Foam Ear Plugs
To provide a comfortable, moldable fit to your ear canal, HEAROS and Sleep Pretty In Pink use foam ear plugs to help you reduce noise and protect your hearing. Unlike silicone and flanged products, HEAROS Ultimate Softness Series, Extreme Protection and Sleep Pretty In Pink use memory foam, which is compressed and put into the ear canal, where they expand to plug it.
Uses Of Foam Ear Plugs
Unlike silicone earlugs, which are primarily designed for water use, foam ear plugs can be used for multiple purposes including:
- Recording and listening to music
- Hunting, shooting, target practice and firearms
- Attending rock concerts
- Motorsports events (like NASCAR)
- Motorcyle riding / loud noises
Noise Reduction Rating For Foam Ear Plugs
Foam earplugs are rated for their ability to reduce noise. In the United States, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandates that hearing protection be tested to provide a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) where a panel of ten subjects are tested in a laboratory to determine the attenuation over a range of frequencies. HEAROS and Sleep Pretty In Pink earplugs that use foam have the following NRR ratings:
- Ultimate Softness Series Foam Ear Plugs - NRR 32
- Extreme Protection Series Foam Ear Plugs - NRR 33
- Sleep Pretty In Pink Foam Ear Plugs - NRR 32
To determine the NRR of the foam ear plugs you are using be sure to check the product packaging. The NRR of all foam ear plugs should be clearly provided along with supporting attenuation data.
Other Important Notes About Ear Plugs Made Of Foam
In addition to the information provided, it is helpful to remember the following about foam ear plugs:
Foam earplugs for sleeping are made to be as comfortable as possible while blocking external sounds that may prevent or disrupt sleep. Specialized earplugs for such noises as a partner's snoring may have sound-dampening enhancements that enable the user to still hear other noises, such as an alarm clock. To determine the comfort of earplugs used for sleeping, it is important to try them on while actually lying down. The pressure on the ear between the head and pillow may cause a significant reduction in comfort.
Disposable foam earplugs should not be used for long periods of time. Dirt and wax build-up can negatively impact the performance of the ear plugs (flexibility, fit, NRR rating), ultimate resulting in tinnitus, discharge, hearing loss, and irritation. Please refresh your foam ear plugs if they get wet, dirty or no longer provide your ear canal with a tight fit.
Directions For Using Foam Ear Plugs
To help you learn how to get the most comfortable and effective fit for our foam ear plugs, we have created video and written instructions for earplug use. Simply click this link to see our ear plug instructions.