Ear plugs are very useful in many situations. They can help you sleep, study and relax. They can keep water out of your ears and prevent you getting swimmer's ear and surfer's ear. Molded ear plugs are much better than other types for several reasons. As they are fitted individually to the ears they are much more comfortable than other varieties. They last much longer and block the sound of snoring very effectively. Because they last for years they cost much less in the long run than others.
So which are the best molded ear plugs? ZenPlugs have all the bonuses associated with other types of molded ear plugs but also have several advantages over other types. Being made from a kit they cost far less and take much less time to make than those that are professionally molded. This is because you don't need to make two or three trips to the clinic to have them made. You can make them yourself in only a few minutes at home.
The other advantage is their antibacterial properties. Because Steritouch has been included in the plugs they kill bacteria and reduce the risk of infections from wearing plugs often. ZenPlugs are also wipe-clean so are hygienic.
They are very effective at keeping water out. The material is non-porous and so does soak up water. This makes them ideal for preventing ear problems from water. Swimmer's ear is one such problem. Water, chlorine and soaps can cause irritation and inflammation. ZenPlugs can keep this at bay.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST EAR PLUGS FOR SLEEPING
It is difficult knowing which earplugs to choose for sleeping. This is because of the fact there are so many types and brands to choose from. How are you to know which are the best?
In our opinion moulded earplugs are the best sleeping variety. This is for several reasons. The main reason is comfort; some types are not comfortable at all, for example foam types. These tend to expand outwards in your ear canal, pressing hard on the delicate skin lining.
This can lead to such severe discomfort that you may wake up during the night. Alternatively you may remove the plugs in your sleep. This can potentially expose you to the noise you were intending to block and also leading to wakening.
Moulded plugs are specifically shaped to each canal, individually making them contour to each bump and lump of your body. This leads to them being incredibly comfortable as there are no localised pressure areas.
This custom fit also leads to exceptionally good noise attenuation properties. This means that they will block sound exceptionally well and give you an excellent night's sleep.
ZenPlugs moulded earplugs are great as they cost far less than having your moulds manufactured by the local audiology clinic. The antibacterial agent dramatically reduces the risk of contamination causing infections. They are also hygienic as they are wipe clean, nonporous and last for years.
Wax, soft silicon and rubber flanged varieties are not suitable for this purpose as they are uncomfortable or sticky. The wax and soft silicon types will get stuck to the bed clothes and can get stuck in your hair. These are more suitable for swimming rather than sleeping. Rubber flanged ones tend to have a hard handle protruding which would cause the plug to dig in hard if you were to go onto your side during the night. Moulded brands are definitely the best type to choose.
Dr Toby Bateson