How can you decide which ear plugs to buy for sleeping when there are so many different varieties available? Here are some tips.
Foam ear plugs. These are cheap and readily available but tend not to be good for use in bed . This is because they protrude from your ears and so often drag on the pillow causing discomfort and tugging them from your ears during the night. Both of these problems could cause them to come out of your ears and wake you up. They also tend to be unhygienic as they accumulate wax and dirt.
Molded ear plugs. This variety of plug makes the best all-round earplug. This is because they are comfortable, brilliant at keeping everything out of the ear and even kill germs. ZenPlugs are an example of this. They might not be as expensive as you might think. ZenPlugs are made at home using a kit so are far less expensive than visiting the audiologist to have your impressions made.
Wax earplugs. This type of earplug is effective at keeping water from the ears. Unfortunately it is not great for sleeping as the plugs are sticky and leave nasty residue on your skin and fingers. They also stick in the hair of individuals whose hair is long. If they come out during the night they often stick to clothing or the carpet.
Flanged rubber earplugs. This variety of plug is not suitable for use at night due to the protruding handle which would push the plug deeper into the ear canal causing pain. They are much more suitable for swimming, although the rubber often deteriorates in water after many uses.
Moulded earplugs make the best all round earplugs due to their resilience, comfort and ability to block sound and liquids from the ears.