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unbiased Earplugs For Sleep: Reviews & Ratings

Based on 2,155 Actual User Experiences

August 4, 2016

79% of people using earplugs for sleep find them to be effective in comfortably blocking out unwanted noise. Earplugs are often most effective and comfortable for back sleepers.

Unlike other solutions used to quiet / drown out unwanted noise when sleeping, earplugs have potential health issues. Prolonged use of earplugs may cause earwax to build up and clog the outer ear. Therefore, proper use and hygiene is important; otherwise, tinnitus, hearing loss, discharge, pain, and infection may occur. Refer to the instructions that come with earplugs to avoid potential health problems.

Top-Rated Earplugs

The table below evaluates those earplugs with 90% or higher owner satisfaction based on 250+ consumer experiences. All models below tend to perform good to excellent in both comfort and noise-blocking ability.

Howard Leight Laser Lite 3M EAR Classic Earplug Howard Leight Max Lite Howard Leight MAX1
Owner Satisfaction / Sample      
95% / 748 95% / 311 93% / 393 93% / 703
Price (per pair)      
$21 for 200 pair (11 cents) $31 for 200 pair (16 cents) $22 for 200 pair (11 cents) $25 for 200 pair (13 cents)
fair fair-poor fair fair-poor
Main Complaints
(% of owners)
doesn't stay in (3%), doesn't block noise (2%) n/a doesn't block noise (4%) doesn't block noise (4%), difficult to insert (3%)
amazon amazon amazon amazon
contoured t-shape designed for easy insertion. vibrant colors. cylinder shaped. yellow color. designed for people with smaller ear canals. t-shaped. green color. bell shaped. orange color.

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