When trying to meditate, sometimes it seems that the slightest noise can take you out of your concentration. You are trying your best to focus on your meditation, but either the neighbor’s barking dog, kids playing in the next room, loud TV shows from the apartment next door, etc., can take you away from your peaceful breathing practice in no time. To help you with this problem I’ve created a list of the best ear plugs for meditation.
Yes, ideally you want to be able to concentrate no matter what’s going on the outside world. However, when you are just starting out with your meditation practice it can be quite a challenge. Why struggle, when you can do something practical about it?
I remember years ago when I was doing a meditation retreat, at the same time they were also giving some teachings on the top floor where I was doing my retreat. It was really easy for the mind to want to listen to the teachings since they were really interesting, I had to use ear plugs so I could focus on my retreat. Thank you ear plugs for helping me stay focused!
Understanding Sound Terminology
First let’s start with the basic information. When buying ear plugs, you’ll see some terminology that you might not be familiar with; such as:
dB: stands for Decibels which measure the intensity of sound. A Decibel scale is use for measurements. To give you an idea on this scale the sound of normal breathing is about 10 dB and fireworks is about 145 dB. So the higher the decibel level the louder the noise is.
NRR: stands for Noise Reduction Rating. The higher this rating is, the more noise it reduces. The highest NRR for ear plugs is 34 dB.
Disposable Ear Plugs
-Cost less at the beginning.
-Don’t have to be cleaned.
-They are usually made out of foam, so when inserted it can shape to the size of your ear canal.
-Have to keep buying over and over again.
-Over the long term this can end up costing more money.
-Not good for the environment since it creates more trash.
-May get loose and need to be refitted again.
-Depending on the design, may require rolling with your fingers before inserting to your ears.
Below are some disposable ear plugs:
Mack’s Pillow Soft Earplugs
-6 pairs per box.
-Noise Reduction Rating 22db.
-Made out of moldable silicone.
Flents Quiet Time Ear Plugs (10 Pairs)
-10 pairs per box.
-Comes with a case.
-The ear plugs are made of a soft foam that sits comfortably in the ear.
The Ear Buddy Premium Soft Foam Ear Plugs
-Noise Reduction Rating 32 dB
-Non-Abrasive, Highest-Quality Polyurethane Foam With Very Slow Rebound Time For Easy and Comfortable Fit Every Time!
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Mpow Foam Ear plugs
-Noise Reduction Rating of 34 dB
-Hygienic and Portable. With an aluminum case to carry. It keeps earplugs clean and away from damage.
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Reusable Ear Plugs
-No need to keep buying.
-Usually made out silicone which is hypoallergenic.
-Can cost more than disposable ear plugs.
-Need to be cleaned regularly.
Below are some reusable ear plugs:
SoundWave Noise Canceling Ear Plugs
-Comes with 2 pairs of corded ear plugs. One pair of NRR 23 and One pair of NRR 27.
-Reusable & Washable Hypoallergenic Silicone Rubber Material.
-Comes with a lightweight aluminum carrying container which is 2.6 inches tall and 1 inch wide. Small enough to carry on a keychain.
Noise Canceling Ear Plugs By EarJoy
-Blocking high and medium level noise and protecting your peace.
-Made out of silicone material.
Noise Canceling High Fidelity Ear Plugs by Tomas Marshal
-Made out of medical soft silicone materials.
-Comes with and ergonomic aluminum case, which can be carried on a keychain.
-Try them on, check it out here.
Noise Canceling Ear Plugs by Crioxen
-Comes with 1 Mini Aluminum Carrying Case.
-Made out of hypoallergenic silicone rubber.
The Best Ear Plugs for Meditation
Before buying any ear plugs make sure to read the company’s return policy. Most ear plugs are made to fit the general public. However, in some cases, people may require a smaller or larger size.
How To Use Ear Plugs for Meditation:
-Make sure you wash your hands before inserting them in your ears (especially for the foam styles since these require rolling them with your fingers before using them).
-If they don’t seem to fit well, try to insert them from a different angle. I remember the foam style that I had years ago required rolling and inserting them in a specific direction, otherwise it would not protect against the noise.
-Keep them in an easy to reach place when you sit down to meditate. This comes in handy when you are meditating and everything seems to be kinda quiet, but all of a sudden you start to hear some noises outside in the middle of your meditation.
-For your reusable ear plugs, keep them in their container when you are not using them. This keeps them protected from dust and dirt.
-Also, If you have any small children or pets, please keep your ear plugs in a hard to reach area, since they could potentially be a chocking hazard.
How To Clean Your Reusable Ear Plugs:
Earwax naturally builds in our ears, so make sure to clean your ear plugs regularly. Follow the specific instructions from the manufacturer where you got the ear plugs from (if there are any), otherwise you can do the following:
1. Place your ear plugs in a small bowl filled with water and mild soap.
2. Gently brush them with a tooth brush (make sure to get a new tooth brush since a used one can contain bacteria from your mouth).
3. Rinse with fresh water.
4. Gently pat them with a towel and then leave them to air dry in a clean place.
5. Place your ear plugs back in their container.
So are you ready now to mediate with less noise? Which type of ear plugs have you used for meditating?
I love hearing from you. Please leave me any comments or questions below and I’ll be happy to reply back.
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