Ear Plug In Ears

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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With textbook in hands and ear plug in ears, a student is ready for the most harsh study conditions imaginable: finals time. During the weeks of finals, college campuses across the country are in chaos. One third of the student body is crammed into last minute review sessions, one third is partying as much as humanly possible, and the remaining third has their noses glued to the books, trying to fit every iota of information into their brains.

Also vying for space in the student's heads are the sounds of the neighboring parties, tempting them with offers of the best music, the best food, and an unimaginably more relaxed atmosphere. Shutting the blinds and stuffing an ear plug in ears can do a lot to help, but it takes willpower. Quality ear plugs, though, can make a big difference.

Not all earplugs block out the same amount of sound. Some earplugs only eliminate as little as 10 dB. The best ear plugs, however, can cut out as much as 34 dB. Even the loudest party next door can be silenced by a 34-decibel reduction.

Ear Muffs on Ears or Ear Plug in Ears?

What are the factors to look for when comparing earmuffs to earplugs? With similar NNR ratings (a numerical value showing the approximate decibel reduction of a hearing protection device), the choice can be difficult. Earplugs have numerous advantages--they are smaller, usually cheaper, and much more readily available.

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