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Might work for people with big ear canals
, 8 May 2012
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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