It might seem like an odd question but … do you know how to fit foam ear plugs?
While you might not be sure about how to get those foam ear plugs in, we’re about to help you find out just how to do that. You see, it’s not quite so challenging – though it is actually very easy to make a mistake.
You might see yourself laughing away on your next flight once you know this little set of foam ear plug fitting tricks. You’ll likely see people trying to stuff them into their ears, with little to no success. If you see that, you should probably look to help whoever it is who is making the mistake and show them where they might be going wrong!
It’s all about the little tricks which we forget to do. Thanks to the infographic below from the It’s A Noisy Planet* website, though, you will soon realise just where you might be going wrong. It’s the little differences that can help to make sure you don’t hurt your ears, or to make sure that you can even use the foam ear plugs in the first place.
So, take a look at what we have waiting for you here: you’ll soon see just how much of a difference that this can make.
See how easy it is to insert your foam ear plugs?
As you might have noticed, then, the problem you have is usually to do with the form and shape of the plug. If you put in plugs that make it hard for you to get them out, then you have not put them in right. If they go in with too much ease, to the point where getting them is out going to be tough, then you maybe were a little too tough on them!
With that in mind, then, we recommend that you spend a bit more time just trying to get used to this problem. take some time to look at the infographic again, and you will soon spot where you are going wrong. In fact, the most common problem is the first step; many people will merely condense it ever so slightly, instead of rolling it as small and as thin as they can get it.
Also, remember that you need to make space for it within your ear. Many people just try and force and cram it into the ear; this is not likely to produce anything other than trauma to your ear!
Try and instead just use the other hand to try and make sure that your ear canal is as straight as can be. Once you get these two simple steps right, you will find it much easier to get those foam ear plugs in without any discomfort.
So, if you are sitting next to someone on a flight and they appear to be having their own mini battle with a pair of ear plugs, show them this infographic: it’ll save them some serious discomfort!
* It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing® is a national public education campaign supported and administered by the US National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health. The campaign is designed to increase awareness among children ages 8 to 12 (preteens) and their parents about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.