If your doctor has asked you to wear earplugs to protect your hearing, your next question is: How to put in earplugs? Surely you too know that if they aren’t inserted properly, you won’t be able to hear well. So, it’s well worth learning how to insert them and remove them.
There are different types of earplugs, so it would help if you learn how to wear each one of them before choosing the one you need. Yet another important reason to learn the method of inserting earplugs is that if you do it incorrectly, you could unknowingly damage your eardrum while removing it. So, just so that you’re 100% sure that you’re doing it the right way, it would help to spend some time learning about all the earplug types and how to insert them into your ears.
It’s not as complicated as it might sound, but it’s also not as easy. Once you learn, then it’ll be easy. Then you can decide which earplug would be right for you.
Inserting different types of earplugs: An important tip no matter which earplug type you choose is that you never touch your earplug without washing your hands.
Here are some leading earplug types that you can learn about:
Disposable Foam Earplugs: Hold the earplug by its larger end and position it between your thumb and forefinger. Roll the earplug and squeeze it till it flattens out and has no creases. Use your other hand to hold your outer ear, then lift and pull it back. This action opens up your ear canal.
Now, put the earplug into your ear. Check that you’ve pulled your ear to form a right angle so that it slides in easily. Wait about 30 seconds to check that it has settled down comfortably. Now, have a ear out to hear sounds in the environment. Can you hear clearly? Once you’ve finished using them, remember to throw them away, after all foam earplugs aren’t reusable.
Mouldable Wax Earplugs: It’s best to use these when you’re sleeping, swimming or trying to eliminate noise. These are very comfortable and mould themselves to any ear shape, offering a comfortable fit. Again, to fix them into your ear, mash them using your forefinger and thumb till they become soft and flexible. Next, squash the earplug against the ear canal and push down as if sealing it with the earplug. Pull your hair back before you start and handle these earplugs carefully.
Mouldable Silicone Putty: Mouldable silicone earplugs are ideal for sleeping, snoring and swimming. To insert them into your ear, mash them using your thumb and forefinger till soft and putty earplugs first mash the earplugs between your thumb and forefinger until soft and supple. Then squash it against the ear canal and block the area with the hearing protector.
Plastic Earplugs: If you’ve chosen to go with a plastic earplug, hold it by its stem and then place it carefully into the ear canal. Do you feel that the area is sealed under pressure? Don’t place it in the ear canal with force. If you are in any kind of discomfort, it means you’re going about it the wrong way round, so stop right now and remove it. Ideally, it should be placed comfortably, not by force.
Here’s a short video you can watch on how to put in earplugs:
Silicone Earplugs: These earplugs are available in a variety of sizes and are easy to insert into the ear canal. They needn’t be rolled or moulded and in fact, offer a snug fit. Choose the size that suits your ear and slide it into your ear.
Double Flare Earplugs: Take off your jewellery from your earlobes, wash your hands and earlobes with soap and water and dry both hands and ears. Wet a paper towel in hot water, fold it in half and place it on your ear so that it covers your pierced earlobe front and back. The hot water will relax the ear’s skin and make it elastic. When the paper towel turns cold, remove it.
Rub a little oil on your pierced earlobes, and then the taper, back flare and middle of your earplug. Insert the small taper end into your pierced earlobe. Push it gently until it makes its way to the large end. The large end of the taper should be aligned with the front skim rim of your pierced earlobe.
Now, hold the double flare plug so that the back flare is opposite the large taper end. Holding the taper firmly behind the pierced earlobe with your forefinger and thumb, push the plug in the direction of the earlobe while letting the taper pass through your fingers. You will feel the pressure being released as the plug passes through the pierced earlobe and shrinks below to fit snugly in hte middle of the plug. Now, repeat this on the other ear.
How to know if you have inserted your earplugs correctly: Wear your earplugs and enter a noisy zone to test how well your earplugs fit. Cover your ears with your hands. If the earplugs sit well, you won’t notice any change in the noise level. You can do this by cupping your hands over your ears. If the earplugs fit properly, you should not notice a difference in the noise level. However, if you find the noise level decreasing in this position, it’s best to try once more. In case your earplugs fall out of your ears, it means you haven’t fixed them correctly and need to practice the right way of doing it.
Removing Earplugs: This simple but important step should be done correctly, so do it right or you’ll harm your eardrum. To remove an earplug, pull it down slowly and gently break the seal. Then, pull the plug out. Break the seal slowly so that your eardrum remains intact.
Now that you’re aware of the options you have among earplug types, and the methods of inserting and removing earplugs, follow them closely and you will protect your ears from external noise and damage.