The ear plugs you have at night can be fundamentally important in how well you sleep. And since how well you sleep is a big factor in how you feel throughout the day, ear plugs for sleeping can affect your whole day. This is especially true (and important) when you have to sleep on a noisy airplane.
To help you get the best sleep possible, either at home or while traveling, I want to share my top picks of the best sleeping ear plugs for the money. Here are a few examples of ear plugs I’ve tried that can help block out noise so that you can get a full night’s rest whether you’re at home, on a plane, in a hotel or elsewhere.
Top 10 Earplugs for Sleeping in 2015 - 2016
|Photo||Product||NRR Level||Our Rating|
|Howard Leight MAX-1 Foam Ear plugs Uncorded NRR33||33||(4.3 / 5)|
|Hearos Ultimate Softness Series Foam Earplugs||32||(4.2 / 5)|
|Hearos Xtreme Protection||33||(4.5 / 5)|
|Mack's Ear Care Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs||32||(4.5 / 5)|
|Surefire EP4 Sonic Defender Ear Protection||19||(4.2 / 5)|
|Radians Custom Molded Earplugs||26||(3.8 / 5)|
|Etymotic Research ER20 ETY-Plugs Hearing Protection Earplugs||20||(4.2 / 5)|
|Macks Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs||22||(4.3 / 5)|
|Mack's Ear Care Slim Fit Soft Foam Earplugs||29||(4.2 / 5)|
|Howard Leight Laser Lite Foam Earplugs||32||(4.6 / 5)|
Howard Leight Max-1 Sleeping Earplugs Review
The Howard Leight Max-1 retails for just over eight dollars on average and it emphasizes noise cancelling.
Noise cancelling is often measured with an NRR rating, with the higher being better. Howard Leight ear plugs have one of the highest around with 33.
These foam ear plugs are designed to focus on maximum comfort in your ears. This means that you won’t wake up in the morning with pain from wearing them all night, even if you’re a side sleeper.
Most customers agree that these block out more noise than any other plug. This means that they are particularly effective for people who need as much noise blocked out as possible, such as those who live near noisy areas like in the city or near train stations, or close to airplane strips.
The only downside from this type of plug is that for some people, it can leave the ears slightly tender when they are in the canal for a long period of time such as after you sleep. There is no way to know if they will do this to you until you give them a try. Usually it just takes a bit of trial and error to make sure that the plugs are in correctly to avoid this. There are also various different sizes, so it’s important to get the right one because if you get one that’s too long, it could get too close to your ear drums.
Top Pick – Best for Noise Cancelling
Bottom line: Overall, it’s hard to beat the Howard Leight MAX-1 when it comes to noise cancelling. In terms of the sheer ability to make sure noise stays out of your ears when you’re sleeping, it’s hard to beat the MAX-1.
Hearos Ultimate Softness Sleeping Ear Plugs Review
Hearos Ultimate Softness are a series of foam earplugs that offer the highest in comfort. They are made of very soft, neutral colored foam.
Their noise reduction rating is 32, which places them just under the Howard Leights in terms of noise reduction. You get 20 pairs with the bulk pack, which is a lot for plugs with such a high rating.
They focus primarily on being comfortable, which is easily one of the most important aspects for any plug that is going to be used for sleeping since it’s in your eat for so long.
The main downsides of this plug is that it can take a little practice to get in right, but it’s doable with a little effort. Another downside is that their combination of being comfortable with a strong noise cancelling rating means that they might be a bit too effective for people who have to wake up at a certain time. It’s important to make sure your alarm is loud enough to do the job.
Top Pick – Most Comfortable Ear Plugs
Bottom line: It’s hard to beat Hearos in terms of how soft they are. People with really sensitive ears will most likely want to go with these plugs first over other options for that very reason. As a side sleeper, these are the ear plugs that I use most often for sleeping.
Tips on Using Ear Plugs for Sleeping
If this is the first time that you are using earplugs to get some quiet time when snoozing, then let me give you some tips on getting the most comfort when using these while catching a few zzz’s.
Inserting the plugs into your ear canal properly is not as difficult as it might seem. Yes, just looking that them they are larger than your ear canal hole. However, you first compress them by just rolling them back and forth between two fingers. This gets them small enough to insert into the ear. And once inserted, they will expand to fill the space in the ear canal, which creates the barrier that blocks out sound for a quiet night’s sleep.
Once you have rolled and compressed the plugs (you should do them one-by-one and not at the same time), use your other hand to kind of lift up on the top opening of the ear canal as you insert the earplug. This ensures that you get it fully inside so that you not only get maximum sound blocking and noise reduction, but also that it doesn’t stick out of your ear and cause you discomfort if you roll over on it while sleeping.
Good Hearing Protection Earplugs For Concerts and Loud Places
When you go out to a concert or a bar that plays music, do you ever notice just how loud the sound level is? If you pay attention, then you will likely notice that your beer is moving a bit as the bass rattles everything in the building. It should come as no surprise to you that this type of sound level is not good for you.
Consider this – you may just visits these types of loud places once a week or so, but what about the people who work there or the musicians who are up close and personal with these loud sound levels on a nightly basis?
Earplugs For Hearing Protection
It is a fact that millions of people suffer with hearing loss yearly. This is usually due to attending concerts or performing at a concert without adequate ear protection. Fortunately, there are a number of very well-made ear plugs on the market that deliver top performance and ear protection. One of our highest rated for quality and performance is Etymotic Research ER20 ETY-Plugs Hearing Protection Earplugs.
Some earplugs merely deafen the sound and make it almost impossible for you to really enjoy the concert or the music that is around you. These ear plugs function differently. They actually improve the sound of the music and make it a very wonderful experience, whether you are “jamming” on stage to the beat or in the audience.
Here is how the Etymotic Research ER20 ETY Earplugs work:
The earplugs actually lessen the noise and improve sound quality. The company that manufacturers the earplugs are true professionals in the industry and they’ve worked in the hearing aid industry. They understand how sound works. They’ve created high quality professional ear plugs that respond to sound like a human ear. The sound is merely reduced to a lower and safer volume. These are certainly better than cheaper models that simply muffle the sound.
The ear plugs are very versatile. They are perfect for protecting the ears at an air show, motor sports show, parades, sports shows, airports, construction sites, and garages.
Order them in large or standard size. They are small enough to conceal in a pocket or tote. The ear plugs are packaged with a black cord, carrying case, and instructions.
If you go to places with a lot of loud noises or sounds, then you owe it to yourself to get a pair of these. Otherwise, you could end up experiencing hearing loss at an early age. And who wants that?