Updated: December 2017
Ear Plug Reviews:Ear plugs have many uses, but their main purpose is to protect your ears from excessive noise or things like water from getting clogged in them. I first started wearing ear plugs when I would attend rock concerts to try and avoid the next day when my ears would be "ringing" from my ear drums being damaged. Many musicians have gone deaf over time by not protecting their ears properly since they are around loud music all the time. Musicians have certainly become smarter over time and now they realize their hearing will be effected by loud music if they don't wear protective ear plugs. Howard Leight ear plugs and Mack's are two popular brands that you find musicians wearing on stage. Swimmers have been wearing ear plugs to help keep water from their ears for years. I notice water effecting me since I have ear wax buildup that gets moved around after having my head submerged in water. Wearing ear plugs in while swimming definitely alleviates my issues. Workers who run heavy machinery that can get loud (like in factories or production shops) should always wear protective ear wear. Hearing loss is a terrible thing that tends to catch up on your if you don't take the safety precautions early on in life.
Other common uses for ear plugs are for those that travel on airplanes and want to eliminate their ears getting plugged from elevation changes. Some people who sleep next to a snorer can only get rest while they have a quality pair of ear plugs in. Many a wife puts on her trusted ear plugs to get a good nights sleep. If you are a policeman or just a recreational shooter of guns, it's imperative to wear ear plugs while shooting at a gun range. The noise can be deafening with guns going off only a few feet away from you. Recently I also saw some Harley Davidson motorcycle riders wearing ear plugs since their engines are so loud and after a few hours of riding they would be deaf without the protection. Some of the best ear plugs are rated NRR 34 and made from cotton, lanolin, and beeswax. The soft and moldable ear plugs not only form to fit your ear canal but they also seal it off to keep the high noise levels away from your sensitive inner ear and if you are swimming the water will be kept out. Many ear plugs are reusable if you want, although some are cheap enough you don't have to keep resuing them if they get dirty with ear wax. The disposable ear plugs may not be as efficient as the custom made ones, but for the average user they work just fine. We found several online stores that sell ear plugs like Uline.com which carries E.AR, AirSoft, and Howard Leight varities. The Howard Leight Max Lite ear plugs come with cords or without and they are rated NRR 30. Earplugsonline.com is another website with ear plug protection products. Browse the best selling ear plugs here.