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1.0 out of 5 stars Might work for people with big ear canals, 8 May 2012
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This review is from: Howard Leight MAX-1 Ear Plugs (200 Pairs) (Tools & Hardware)
Well like many others, I bought these based on good reviews, and was disappointed. Let me preface this by saying that I have tinnitus and hyperacusis (not horrible but bad), and I find some noises unbearable (traffic, buses, crowded places, planes etc), so I wear earplugs a lot when I'm out and about to maintain a level of sanity, so I've tried a lot of types or earplugs.

These are by far the worst - the problem is the foam - unlike any other kind of earplug this one does not keep its compressed form for more than 1 second. So basically when you're not applying pressure they go back to fully expanded, which makes proper insertion impossible, at least for my (normal I think) ear canal. And even with flash like speed - meaning squishing them right outside the ear and then rushing to get them in they don't work, you always feel them pushing in, which is what you never want with earplugs, because A) that means they're not taking the form of your ear canal, and therefore not providing good protection and B) you're pushing back earwax, impacting it on the tympanic membrane, which is bad (the same reason you're not supposed to stick cotton buds in ears).

These are pretty much useless really, and I doubt I'm doing it wrong since I've been doing this for over 2 years.

Instead of getting these do yourself a favour and get 3M 1100 earplugs, they're made from the best memory foam I've ever seen, have the same SNR rating (37) and are super comfortable. You can't find normal quantities on Amazon (e.g less than 100 pairs but you can find them on e bay)
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2013 16:33:44 GMT
Red says:
Hi

I too wear earplugs when I go outside of the house or empty/fill the dishwasher. Clattering plates are the worst.

I have Fullness, Hyperacusis and Tinnitus. My GP and the ENT's seem baffled. They think it's something to do with my eustachian tubes, but they are not sure.

Do you happen to know what caused your symptoms or what can be done to help the symptoms?

Thank you

Posted on 14 Jun 2014 17:23:53 BDT
Steel-247 says:
I know it's an old review, however earplugs are unchanged :) and in fact the 3M 1100 are 29dB rated (see the 3M site) and the difference is noticeable comapred to the MAX 1 ... on the 1100s I found the foam stiffer and uncomfortable in long use. I wear them for motorcycle riding - and the MAX 1 are super soft and comfortable for long term use. There is definitely a trick to getting them in - but if they are really difficult, then the MAX Lite for narrower ear canals are the ones to go for.

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Andrea S. says:
I have Tenacious Tinnitus Ear pressure & noise and Seriously bad Hyperacusis also and mine was caused by Benzodiazapine drugs, and withdraw from them Valium/ Diazepam Temazepam/ Librium etc (Google it there are a lot) SSRI'S can also cause it along with many other medications and even supplements as they contain all sorts of poison that they don't have to declare by law?

Also a good friend became ill while in withdrawal then found out that a skin cream they were prescribed also contain a Benzodiazepine. It can also have an unknown cause but after mine and others experiences, if it began on prescribed or over the counter bought stuff even Vitamins I would consider looking in it that as a starting point of finding the cause then healing yourself. Taking more drugs to put right the damage one poison has caused is NOT the answer either.
Andrea xxx
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