Can Airplane Earplugs Be Used for Everyday Noise Protection?

Discussion in 'Support' started by haipa, Jun 11, 2019.

    1. haipa

      haipa Member

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      Hi there!

      As the title reads, I would like to ask if Airplane Plugs can be considered a substitute for everyday noise protection compared to Musician Earplugs?

      https://www.amazon.com/Macks-Flightguard-Airplane-Pressure-Earplugs/dp/B01K9RHZ3S

      These are the earplugs I'm buying for a flight in a month, 26dB NRR seems good for everyday noise protection, no?

      Unless I'm missing something, (like filters making a big difference on musician earplugs) I'm sure this is good enough protection for situations such as: noisy classrooms, noisy streets (lots of people with loud motorbikes here).

      Of course, I'll try to not overprotect my ears, it'll just be a safety measure when I feel uncomfortable with the loud environment.
       
    2. Bill Bauer
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      No. Their noise reduction rating (NRR) is very low.
       
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      haipa

      haipa Member

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      Ah really? That's a shame if that's the case.
      I bought a pair of peltor muffs but those seem overkill and bulky, I thought the NRR from the airplane plugs is enough for mildly loud noises. (80dB~)

      Do you have any recommendations on what to use for everyday protection?
       
    4. Bill Bauer
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      There should be an NRR rating displayed on the package. The NRR for 3M 1100 foam plugs is 29. The NRR for Earplanes plugs is 20.
      https://www.earplugstore.com/comingsoon.html
      Since this has to do with a logarithmic scale, it is a huge difference in protection.
      My plugs of choice are
      https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008MVYL7C/
       
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      haipa

      haipa Member

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      Probably should've specified in the title, (I specified and put the link in the original post) but the earplugs I'm buying are the Mack's Flightguard with a 26dB NRR.

      https://www.amazon.com/Macks-Flightguard-Airplane-Pressure-Earplugs/dp/B01K9RHZ3S

      Would it still be lacking by then?

      Thanks for your earplug recommendation.
       
    6. Bill Bauer
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      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

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      It would probably provide more protection than Musician earplugs. However, I am sure that if you try 3M 1100 plugs you will conclude that they provide a more protection and make you feel protected.
       
    7. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

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      Everyday protection should be foam earplugs, which range from 29 to 33 db, depending on the specific model. I also use silicone plugs that are 25 db, but use them for shorter term activities with less noise, like when I use the electric razor. For louder noises, like mowing the lawn, foam is definitely the way to go (and I combine it with ear muffs to double protect).
       
    8. Michael B
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      Michael B Member Benefactor

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      I bought them for flying and they did very little of anything in my opinion.
       

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