If you sleep with someone who snores or if you have to sleep during the day when your neighbors are noisy, then you're probably wishing for a way to block out the noise so you can get some sleep. While you can find many types of earplugs on the market, they aren't always that effective. Choosing custom plugs could be the solution that works. Here's why custom earplugs are usually better than other types of plugs or headphones.
Headphones Won't Stay On
You might be able to find a pair of noise-canceling headphones that are comfortable enough to sleep in, but the real problem with wearing them to bed is that it is difficult to keep them in place. If you toss and turn in your sleep, then it's just a matter of time until the headphones get pulled out of place and you start hearing the noise again. Earplugs have a definite advantage in that they fit inside your ear canals so no amount of tossing causes them to fall out.
Foam Plugs Aren't Very Comfortable
There are many brands of foam plugs on the market and you usually buy a sack of them at a time. You compress the foam and slide the plug into your ear canal and when it fluffs back up, it is supposed to block noise. Some brands work better than others, but it is difficult to get a complete block of loud noise such as snoring. The plugs are usually too big to fit properly and can cause discomfort as well. After wearing a foam plug for a few nights, the foam stays compressed and you'll start hearing noises again. That's why you usually buy several plugs at a time.
Foam can also be irritating to the sensitive skin in your ears, especially if you wear the plugs every night and frequently twist and push on them to try to get a good seal. You can buy earplugs made of silicone or other smooth material that are more comfortable than foam and that last longer, but these have the same problem of not being an exact match for your ear canal.
Custom Ear Plugs Offer A Perfect Fit
If you need to wear earplugs every night, then having them custom made is worth the extra expense. Custom ear plugs are permanent rather than being disposable. They are made of a soft and durable material that is easy to keep clean and sanitary. Best of all, they are made from a mold of your ear canal so the fit is perfect. You won't be kept awake by uncomfortable plugs that don't fit right. With a good seal, noise is blocked much better than with ear plugs that are too big or too little.
A good night's sleep is important for job performance and for your health. Some people seem to be able to sleep through anything, but if noises bother you and steal your sleep, then buying high-quality comfortable sleeping ear plugs is an option to consider, especially if you are frustrated with how poorly cheap plugs work.