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It’s a great thing that more people are trying to conserve their hearing in the past few years and you can see it on how the market forear plugs is growing larger every year and projected to be a billion dollar market by the year 2025.
There are mainly for types of hearing protection but there are more to choose from nowadays.
I personally tried different types and different brands of ear plugs the past few years. I have been diagnosed with Hyperacusis (noise sensitivity) and that’s been the reason why I use ear plugs on the daily. It’s been a very hard journey for me and I just want to help people what’s best for them.
Here are 5 things that you should consider to get the best ear plugs that you’ve been looking for.
Know what you’ll use them for
You basically use earplugs to protect your ears from loud noises, the intrusion of water, foreign bodies, dust or excessive wind, so you should first know what the best type of ear plugs to get depending on the activity that you’re planning to do.
If you’re planning to buy one for motorcycle riding then you should buy one that’s best for that activity. Ear plugs have different NRR (Noise Reduction Ratings) so you should really get a pair that best suits your lifestyle and activities.
Set your budget
You can buy ear plugs for around less than $10 per 50 pairs up to more than $1,000 per a pair. This is a very tricky one because we all know we shouldn’t base the quality of a product based only to its price tag.
Some people choose to use the cheap ones and some people choose to use the expensive ones.
For me, it’s best to set a budget.
For example, when I decided to go on this ear plugs buying and testing journey, I told myself that I will not buy anything worth more than $200 and that helped a lot.
Know what materials they are made of
Well, this is something that is very important. Make sure that you know what materials are used to make the ear plugs that you’re planning to buy.
Knowing the materials used to make the ear plugs can give you an idea of how its quality is. You should also make sure you’re not allergic to anything that it’s made out of.
My sister once bought a pair of flanged silicone ear plugs and it made her ear canals swollen. She forgot that she’s allergic to silicone and decided to buy them anyway. She now only uses foamies just to make sure she doesn’t get her ear canals swollen again.
Check for online reviews
This is something I always do before purchasing anything. I look for positive reviews and negative reviews. I read them all before I decide to buy a product. People with similar conditions as you are may find a pair of ear plugs that suits them well and sometimes you should go and get a pair just like that.
These product reviews can really help a lot and you should really do check them just to make sure that you’re investing your money in something that’s of worth.
How comfortable they are to wear
This is something only you can tell. That’s the reason why people spend money just to find out what’s best for them. We all want to buy the best earplugs that fit us great.
Not too tight, not too loose but just the exact fit that makes the product more effective in what it’s supposed to do. This is why people buy custom-molded earplugs. They want to wear earplugs that can give them maximum comfort while doing their activities. It’s all a matter of preference in my opinion.
Some people may like their earplugs tightly covering their ears and some may not. So just try them all and find something that fits you well and something that’s comfortable to use.
I hope this helps you find the best custom ear plugs you can get and hopefully more people use hearing protection to conserve their hearing. Good luck on your hearing conservation journey and please, spread the word about it.