Best earplugs ever
Pay attention, the following may be the only useful thing you ever learn from this weblog. I've been looking for the ultimate cheap disposable earplug for several years and I now believe my search is over.
OTC earplugs can be divided into two main categories: gunk and foam. Intuitively, the gunk technology seems more promising. It sounds smart to have earplugs that instantly conform to the unique shape of the wearer's ear canal. Intuitions are often wrong. Gunk earplugs are messier and less effective than foam plugs. The worst offenders are the greasy pink plugs made of wax and fiberglass insulation. The high-tech silicone blobs are eye-catching, but again it's hard to form a really tight seal.
The major drawbacks of foam plugs are non-ergonomic shape and rigidity. Howard Leight earplugs solve both of those problems. They're tapered and made out of very springy pliant foam. According to the package, their noise reduction rating is 33dB.