If you have ever tried studying in a room full of people, you know that it becomes too difficult to concentrate. Sometimes it gets difficult to find a silent place to study but there is an easy solution. Earplugs can block the external noise and let you concentrate.

Even in a quiet room. Sometimes it’s just too quiet that slight noises becoming even more distracting. We’ve already looked at listening to music while studying and that’s not always the answer either and that’s where earplugs come in.

As I’m writing this from a busy area I’m not actually listing to music – but I have headphones on just to dull the noise and help my concentration. Earplugs are not as common as they used to be but honestly blocking out all noises and not just replacing it with something else can be really good for your productivity.

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It is important to understand how earplugs work. Besides blocking the external noise, they need to be comfortable to wear as well. If the earplugs are not comfortable enough, you won’t be able to wear them for long hours.

If you wind up constantly fidgeting with them and having to adjust them they’ll just become more of a distraction than anything else.

Different Types Of Earplugs

There are basically three different types of earplugs, i.e., foam, moldable and flanged.

– Foam

Foam earplugs are quite inexpensive and are often available in sets. The foam earplugs are made of memory foam and you can insert them into your ears with the roll method.

You can twist a foam earplug and compress it to turn it into a tube before inserting it into your ear. Hold it in the appropriate place and release it to allow it to expand. Foam plugs block the external noise effectively and they allow you to focus on your studies.

– Moldable

The moldable earplugs are another great option to block the external sound. Originally, they were made out of beeswax but later manufacturers started using silicone putty. Silicone putty is a waterproof material and it does not melt easily.

To use one, you can shape it into a ball and push it to fill the outer ear around the canal. As they can mold according to the shape of your ears, they offer amazing sound blockage.

– Flanged

The flanged earplugs offer a very good noise reduction but don’t create an issue when you need to listen to speeches, music, and other sounds. They’re made of silicon and resemble Christmas trees in appearance.

The flanged earplugs are manufactured while keeping the listenability in mind. They all use a filter inside to offer various levels of noise reduction.

Before you buy earplugs, you should know the size of your ears before you get the earplugs. You can try using different earplugs to get an idea of the size of your ear canal.

How To Find The Best Earplugs For Studying?

– Noise Reduction

The earplugs need to have a good noise reduction as you want to block all external sound. You can check the NRR(Noise Reduction Rating) of the earplugs to ensure that they’re capable of blocking the noise effectively.

– Easy To Use

The earplugs must be easy to use and you must be able to plug them inside your ears without any difficulty. For instance, if you’re buying a foam earplug, it should not expand too quickly before you plug it inside.

– Comfortable

The earplugs must be very comfortable to wear and they must fit snugly without causing any discomfort to your eardrums or canal.

– Fit Properly

If the earplugs fall out too quickly, they will only cause distractions. That’s why it is important to know the size of your ear and you must try different ones.

– Material

For studying, the moldable or foam earplugs can work very well as you would like to block all external noise.

Is It Safe To Use Earplugs?

It is important to understand how sounds work. The sound is a wave that can travel through air, water, glass, metal, etc. The sound waves travel through the air and hit our eardrums. As our eardrums vibrate, our brain receives the signals and interpret it as sound.

If you don’t overuse them and don’t wear them all day long, earplugs should not cause any issue. In fact, they can totally help you avoid any hearing loss that might occur due to loud noises. Give your ears some break between your study sessions and allow them to breathe.

Earplugs can greatly help you if you are finding it difficult to focus on your studies in noisy environments. You must know the size of your ears, choose the right material and make sure that they fit comfortably.

With the right set of earplugs, you can study almost everywhere without getting distracted. Never use earplugs that are not too comfortable to wear as they cause a lot of issues like a headache, ear fatigue etc.