These are called Etymotic earplugs, I call them hearing savers. I have the exact pair shown above (the blue one) – you can get them for about $20 and they are totally worth getting. The use case for these earplugs is when you have to be in a noisy environment, but you still need to hear what is going on. These plugs will just lower the noise/volume by 20dB allowing you to still hear what is happening comfortably and basically crystal clear without having to worry about not being able to hear later.
These are ideal for:
- Loud social events with loud people or loud music blaring
- Gun ranges – use circumaural ear muffs instead such as this here.
- Loud machinery – such as a hammer drill, hammering metal, circular saw etc…
- In-laws – no amount of ear protection will help you here
Gotcha: The setup
The simple fix
- Attach your earplug to the included holder or secure it to a flexible string with tape or something. If you are taping it, make sure to tape the diaphragm end (clear plastic) leaving the opening open (silicone part), away from the tape and inline with the string.
- You are going to have to do this for each plug individually:
- Left plug: Hold the string next to the right plug and helicopter the left plug in the largest circle possible as fast as possible for less than a minute. The centripetal force will force the water out of the plug through the opening in the plug.
- Right plug: Do the exact same thing, this time hold the string next to the left plug…
- Take the plugs off of the holder (or untape it)
- Inspect the diaphragm to see if there is any more water, there really shouldn’t be if you swung hard enough and there are no blockages in the opening or sound canal.
- Let the plugs air dry now, you can hang them or just lay them down – do not put them in the sun.