You only get a pair of ears, so it’s a good idea to take care of them – and a good set of earplugs can be useful in all sorts of situations. A proper set is a much better solution for blocking noise at night than a pillow over your head and is more comfortable than headphones. What you are looking for in a set of earplugs really depends on what you want them to do. For example, when you sleep, comfort is paramount. In addition, you need an arbitrary approach to block snoring, traffic noise or a car alarm down the street.
However, if you see a band playing live, you want to maintain as much fidelity as possible and just cut out the frequencies that can be detrimental to your hearing. The average concert pumps out about 100 decibels, but if you’ve ever seen My Bloody Valentine, you’ll know that some bands seem to have a personal vendetta against your ears – and continuous exposure to sounds above 85 dB can cause permanent damage. at your hearing. This means that it is not really possible to select one pair of earplugs that work in every situation. Instead, we have selected six couples that meet different needs.
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