“ Brand: Quies / Type: Ear care „
I live in London, and am very lucky in that I live in a shared house belonging to one of my friends from university, so pay a comparatively low rent (though I do have the smallest room!) and didn't have to pay a deposit when I moved in. There are some downsides, however, to living in a shared house - one being the noise.
I get on with all my housemates, some of whom are close friends, as a general rule, but last year the noise was growing to be a big issue for me. I live on the first floor and my room is directly above the living room (and below the bedroom of some other noisy housemates). Also, my room faces the back and my window is right above the balcony overlooking the garden, where my housemates frequently congregate to smoke and talk loudly. I am a light sleeper and find it very difficult to get to sleep in anything other than complete silence (or close enough). I also wake very easily at the slightest noise. My housemates are noisy by nature and are night owls, sometimes staying up until three or four in the morning, particularly at weekends. Sometimes I like to stay up and socialise with them, but sometimes I have plans (like going on a day trip or even going to work!) and don't want to be awake into the small hours.
One of my housemates (who has since moved out) had a SingStar game, and of all the noises guaranteed to keep me awake, terrible drunken singing is the worst. Once, I was kept awake until four in the morning by a particularly rowdy effort, then had to get up at eight to meet my auntie, who was staying for the weekend, and was completely exhausted all day.
I read Graygirl's review of these Quies earplugs and thought they sounded worth a try. I ordered a box from Amazon - they range in price from £4-£5 for 7 pairs - and they arrived shortly afterwards.
The earplugs come in a white plastic case. Each individual plug is made of wax and is wrapped in cotton wool to prevent them all sticking together. When I want to use a pair, I remove the cotton wool and squeeze the plug between my fingers to warm and soften it. I find that if I put them in my ear for a minute or two, this warms them up so that they are even more pliable and soft enough to completely mould to my ear.
The instructions state that you should only use each pair for one night, but I tend to keep mine and use them for several, until they look dirty and/or they lose their effectiveness. Each pair lasts around five nights before I need to throw them out. I don't use them every night, normally just once or twice a week.
I find these earplugs completely effective - properly inserted, they block out pretty much every sound. I stopped waking up in the night due to noise and I wasn't being kept awake going to sleep. This did wonders for my relations with my housemates, and helped me to feel much more rested, much less stressed and generally calmer and happier.
The earplugs feel very secure in my ear: occasionally they fall out overnight, but normally the noise has stopped by this time anyway. It doesn't happen often though.
I'm onto my second box of these now and I plan to purchase them again when I run out. My housemates seem to have calmed down a lot - the one with the SingStar game moved out and took it with him, and the others don't seem to make as much noise as they did. Still, these earplugs come in handy for those occasions when I want to sleep and everyone around me doesn't!
I highly recommend these earplugs and think they are fantastic. It's no exaggeration to say that I was seriously thinking about moving out of my house because of the noise issue, and these have solved the problem, which has saved me money and hassle!
I always keep a box of these in my bedside cabinet. My husband is a snorer, so if I need a night of unbroken sleep I rely on Quies. They are a bit more expensive than other brands, but I find the soft wax comfortable for my ears and they block out more sound than any other ear plugs I have tried. They are always on my holiday packing list and I use them on long haul flights too. With Quies in, I can hardly hear the sound of coughing, snoring or sneezing from other passangers in the cabin at night. I feel far less stressed knowing that I won't be kept awake all night, and won't be losing valuable sleep.
I first started using Quies earplugs about thirty years ago (they were called BQ then - possibly for 'Blessed Quiet'!), when I was married to a man whose snores shook the foundations. In the end I was so desperate for some sleep that my GP gave me a few nights worth of sleeping pills, just so that I could break the pattern of sleepless nights either dreading, or being woken up by, the awful noise. And she also recommended that I get some earplugs.
I've used them on and off pretty much since then, and although I've tried different products, I have remained faithful to the same brand. I am blessed with a second husband who snores only occasionally, but I am still glad to have them on my bedside table.
If your partner snores, if you have noisy neighbours, live under a flight path, on a busy road , if there's a dog barking nearby (I think you get my drift), then I think you will love these little earplugs.
They are made from a natural wax - and no, it's nothing like the yukky stuff from inside your ears! It's a firm, pink wax which is protected by a coating of cotton wool, which you pull off before you use them. Hold each earplug in your (clean) fingers for a few moments to warm it up, then mould it into a suitable shape to slip into your outer ear. I find that forming a little 'cone' shape at one side of the earplug makes it easier to insert. They are comfortable to wear, and easy to remove. They tend to work themselves slightly loose during the night, which is no bad thing as you can wake up naturally and also hear your alarm clock. I've tried other brands and types of earplugs over the years, but always come back to Quies.
They are meant for single use only, and the instructions that come in the box recommend this, but I have found that I can get away with using them more than once.
I buy them from my independent local chemist (the only place I can find them in my town), for £3.22, but I know they are available from other chemists - especially online - for upwards of £2. There are 14 in each box, ie 7 pairs. Boots don't stock Quies as they make their own version (5 pairs for £2.49), but I find their version too big for me.
I find the wax earplugs much more comfortable, and more effective at cutting out sound, than the foam equivalent. And using them is a lot better for you than having to take sleeping pills!
Because this is a brand I've been loyal to for so many years, I would normally rate them as five stars, but I'm deducting a star because they're not as widely available as I would like.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
I have been using earplugs on and off for the last few years, mainly for my work, but I have also taken to wearing them at night when I have had trouble sleeping. I have tried numerous plugs from foam ones, which are pretty useless I think, to rubber ones and also these, which are made of pure wax. The idea of putting more wax into the ear might alarm some people, but fear not, because this type of wax is not going to drop off and get stuck in the ear canal!
The plugs come in packs of seven or fourteen and for hygiene reasons it is wise to replace them every so often. I guess you could rinse them lightly or dab them with a cloth to remove any residue. The idea of the plugs is that you mould them into the desired shape and insert into the ear canal. You will find that you will need to spend a while getting the fixture right for your own comfort. This took me quite a while to get grips with, as I was forever playing around with them to get the comfort levels right. After a little kneading you will find your niche and find that they fit effortlessly into the ear. Don't shove them too far in, as the plugs should provide nice little blocks for cutting out most of the outside sound.
In terms of eliminating sound, I found they dispel a lot of thuddy sounds and lower frequencies well. They are useful if you want to rest the ears from exposure to loud music and you can also use them on planes, which I have done to help with that hissy pressure feeling you get. On the downside, the idea of continually replacing these plugs is a pain and thus a set of plugs that can constantly be reused would be more appealing. They do work though, they are comfy enough and for about four pounds they are worth exploring.
There are times when you need to block out noise from the outside world for various reasons and there are lots of products that claim to be able to help with that. But can they really make any difference? Well having tried both foam and wax earplugs I can say that they do have some effect when worn correctly. But the foam plugs were more suited to me.
Quies Earplugs are made from 100% pure wax and are a slightly different way to block noise, than the usual foam based earplugs. In principle the idea of a natural wax based product is good. I found that Quies were less of an irritation as the wax plugs once softened and inserted, are kinder to your ear canal and cause less irritation than the foam plugs do.
The faults I find with them is that they don't block out sounds as well as the foam plugs do and you have to almost wrestle them into your ears to make them fit. Even with with a warm up of the wax plug first, then a bit of cunning ear waggling and manipulation of the wax itself they were hard to place correctly. They can also be awkward to extract in one piece when you try to remove them safely after use.
Having used the Quies Earplugs to block out noise from a heavy snorer and also when we were having building work done, which meant lots of heavy banging, crashing and drilling was going on for several weeks I feel I gave them a good road testing.
I found that its quite difficult to get a really good seal with the plugs unless you push the wax quite far into your ear. If the seal is not good then the sound proofing is the same and at times during the day, I resorted to just whacking on my ipod headphones and turning the volume up LOUD! Obviously this won't work well at night time if using the plugs to block out snorers!
The only way I could get a decent seal was to spend ages fiddling with the plugs and it meant that when I tried to remove the wax plug, I couldn't always remove the plug in one piece. I do think that when I did manage to get a good seal, which as I say was a bit hit and miss, the sound proofing was good. When I was wearing the plugs, I sometimes couldn't hear the builders asking for constant top ups or freshly made cuppas over the din they were making, which was a bit of a bonus really!
I bought the pack of Quies for £2.96 in the chemists and that got me a whole weeks worth of ear plugs. Each set can only be worn once as they are made of wax and once you have warmed and shaped them to fit the ear, then worn them for sometime and tried to get them out, they don't survive very well. Not only that, its not recommended that you re use them due to hygiene issues.
After I used my pack of Quies I wasn't tempted to buy more as I did worry that the plugs could easily leave traces of wax behind and the plugs were fiddly to install well. I have to say that the cost was a factor also.
In the end I bought some foam ear plugs to replace them and found them to give a much better seal when in use. Although they do feel a bit rougher to insert into my ears they achieve even better soundproofing results, work reasonably well with the anti snore test, blocked out the building noise quite well too and were much easier to take out when I was finished with them. Not only that I was able to re use them after cleaning them hygienically.
Over all I would say that Quies are a handy product if thats all your chemist have to offer and so are better than nothing, but I would recommend the foam plugs to you for the reasons specified above.
Having tried both the Quies wax plugs and foam based ear plugs, my rating for Quies is a fair but firm 3 stars, a set of equivalent foam plugs would get an extra star.
I have truly awful neighbours! Noisy and rude I hate both sides to be honest but on one side of my house I have a middle aged bloke who all he does is sit and play computer games with his stupid mates in the bedroom next to mine till 4am every morning. The problem is ok there is little noise and it's in the way of laughing and things to suddenly wake me up but the vibration from the console as well also heaps on to my issue.
My sleeping because of all this is really disturbed. Add to this then that he shuts and locks his back door at gone 4am by slamming it shut and then the girl the other side letting her dog out to have a pee early and it yapping like a nutcase at 6am..... not only have I struggled to go to sleep but I've struggled to stay that way too!
I'm permanently shattered. Even if everything is all quiet on the western front so to speak I still end up not sleeping which is becoming an awful nuisance because like I said I'm really knackered and struggling to function!
Recently however I was clearing out my mates house and she came across a couple of boxes of these things and at first I told her I didn't want them and then I thought well why not simply try them out not as it's not like I'm paying for them or anything anyway lol.
Oblong white plastic box and on the front there is a label and on that I'm told they are Quies Protective Auditive Earplugs 'Cire Naturelle - Pure Wax' and that there are 7 pairs of earplugs in the box and there is a picture of a woman on there asleep smiling!
Flip open the box and you are met with 14 very light pink wax unfragranced balls all individually and partially wrapped in cotton wool. It is a pain to get the wool off but it is do-able. The leaflet also in the box is a light blue colour and lots of information in there and is given in lots of different languages and included in the information is what they can be used for (any noise basically) and I'm told how to use them and that they can silence 27 db if used correctly.
So once the cotton wool is off the round piece of wax all you do is soften it slightly by rolling it in a hand/hands and it melts down to pliable. You then shape it a little and then put it into you ear where it expands and tries to get in comfortably. They don't hurt or anything like that and I do think these have a better feeling to them than foam earplugs or cotton wool.
If you can bare things in your ears these are for you but for me every time I rolled and pushed my ear into a pillow or something I felt something hard in my ear that didn't feel great. I did find them not to pop out of my ear though but cos I felt so weird with them in I never managed to sleep with them in anyway and I took them out of my own accord!
This type of thing doesn't suit me at all though I did find that no noise came through my ears whilst these were in however of course the vibrations could still be felt and they never helped my nerves let me sleep!
Like I say though if you can bare anything in your ears then these are seriously worth a go however the earplugs can only be used once and then need to be thrown away so economical?...not really!
Available in a wide variety of places costing about £3.80 (for 7 sets) and I found that price for these on Amazon but Boots stock them too so you do need to keep your eyes open for these and they are incredibly popular in France where they are made apparently!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.