Which ear plugs you should choose depends on what you are planning to use them for and for how long.
- Foam. These ubiquitous ear plugs are cheap and effective at blocking sound from your ears. However they tend to become sore and itchy with prolonged use. This is because the foam traps dirt and bacteria and becomes abrasive on the skin lining the delicate ear. Because they expand they tend to fall out as they push themselves out of your ears.
- Molded. Ideal all-purpose earplugs as they block sound and water effectively from your ears. ZenPlugs are available in kit form. They cost far less than having your ears molded by an audiologist and are even available in antibacterial varieties. The most comfortable earplugs listed here, they are available in many colours. You can find them easily if you drop them on the floor of your truck or on the beach or the side of the swimming pool.
-Wax. Soft and sticky, these are effective at blocking water and sound from your ears but deteriorate quickly with use. This is because they trap dirt and hair, quickly becoming unusable. Unable to be connected with a cord.
- Soft silicon. Similar to wax in that they are suitable for swimming and sleeping and in that they tend to trap dirt and hair. Need replacing after a few uses.
In summary, there are many different types of ear plug available, each with it's own strengths and weaknesses. If you are looking for the best all-round ear plugs for everyday use in bed and in the pool then you won't go wrong with molded ear plugs.