Are Ear Plugs Bad For You?

Are Ear Plugs Bad For You?

Are Ear Plugs Bad For You?

Many people find that they are unable to sleep without a pair of ear plugs. If you are a light sleeper then you might find yourself easily woken by the birds tweeting or the neighbours having a party at 3am. Regularly wearing plugs for 8 hours or more per day worries some users. Unfortunately many people are left wondering, are ear plugs bad for you?

There is no evidence that using ear plugs is bad for your hearing. There are two problems, however, which can be caused by ear plug use. Firstly, repeatedly pushing plugs in the ears can lead to wax accumulating. Normally the wax clears itself by moving towards the outside of the ear canal. The skin cells of the canal form in the middle of the eardrum and travel outwards, carrying wax and dirt with them. Pushing plugs in can cause wax to become impacted against the drum if you have particularly waxy ears. For most people who only produce a small amount of wax this is not a problem.

The second problem is ear infection. Some plugs cause more of a problem than others. Foam plugs are possibly the worst for causing sore and itchy ears. Because they are highly porous they harbour bacteria. They also remain moist for some time. Because they press in the ear they cause irritation.

Putting ear plugs in the ear can introduce infection and can damage the skin lining the ear. Our ear plugs are antibacterial so help prevent infections from contaminated plugs. The thermoplastic is smooth and so is far more gentle on the skin. ZenPlugs are great for helping prevent infection.  This is because they are also non-porous and so don't remain damp and harbour bacteria.

Summary. Ear plugs aren't bad for you but some of them can cause minor ear problems. ZenPlugs from http://zenplugs.com/molded-earplugs/ are far better than other types because they are antibacterial and are far more gentle on the ears.