For equipment to be effective, it must be used or applied correctly. This not only applies to mechanical equipment but it can apply to protective devices such as moulded ear plugs. Here is some information about self-moulding ear plugs and how to insert them so they effectively protect your ear health and hearing.
What Are Self-Moulding Ear Plugs?
Most custom earplugs are moulded in an audiologist’s office and made in a laboratory from silicone to help protect the wearer’s hearing from constant loud noises. They can also be used by swimmers to protect them from getting water into the ear canal, which can allow bacteria to develop. Although self-moulding earplugs can perform the same functions, they are made differently.
Instead of being produced in a laboratory, self-moulding ear plugs come in a kit to allow you to customise the ear plugs for your ears at home. Depending on the company, the ear plugs may be made from silicon or wax, which is mixed at home to form the material for the ear plug. The user would then put the mouldable material in his or her ear for up to 10 minutes to ensure a custom fit.
With other ear plug kits, the earplugs have already been made and all you need to do is soften the material with hot water and insert them into your ears to customise their fit. ZenPlugs are the leading experts for moulded earplugs. It’s important to get a proper fit to avoid damage to hearing if you work around loud equipment or ride a motorcycle; they can also help you avoid getting a swimmer’s ear when you go swimming or surfing.
When going to work, riding your motorbike, or going swimming, the earplugs need to be inserted properly for them to work effectively. Most moulded ear plugs fit inside of the ear so they shouldn’t be seen by someone passing by. If they can be seen, then they haven’t been inserted properly and will not effectively protect your hearing or keep water out of your ears.
To insert moulded earplugs, you may need to pull up your ears when inserting them so they fit correctly. Instead of just pushing them into your ears, they need to be gently rolled into the canal so they form a seal to keep out noise and water. Mouldable earplugs should allow you to still hear what is going on around you because they are not noise cancelling but they will dull the sounds so they will not cause harm to your hearing.
If the mouldable earplugs don’t seem to be working to effectively reduce noise so you can sleep or while you’re working, you may have to remould them. The directions for inserting and remoulding the ear plugs should be included on the packaging or a sheet of instructions included with the kit. Self-moulding ear plugs are an affordable way to protect your ear health and hearing.