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JamesSanFrancisco

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Is there a consensus on the most comfortable and effective earplug out there?
I've found most are really uncomfortable. Foam blocks enough sound but feels like an expanding pillow after awhile that gets itchy and annoying. I've never been able to sleep with them for very long before pulling them out. I've had no luck with wax either. Wax doesn't seem to seal very well and if I move my jaw around it basically breaks the seal it had. Wax is really comfortable but just doesn't seem to work. Rubber earplugs are ridiculous in my opinion. Seems like I've tried just about everything out there and they all kind of feel the same, not very comfy. What is your favorite kind? 
Thanks!
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Aplomado

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I like these pretty well:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Research-Protection-Earplugs-Standard/dp/B0044DEESS

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JamesSanFrancisco

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I've tried those and they don't seem to seal at all. The package says to expect around 20 dB attenuation. If they don't seal well I don't think they are going to give much attenuation at all, probably less than 10dB. I've had those and tried them several times at loud events, seems like the seal doesn't work and they just hurt my ears after 15 minutes.
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Rob

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Flents makes great foam earplugs.  Howard Leight does too. 

I suggest getting earplugs with a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 32 or 33. 

Make sure you know how to insert them. 

Why are you sleeping with earplugs? 

Rob 
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Thehottati

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I have custom fitted of essential from westone and got them through my dr. They take a while to get used to but have exchangeable filters in various decibel options. I also use the Bose headset and love it. It removes vibrations that earplugs can not.
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Mary4950

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I'm also seeking a 'magic' solution for blocking out noise.

I bought the best ear protectors I can find, those thick things worn at construction jobs and on airport runways, and last night slept in a pair - NOT COMFORTABLE!  But at least it helped make it quiet enough to sleep.

Those ear plugs one of you pictured, that look like they have a possibly sharp plastic end, would scare me to sleep in due to sharpness.  Do you sleep in them?

Just moved into a room rental two days ago after being assured it'd be quiet - turns out to be ridiculously noisy imho.  Now kicking myself for having a lease to deal with, at least it's a month-to-month. 

I've had better night's sleep in my car!

Thanks for the ear plug thread.

- Mary
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gardennut

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Have you tried getting molded silicone ear plugs, made just for you, through an audiologist. They are reusable and washable, if inserted with an oil of some kind [ I use mineral  oil ] they seal well and one can get used to them, I find. There are no plugs that are totally comfortable and work well .... takes adjusting to them.
Rob , you asked why a person wears plugs to sleep, if you knew the noisy situations some of us are living in you would understand. There is no perfect place to live  and every where one thinks will be perfect turns out to have a surprise noise I've found. Many of us do not have the money to get a nice house on a  quiet street etc. It's a bummer..... Donna

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Thehottati

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I have been looking at ways of dampening sound. My neighbor's a c unit is ridiculously loud. Perhaps adding some padding the space around your bed. I have my windows insulated with thermal material and a have those three panel changing screens up and a row of heavy lined curtains. Works really well.

Also... a canopy like they had on pricecess beds or enclosed beds like in old Europe. It will help with vibration and warmth. I hang out a lot in my bedroom since this has happened.
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