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How To Choose Earplugs

Updated on September 20, 2011

Because of the activity going on all around all of us as well as the increasingly loud conditions many of us see ourselves exposed to, safe guarding each of our ears is without a doubt very important. Earplugs are ordinarily chosen items for the large number of circumstances but particularly for sleeping and use by musicians. While relatively simple in their structure, proper usage of the appropriate kind of earplugs is essential.

Noise Reduction Rating

Earplugs' noise reduction rating (NRR) is probably the most crucial aspect that you should give consideration to. Measured in decibels (db), the very best earplugs currently have NRR's among 21 db to 33 db. This means you'd be capable of hear the volume of a ordinary conversation (60-70 db) as merely a whisper (30 db).

Deciding on a NRR rating completely depends on your use. If you need as much silence as possible, then the maximum rating of 33 db is suitable, but should you wish to, at least faintly, hear your alarm clock and various other important noises, a lower rating might be enough.

Shape of Earplugs

The tympanic bones of one's ears are the smallest bones of your entire body and they're extremely delicate. The shape of your earplugs is important, particularly if you make use of them more than occasionally. Incorrect insertion could potentially cause an infection not to mention considerable discomfort as a result of irritation of your temporomandibular joint. Custom fitted or molded earplugs are the best option to avoid this, however you will find that they can be quite expensive.

Composition of Earplugs

Earplugs are most frequently composed of foam; many feature memory foam. For the health of your ears, make sure you routinely clean and dry your earplugs, having said that, foam naturally expands and changes shape if exposed to water, which means you will need to get rid of them after only a few uses. They also contain phthalate, an unofficial carcinogen. Though phthalate-containing earplugs haven't proven harmful, silicone earplugs have become ever more popular because of their absence thereof. Silicone is also a superior material simply because, in contrast to foam, it doesn't promote bacterial and other microbial growth that may bring on infection.

Risks of Using Earplugs

Frequent, long-term use of earplugs presents the most risk. They stop the normal movement of earwax, resulting in accumulation leading to infection, most commonly tinnitus. You would be prone to severe pain, discharge and even hearing loss. Extented contact with the skin increases these types of risks as does improper insertion and care.

In all, earplugs address one of the world's most widespread issues of too little sleep and help professionals such as musicians work while reducing their decibel exposure. When used the right way, earplugs are highly recommended to help protect long-term hearing preventing problems for your ears. In order to benefit fully from their use, you must make careful decisions and diligently follow their care instructions.

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