While some people have no problem whatsoever falling asleep when there are lots of noises going on, the rest of us need near quiet conditions in order to have a restful night’s sleep. And there is nothing quite as annoying as being ready to sleep but having the sounds of neighbors, barking dogs or street noises keeping you from getting relaxed and ready for sleeping. You may even have a partner who snores loudly and interrupts your sleep. Or, you might be taking a red-eye flight to Europe and have chatty travelers sitting behind you. No matter what sounds are messing with your sleep routine, you can find an effective and cheap solution with a pair of sleeping ear plugs.
|Hearos Ultimate Softness Series Foam Earplugs|
|Howard Leight MAX-1 Foam Ear plugs|
|Mack's Ear Care Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs|
|Hearos Xtreme Protection|
|Macks Snoozers Silicone Putty Earplugs|
I know what you’re thinking – how will you hear your alarm or the baby crying if you have a pair of these in your ears? The good news is that you will be able to hear those things because they are a louder sound level than the other noises that will be blocked out of your hearing.
Noise eliminating ear plugs for sleeping are better for drifting off to sleep than a pair of noise cancelling headphones, or even something like some sound dampening ear muffs. Sure, those other options can be just as effective, but they are no way near as comfortable as sleeping in ear plugs. This is especially true for people who do a lot of tossing and turning during the night or who sleep on their side instead of back.
Noise Cancelling Ear Plugs Reviews (For Sleeping)
As someone who uses noise cancelling ear plugs for sleeping at home (sometimes) and and when travelling (all the time), I want to share with you my favorite picks. For me, I like to see a pair of these that meeting the following simple criteria:
- comfortable to wear for long periods
- high noise blocking rating for effectiveness
- inexpensive price
As you might expect, most of the brands have low prices, so you really only have to do your comparison shopping on the first two criteria. Below, you’ll find my favorite top rated ear plugs with noise cancelling features.
Best Cheap Noise Cancelling Ear Plugs for Travel
Trying to get some shut eye in a hotel or on a plane can be a real challenge if you do not have some earplugs with you. However, if you’re like me, then you don’t want to travel with the pair that you use at home because there is a pretty good chance that you’ll them or something. That’s why I prefer to just travel with some cheap earplugs that will block out the noises. Plus, I want to be able to actually throw them away when the trip is over so that I don’t bring home any travel germs.
That being said, I still want something that is actually effective and doesn’t hurt my ears. Based on my experience, the best low price ear plugs that have good noise blocking capability are the Hearos Ultimate Softness Series Foam Earplugs.
You get a good level of noise reduction at a low price, which makes them a good value ear plug for the money.
And probably most importantly, they are as soft and comfortable as the name leads you to believe. I also like that you get so many of them in one pack. I just slip the pack into my carry-on bag and leave it there for all my traveling.
Their NRR noise rating (explained below) comes in at a 32 which is really great at such a discount price.
Highest NRR Rated Noise Cancelling Ear Plugs
For the best noise protection from your ear plugs, you need to choose a pair that offers the highest NRR rating. And the highest that you can get is NRR 33.
As you might expect, there is more than one pair that meets this specification, but of those only a single brand is actually very comfortable. That is the Howard Leight MAX-1 foam ear plugs set.
With these, you get the maximum in noise cancelling and noise protection.
One really interesting thing about these is that they are latex-free, which is great news for people who have a latex allergy.
If you want the best that money can buy when it comes to maximum noise blocking, then these Howard Leight earplugs are exactly what you should purchase for your sound reduction needs.
About Ear Plug Ratings
As you do your comparison shopping for earplugs, you will notice that most of them have an NRR rating. This is a very important number because it tells you the maximum noise blocking capability of the earplugs. The higher the rating, the better the noise reduction. And NRR 33 is the top rating available.
The number of the rating lets you know how many decibels the sound level is reduced by when you are wear the ear plugs. So, if they are rated NRR 32, then your surrounding noise level is reduced by 32 decibels when using the earplugs.
Uses of Noise Cancelling Ear Plugs
If you are considering getting some of these for sleeping, but not sure of what else to do with them, then let me help you out. When you start to think about it, you will realize that there are actually a lot of way and situations where having a pair of these earplugs in your handbag, backpack or other bag will really come into good use. Some ways that you can use noise blocking ear plugs include:
- reduce some noise level at concerts
- eliminate some of the loud noise on an airplane
- block out the loud cheers of fans at sporting events
- cancel out the sound of noisy cars on the street outside your hotel room or home
- block out the loud snores of your partner or family members
- dampen the barking noise coming from the neighbor’s dog
These are just some of the ways that I have found to get use out of noise reducing ear plugs, and you may even be able to come up with other uses of your own.
It is important to remember that with repeated use, your ear plugs will start to get hard. When you notice this happening, it is time to replace them with a new pair.
How To Insert Ear Plugs
If you are new to using earplugs, then you might be looking at the little foam pieces and wondering how you are supposed to get it to fit in your ear. Don’t worry, I used to think the same thing until someone showed me how to best insert them.
It is best to attempt to insert only one at a time, so take the first one and roll it between your thumb and index finger while applying a little pressure. This will compress the ear plug so that it will easily fit into your ear. If you can then lift up the opening of your ear, which widens the ear canal, and insert it slowly. Once inserted, it will start to expand to reclaim it’s shape. Do not be alarmed as this is completely normal. Just repeat this process for the other ear.
When you are done using the plugs, just reach into your ears and pull them out. They will easily be removed with no need to tug.