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How to Wear Earplugs in Any Environment

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 11:19:58 AM Australia/Melbourne

How to Wear Earplugs in Any EnvironmentEarplugs are a foundational part of audiology. They’ve been around for centuries in one form or another, and are still a necessity for many today. The applications are endless. If you have a partner who snores, earplugs can be the key ingredient to ensure that you still get a good night’s sleep. If you are taking an infant or a toddler to a loud event, like a concert or athletic event, these small earplugs may be the difference between you going and needing to head back home. But for something so integral to our enjoyment of life, earplugs get a bit of a stigma, and raise a lot of questions. Where is it acceptable to wear them? Where do you come off as rude if you put them in? Luckily for you, Hearlink is on the case. Today, we talk through how to wear earplugs in any environment.

 

First of all, let’s cover off some basics. How do they work? When you insert the small devices into your ears, (they take many shapes and forms) they block out noise of different levels, whether it’s just disruptive or potentially dangerous. The biggest question as you’re trying to pick out earplugs is just how much noise reduction you need, to make your life comfortable. Luckily, there’s a metric that you can reference- the noise reduction rating or the NRR. NRR ranges from 21 to 33 decibels.

 

Now, let’s look at some scenarios. If you work in an industrial environment, earplugs may be mandated for you by your management. These would have the highest NRR, as close to 33 decibels as possible.

 

Let’s say that you’re a recreational concert goer, and are looking for a standard but strong hearing aid. Look for ones made of foam. They compress as they’re inserted into your ear, and then they expand so that they feel comfortable. You can also check out earplugs, which are made of silicone. These create a barrier around the outside of your ear, so that no disruptive or dangerous noise can penetrate. The best part about either of these? They’re disposable, so if they go missing after that great night of entertainment, you don’t need to worry too much.

 

Earlier we mentioned hearing aids which are designed to block out snoring or noise at night. This scenario actually benefits from a custom earplug. The reasoning is that though you want to block out snoring or sniffling, you still want to be able to hear your alarm clock first thing in the morning or your phone if an emergency arises. Though you can’t really test out the other models of earplugs, these you can - so that they’re used properly. Lay on your side with an earplug in, to make sure that they won’t interrupt your slumber.

 

Questions about any of the above? Feel free to reach out to the Hearlink team. We would love to help you find the earplugs that work the best for your needs.

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Hearlink Admin