The "best" earplugs aren’t just about having the highest level of protection. In addition to protection, the factors of assembly/insertion, hygiene and comfort also play a central role. As each ear canal is unique in its size, shape and curvature, the sensation of fitting earplugs, insulation and comfort can vary from person to person. For this reason, the earplugs come in different versions and sizes. You should therefore choose the best earplugs for YOU according to your personal perception and priorities and test out the different types of earplugs as measured by your needs.
The protection level of disposable earplugs and many other properties of products are only slightly impacted by reusing the earplugs, but they are usually not suitable for cleaning due to their material composition. Earplugs contaminated with a combination of ear wax and dirt from previous applications provide a breeding ground for the growth of bacteria and fungus. These can cause irritation and infections in the ear canal. The term "disposable earplugs" therefore refers exclusively to this aspect of hygiene. You should therefore refrain from reusing disposable earplugs.
As every earcanal differs in terms of shape and size, it is not possible to provide an accurate statement upfront about the required size of earplugs. We therefore advise that you try out the different sizes yourself. However, the following guideline can be used as a rough basis:
- the ear canal of the average woman is smaller than the ear canal of the average man
- the ear canal of children and adolescents is generally smaller than in adults
- there is usually very little difference in size between the left and right ear canal
SNR stands for "Single Number Rating". The SNR value describes the insulation capacity of the earplugs according to the general requirements under EN standard (EN 352). The higher the SNR value, the better the protection capacity of the earplugs. You can see which SNR our earplugs have under each product on our website.