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Sleeping with Earplugs: Benefits, Side Effects, Safety Tips, and Types




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Whether you wear them for work or comfort, ear plugs can be useful to anyone who regularly comes in contact with irritating or dangerous noise, or needs protection against airborne debris or wind. Having a set of ear plugs can benefit almost anyone, and they are available in a variety of styles. In this brief article, we'll go over some of the ways plugs are used for comfort and in the workplace, some of the health risks associated with them, and how to avoid those risks. All in all, if you frequently deal with noise, plugs are the way to go.
Benefits of Ear Plugs
Well, most people working in live sound reinforcement are wearing ear plugs to keep their hearing functioning. A sound designer loses his bread and butter if the hearing is damaged, even if some frequencies are heard worse, the adequate perception is gone, and the sound designer cannot perform adequately.
Many travelers find that wearing these plugs in their ear when taking a flight helps to reduce the pressure on their ears. This can prevent their ears from popping, which can be uncomfortable and in some cases, painful.
Similarly, the use of ear plugs when swimming can help to reduce the risk of infection and prevent an excess amount of water from entering into the ear area. Swimming is an excellent pastime to have with regards to staying fit and healthy, but many swimmers find that their health, balance or general condition is affected by too much water getting into their ears during the activity. Correctly placing these plugs into your ears before swimming can make a massive difference to how you are affected, this will hopefully make the swimming experience a more enjoyable one.
The most obvious industry where ear plugs can help people is in the music or live performance industry. If you are playing and rehearsing on a daily basis in a loud environment, the constant pressure that is being applied to your eardrums can lead to wear and tear occurring or in some cases, immediate and serious damage.
Side Effects of Ear Plugs
Ear plugs are generally safe, but they have few side effects in case if they are used on regular bases. As you use ear plugs over time, the ear wax can be pushed back into your ear by these gadgets, and this may cause a buildup. This can lead to some problems which may include tinnitus and temporary hearing problem. Ear drops can be used to clear the wax, or you can visit the doctor to remove them.
Ear plugs may also lead to ear infections. This may result from the buildup of ear wax or bacteria growing on ear plugs. Ear infections can lead to hearing loss if not taken seriously and get treated. 
Safety Tips for Using Ear plugs
1) Inserting
A lot of people stick ear plugs inside their ears. However, they are not likely obtaining the best protection. Instead, the earplug should be compressed by way of rolling into a cylinder. Then you need to pull the top of your ear upwards and away from your head and slip the plugin, then hold it there until it expands little by little. Forcing them into the ear doesn't work.
2) Removing
Ear plugs should not just be pulled out. If you ever hear a 'pop' when you take them out, then you are doing it wrong and risking eardrum damage. Instead, the plug should be carefully twisted to work it free and withdrawn slowly.
3) Cleaning
The fastest technique to clean ear plugs is to fill up a small cup with hydrogen peroxide bleach and soak them for a couple of minutes, then rinse. 
4) Foam ear plugs should be disposed of and changed if they have become unpleasant or dirty, if they get wet or if they have become hard and are not flexible enough to insert correctly. 
Types of Ear Plugs
There are Different Types of Ear Plugs
1) Foam Ear plugs - They are the lowest priced and most straightforward type of ear plugs. They are often used as ear plugs for sleeping, and they are amongst the best ear plugs designed for casual and occasional use.
2) Flanged plugs - They resemble tiny Christmas trees with all the flanges acting as the "tree" portion of the earplug. The flanged portion of the plug is inserted into your ear canal, where it'll result in a firm seal. Musicians' ear plugs and custom molded ear plugs are generally flanged.
3) Silicone ear plugs - They are a favorite type of hearing protection due to their low cost, high efficiency, and ease of use. For the consumer, the ease of use may be the most appealing of silicone earplug's properties. This ease is because of the usage of silicone itself because of its memory quality. 
In your home the computer fans are whirring, the TV is playing, perhaps some music is playing, the refrigerator is humming and buzzing, the washer or dryer, perhaps the dishwasher is groaning, people speak, and the electricity in the walls is humming. It is a constant cacophony all around. Sometimes to hear somebody talking, that someone needs to raise the voice considerably. The need to silence everything can be overwhelming, and in such cases, nothing can help but a pair of ear plugs.


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