Quiet, please! Finding the best ear plugs. - By Ulrich Boser - Slate Magazine
The Sound of Silence
Sussing out the ear-plug market.
By Ulrich Boser
Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at 7:24 AM ET
The first time I used ear plugs, I thought I'd reached nirvana. I was trying to study in my college dorm room while my roommate blasted the Grateful Dead so loudly it would have made Jerry Garcia's ears ring. So I rolled a set of foam plugs between my fingers, pushed them deep into my ears, and—silence. How sweet! How golden!
It was the start of a long and quiet affair. I now regularly wear foam ear plugs when I'm reading, working, and sleeping. In fact, I recently realized that some days I wear my plugs for 16 hours or more, longer than I use any other personal item, including my computer, glasses, and clothes. That insight made me sigh loudly—and so I quickly pushed the stopples back into my ears.
------a review of earplugs, some are quieter than others.