Best Earplugs?

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    1. needtostop

      needtostop Member

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      Hi.

      Is it advisable to get ear plugs?

      I have only had this ringing for 5 days... I am hoping it will go for good, but until then preventative measures need to be taken.

      I don't want to use those yellow things, is there any out there for around £20 that are more moulded and continuous use? preferably skin coloured?

      I found some on ebay for £17 but can't locate em now.
       
    2. Markku
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      Yes.

      Moulded, as in customized to your ear canal?

      I've never seen those go for £20.

      They are costlier, but definitely worth the investment, and they last a long while.

      http://acscustom.com/uk/product-category/hearing-protection/

      After buying, you get a voucher with which you can go and have your ear impressions made.

      There are other brands available too (Etymotic, Elacin, Westone, etc), but they're pretty much in the same price bracket.
       
    3. Ed209

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      Your choices are ACS/Etymotic er20 or Alpine classic earplugs.

      Those are what I would recommend for that price range.
       
    4. Ed209

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      I noticed you added preferably skin colour. Please don't feel ashamed to use ear plugs, this is half the problem, people not thinking they are cool enough.
       
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    5. needtostop

      needtostop Member

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    6. Ed209

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      I prefer the smaller grips personally but it's down to preference.
       
    7. Gr8fulDude
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    8. AnxiousJon
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      AnxiousJon Member

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      Yeah I have some transparent musician's plugs as well, very similar to gr8fulDude's. My set came with 2 sets with different attenuators. They are magic. The less aggressive ones are good for having a conversation and not hearing your own voice(or tinnitus) so much, and the more aggressive ones are better for noiser environments.
       
    9. needtostop

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    10. Chey

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      I bought the Etymotic ones last month but they only lasted a few days before my dog got ahold of them. I really liked them though. They're fancy and filtered.
       
    11. Natalie Roberts
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      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

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      For molded earplugs do you have to see someone locally so they can fit them properly? Do you recommend seeing an audiologist for this?
       
    12. Ed209

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      You need to see an audiologist for an ear mold and then wait while they make them. I think it took around 2-3 weeks to get mine.
       
    13. Natalie Roberts
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      How much do they generally range price wise? Also, can you hear normal conversations with them in or is it very muted like foam plugs?
       
    14. Bertman
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      mine were around $200, and I think thats a pretty average price. Regarding hearing normal conversations, I usually just leave the strongest filter in mine so hearing conversations can be hard at times, but I'd say generally custom moulded ones with filters are more clear than foam earplugs.
       
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    15. Ron Robles
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      Ron Robles Member

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      You guys are they the same kind they use for hunting made by decibullz ear plugs . Look them up . Way cheaper.
       
    16. Bertman
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      I would not say they are the same, because the custom earplugs most people refer to on this website are musician earplugs. The difference is that these are made of a high grade silicone based on a deep mold from your ear canal (reducing occlusion and improving fit). Also, they offer interchangeable filters that are designed to reduce noise to a variety of different environments (such as a 15bd reduction filter, 25 db reduction filter etc.) as well as provide clearer sound quality. The decibullz plugs you personally mold only do the outer ear to keep them in place, the actual tip going into the ear is your typical flange style ear piece.

      With that said, those decibullz seem like a decent alternative to foam earplugs to provide solid protection at an attractive price, while being reusable. They won't have the luxuries of the musician earplugs, but still a good option, based on what I saw on their website.

      Edit: now that I think of it they remind me of my surefire earplugs I use for hockey. If you care to look them up, its a similar concept, except the surefire's don't mold to your ear, instead having a bendy ring that keeps them in place
       
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