Types of Earplugs

Published June 11, 2019


There are many places we find ourselves in which have the potential to damage our ears. As a result, I have compiled this list of the type of earplugs to help you protect your ear from any harm. On the other hand, the experts at Doctear have also compiled lists for earplugs and earmuffs for all situations, you can visit their page. The type of earplug depends on the nature of protection needed, see below.

Types of earplugs

  1. Concert Earplugs. They are designed for people who attend concerts and have clarity. This earplugs have a NRR in the lower 20s and have the filtering technology which is often meant for musician’s earplugs.
  2. Musician earplugs. Musicians need to lower the noise but not so low to lose clarity. If the earplugs distort the sound, it can lead to a bogus presentation hence musicians consider clarity in their choice of the earplug. Unlike most earplugs which turn off the noise, the musician earplugs are meant to reduce the volume.
  3. Swimming earplugs. They are designed to keep water away from the ears of a swimmer which can cause an infection or irritation. They are mostly made of the soft moldable silicone but made to be a water-tight seal and comes in colors which can attract children and they float on water.
  4. Snoring Earplugs. Sleeping with someone who loudly snows and breaths inappropriately can be daunting. They come in great designs to completely block the noise but still be comfortable to the user.
  5. Sleeping Earplugs. This type is designed to give outstanding comfort while asleep while preventing night-time noises around people.
  6. Industrial Earplugs. This type must have a very high NRR to protect from the high industrial noise. In addition, they come in bright colors for safety reasons and complying with site rules and regulations.
  7. Shooting Ear Plugs. They are passive electronic earplugs designed for gunmen and hunters.
  8. Earplugs for Motorcyclists. They prevent the air which goes past the helmet from causing pressure on eardrums and damaging them. They also protect from the noise from motorcycle sound.
  9. Ear Plugs for Studying. They give students with loud roommates and notorious visitors opportunity to prevent their noise and concentrate on their studies.

The top 5 brands and types of earplugs

When you visit Doctear, you will find a detailed description of the below top 5 earplugs for 2019

  1. 3M Tekk Disposable Ear Plugs
  2. Howard Leight Laser Lite High Visibility Disposable Foam Earplugs
  3. Eargasm High Fidelity Earplugs
  4. The Ear Buddy Premium Soft Foam Ear Plugs
  5. LiveMus!c HearSafe Ear Plugs


There are many brands on each of the types of earplugs listed above. I still recommend that you visit Doctear for further advice and comparisons before you select your favorite pick. Depending on the nature of the protection needed, select your earplug appropriately. Your decision to protect your ears from damage is one of the best decisions you have made, I wish you well.

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