Learn How To Safely Wear Silicone Ear Plugs
Created to protect and designed for comfort, soft silicone earplugs offer high levels of reliability while being able to adapt to various demands.
They’re also a product which has been proven to be effective, simple to use and available at a low cost, making them a popular choice amongst other similar products which are currently available on the market.
Keep reading ahead to learn how to safely wear silicone ear plugs!
The Many Uses of Wearing Silicone Ear Plugs
While silicone inner-ear plugs can be considered as the mid-priced option in ear protection products, they offer much more protection than foam plugs and greater versatility than the pre-moulded versions.
Commonly used as a safe sleeping aid because of the extra levels of comfort this design has over all rival products, you can block out obtrusive noises presented by everything from snoring partners to daytime noises suffered by shift workers. However, they offer much more than comfort and performance.
The fact they form a seal with your ear makes them perfect for multiple activities including sky-diving, swimming in shallow water and generally preventing dirt as well as loud noises entering your ear cavity.
Ideal for hypersensitive sleepers, invaluable for traveling and offering incredible value for money, silicone ear plugs are an irresistible solution for noise cancellation and ear protection.
Is it Safe to Wear Silicone Ear Plugs?
While silicone ear plugs can also be found in a pre-moulded, hard form, these plugs are uncommon and are an entirely different product to the soft plugs. As such, this article deals primarily with the softer, flexible version, beginning with one of the most commonly asked questions regarding in-ear plugs. How safe are they to use?
As with most things in life, using ear plugs is completely safe if they’re used correctly and as intended. This includes during your sleep, whilst flying and even swimming underwater in addition to regular activities in which your ears require protection from loud noises.
They are completely safe if they are used and maintained correctly. There are two potential risks that are associated, including damaging your ear through incorrect removal and the potential to cause infection if they’re not maintained in a clean condition.
Keeping Your Ear Plugs Clean
Ear hygiene is a criminally overlooked part of many people's daily cleaning routines, however, cleanliness must be treated with high importance in the safe use of ear plugs. Infections are typically caused by a buildup of bacteria or viruses in the middle ear, leaving the patient in severe pain.
While ear plugs do not often cause such a problem, they can collect earwax and provide a friendly breeding ground for bacteria if left in an unclean state. They could then act as the perfect vehicle, transporting bacteria into your ear canal and to the edge of your middle ear.
The good news, however, is that by cleaning them simply with soap and warm water after use, you can easily prevent any problems being passed into your ear. The only other factor you need to ensure is that they’re stored in a sterile environment and allowed to dry thoroughly before you use them again.
How Long Do Silicone Ear Plugs Last?
By preventing a buildup of earwax forming on your ear plugs, you can avoid them losing their elastic nature which in turn can cause infection through excess strain being placed on your ear canal.
While soft silicone ear plugs can be reused more than once, the expected lifespan of a set of plugs can vary between different brands. As such, it’s always best to check the manufacturer guidelines on the packaging to ensure you stay within the safety confines set out in their instructions.
A good rule is to always discard them if they begin to look worn or aged and especially when they begin to lose their malleability. Old ear plugs are not worth using if you believe they have potential to cause a problem but for any further specific guidelines, contacting the manufacturer directly will always provide the best advice. For only a small cost you can buy yourself some new ones.
How to Safely Insert Ear Plugs
Before you begin, the first step is to ensure your hands have been recently washed, cleaned and dried. Similar to using dirty ear plugs, your fingers are more than capable of transferring bacteria into your inner ear. As for the ear plugs themselves, they should only be worn in a dry, clean ear or you will find it impossible to keep them in place.
To insert them properly, begin by repeatedly squashing the silicone putty between your finger and thumb to slightly heat up the silicone, making it more malleable in the process.
Once it has a soft, pliable consistency, move your hair from around your ear and place the ear plug loosely into position over your canal before firmly pressing it into place with the pad of your thumb.
A good tip is to roll the silicone into an approximate cone shape, then apply a moderate amount of pressure for between 10 – 15 seconds. This allows the silicone to shape itself into the internal space within your ear, whereby it’s quality of shape-memory will hold it firmly in position.
If the plugs have fit correctly, they will constantly stay in position and you will also notice the effect of their noise cancellation capabilities.
How to Safely Remove your Silicone Plugs
While inserting you ear plugs proves no real risk to your ears, removing them requires a little more care and attention. It is vital that you don’t rush to remove them from your ear canal as breaking the seal too quickly can easily damage your eardrum.
A small vacuum is formed behind the seal when removing the silicone, which results in a pressure being created through suction much in the same way a sink plunger works.
To remove your ear plugs safely you should carefully nip the silicone between thumb and forefinger, then slowly apply a pulling force from the outer edge of the silicone seal. By slowly pulling the edge away from your ear you will ease it out of position and break the seal it has formed with your ear.
This will prevent your ear drum being stressed and also prevents breaking any of the silicone and leaving it behind in your canal.
Get Your Silicone Ear Plugs from ThreeScope Today!
Now that you are aware of how ear plugs work, when they’re used, and how to safely insert and remove them from your ears, you are ready to try them yourself. Visit ThreeScope's online shop for your very own pair of Silicone Ear Plugs.
Whether you require them for ear protection or noise control, they were designed for your ultimate comfort and safety. Follow our guide to wearing Silicone Ear Plugs and you will have great success with your new purchase.