Even sounds that ordinarily wouldn't bother me, such as a distant lawnmower or roar of a plane overhead can make me irritable. For this reason I usually keep a packet of earplugs somewhere nearby, and having experimented with a few different types, I would always opt for the foam-based variety.
Earfit earplugs come in a pack of two pairs. This is very useful, because it means that if you lose a single earplug you can just use one from the other set. The earplugs are a garish yellow in appearance, which makes them easy to find if you drop one on the carpet or down the back of a dresser. They are straight-edged, with a cylindrical 'neck' for easy insertion into your ears.
To use the earplugs you simply twist them lengthways then insert them into your ears before the foam re-expands. I have found that the earplugs do not re-expand as quickly as some others do, so you have ample time to position them before they return to their usual size. They are also comfortable to wear, as the foam is malleable and will expand to fit the shape of your ear canal. I personally enjoy the gentle sound of the foam expanding, and the peacefulness that follows it is very satisfying. I purchased a pack of Earfit earplugs from Lloyds pharmacy for £1.99. They are also available online from the following sources:
£1.99 from mistrys.co.uk
£2.00 from pharmacyplace.co.uk
£2.20 from travelpharm.com
The one downside of these earplugs is the fact that they are flat edged, rather than round edged. I have found that this means they do not block out noise as effectively as some other earplugs do. However, for the price and comfort they offer I would happily purchase another set in the future.
I have tried these a few years ago, there are a twin pack and I bought them from Superdrug at a value price of £1.99 and I thought I would try them to see what I thought about them, considering they were only cheap I did not have anything to lose.
The head is very spongy and light and it does not hurt the ears, although I have ear problems these did not hurt in any way.
They I felt did not fit correctly in my ears, the entrance to my ears are quite small and although these are not very large I found they kept falling out alot, but they are designed for a variation of ear sizes and I found they were not suitable for me.
I thought, as it says in the instructions that they keep out sounds but they did not in my case, I tried them because my husband snores, as lots of partners do, and thought for the price I may get a better nights sleep, but I did not because they kept falling out when I turned over.
They kind of kept the sound out to some degree but not very effectively, when I put them in I could still hear things, although just a muffled noise but although I did not think for a minute they would completely remove noise, I did think they would be better than they were, but for the cheap price, I do think they probably would be worth a try.
They are about the size of a one pence piece and soft and foam like material, which if you press it, it springs back just a little bit.
These are maybe good for night flights or sleeping in the car and maybe work good in noise enviroments such as factories etc and I would not think they were suitable for children, although I have not tried these with a child and cannot comment on that, I would think they were too big for their ears, maybe an older teenager may benefit from these if on a flight also.
These were not suitable for my ears at the time but helped keep out a little noise.
For the price they are worth a try as your ears may be more suitable.
I am now deaf in one ear so I do not need these anymore.
As a light sleeper, I have become completely addicted to foam earplugs over the past few years, and now depend on them for a good night's sleep. I've usually a dedicated user of Boots Foam Earplugs, as you'll see if you stumbled across the review I wrote of them a while back. But lately, the quality of my favourites has been greatly compromised (Boots assures me this is a blip, so I won't be updating my review just yet!) and I have been forced to look around for something more soundproof.
The only other plugs on the shelf that seemed to fit the bill were these earfit ones. At £2.99 for just 2 pairs, they were considerably pricier than my usuals, but I figured it was a small price to pay for a good night's sleep, so I bought them.
Opening the box, I was delighted to see that there were in fact three pairs inside- a mistake, I'm sure, as the box clearly said 2, but a welcome one nonetheless! The earplugs were yellow and made of a good, thick foam that stayed compressed when I pushed it. I find this type of foam to be great at soundproofing, so I was really pleased. They also come with a white, plastic pot to store them in and keep them clean.
To insert these, you roll each between your fingers till their shape is long and thin, then press into your ear canal. Hold the plug in place as it expands to fill the canal, and you will hear the noise around you fading away. The plugs are a good length- not so long as to be uncomfortable, but long enough to block out noise effectively.
At first, I was delighted with these plugs- they felt comfortable and blocked out all but the loudest noises. However, unlike the foam earplugs I usually use, I found that after taking them out, they retained their long, thin shape and by the time I came to insert them the next night, they still hadn't plumped back up. This meant that they were very uncomfortable to reinsert, as the foam was very compact and almost hard. It was like trying to fit a solid object into my sensitive ear canal- not a good feeling.
These earplugs can be washed up to 3 times, meaning that each pair can last a good few weeks, but I found that after washing they lost something of their effectiveness so had to be replaced.
Despite a promising start, these were so uncomfortable to use that I soon found myself looking for other options. Whilst they are great for one off usage, I can't recommend them as a long term option, and will happily return to my usual brand if Boots manages to sort them out!
Earfit Earplugs are one of the most effective ways for noise reductionwhen sleeping, working or travelling / Earfit Ear Plugs understands justhow important a good night sleep is to us, which is why they havedesigned their ear plugs to provide us with maximum comfort whilst atthe same time reducing all noise that may surround us as we are tryingto get a good night sleep / Earfit Ear Plugs will slowly roll andcompress into a very thin, crease-free cylinder which makes them perfectfor either storing at home to taking with you on your travels.