It can be very difficult knowing which earplugs to buy. There are advantages and disadvantages to each variety. Here are some tips on custom molded ear plugs vs regular ear plugs. Many people are aware that custom moulded ear plugs are better in many ways than regular plugs. As each one is made specifically for your ears they fit much better and stay in. They are far more effective as they create a customised seal with your ear. Because they do not expand in your ear canal they don't create pressure, unlike foam ear plugs. They are well suited to regular users because they last for years and do not need to be replaced regularly. If you are a surfer or sea swimmer they are great because they protect you against swimmer's ear and surfer's ear and do not need replacing regularly. They are strong and won't be damaged in your bag.
Regular ear plugs usually cost more to buy initially but the cost per use is much lower for moulded ear plugs. This is because they last for many uses. Other types of ear plugs deteriorate after a few uses a need to be replaced often. This can become expensive in the long run if you use them much of the time.
ZenPlugs from http://zenplugs.com/molded-earplugs/ are particularly good compared to other molded ear plugs. They are designed especially not to protrude from your ears so are comfortable when lying on your side in bed. They stay in at night and so you will not be woken up by them falling out. Unlike other types of molded ear plugs ZenPlugs contain an antibacterial agent which kills nasty bugs.
Soft silicon and wax ear plugs tend to be messy and fall apart. Sometimes tiny pieces are left in your ears that you can't get out and so need to be removed by a doctor. Foam plugs can be irritating and sore because they expand and press on the delicate skin in your ear canals.
Summary. Molded ears plugs have many advantages over standard ear plugs. They are the best choice for regular earplug users.
Dr Toby Bateson