Universal earplugs materials – silicone or foam?

“Silicone or foam earplugs?
Uhm… That depends, which is best for festivals?”

Universal earplugs are made of silicone or foam. Silicone is more expensive and lasts longer. Foam, on the other hand, is very cheap, but wears out quickly. There are some pros and cons with both materials. We’ll list the pros and cons in this article, and we’ll conclude which material performs best at a festival.

Silicone earplugs

Silicone is a sturdy but flexible material. They are available in the same shapes as foam earplugs, the well-known cylinder or cone shape, but more often, we see them in the ‘lamellae design’. Some kind of umbrella or Christmas tree design. You can get them with, or without filter. The main advantage of silicone is that it doesn’t absorb dirt. This makes them easy to clean and therefore much easier to use compared to foam earplugs. The disadvantage of foam earplugs is that they are more expensive. But you’ll get earplugs which will last several years if you’ll maintain them properly. If you are someone who wears earplugs more often, silicone earplugs will help you to save money in the long run.

Foam earplugs

Foam earplugs often have the shape of a cylinder or cone. You twist them between your thumb and forefinger into a stick, and it’ll grow/ expand in your ear canal. This allows for your hearing to be properly disconnected. On average, these plugs attenuate up to 35 decibels. The material may start to irritate after a while, and it does absorb dirt.
This may cause annoying ear infections, which is why it may be wise to use them only once.It shouldn’t be a problem as the material is very cheap. These earplugs are perfect for one time use.

Silicone or foam earplugs at a festival?

As a rule of thumb, if you are unsure what kind of universal earplugs will perform best at a festival, go for silicone earplugs with an umbrella design. Please note that the material of the earplug does not say anything about the quality of the earplug.

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