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eContact! 9.4 — Perte auditive et sujets connexes / Hearing (Loss) and Related Issues

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Hearing (Loss): Earplugs


A list of earplugs available commercially, with descriptions and explanations of the pros and cons of each type.


Cotton Balls. Available everywhere.

Cost: a couple of dollars for a bagful.


Fingers. Available pretty much everywhere.

While not the most inconspicuous form of hearing protection, these can be very effective in indicating to others that you find the sound levels simply too high, and may even encourage others to stand up (and leave) for the sake of their ears.

Cost: $0.

Models of note: Right and Left Index Fingers.


Foam Earplugs. Available commercially, widely.

After your own fingers, the most accessible and widely-available form of earplugs. Can be purchased in most drug stores, supermarkets etc.

Cost: $1 or so per pair.

Models of note:


Electronic Earplugs. Available commercially.

Used by police, military, hunters to increase audibility of very quiet sounds, while severely limiting sharp sounds, shots, flashes.

Cost: .

Models of note:


Headphones, Noise Canceling.

Cost: .

Models of note:


Musicians’ Earplugs. Available through an Audiologist.

Custom made to fit the individual ear and so must be ordered. Considered to be best for concert situations (listener), since they have a linear attenuation, creating the sensation of lowered volume instead of altered sound quality. Musicians may find that they are not ideal for use while performing, since they may considerably alter the sound quality. (?)

Cost: $150 and upwards.

Models of note:


Toilet paper or Kleenex. Available pretty much anywhere.

Simply roll the paper into a ball. A significant improvement can be made by rolling them around in your mouth (for spit) before putting them in. Good for airplanes. With a bit of preparation time, instead of spit (which will be absorbed / dry out), use peanut oil.

Cost: Nothing.

Models of note:





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