How to Block Sound With Ear Plugs

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How to Block Sound With Ear Plugs
Use disposable ear plugs to keep ears safe. (ear plugs image by Alison Bowden from

You can block loud or annoying sounds by wearing ear plugs. Blocking sounds can give you relief from a neighbour's crying baby or a snoring partner, or protect your ears from the noise of loud equipment or artillery fire. There are different types of ear plugs, and each offers varying degrees of sound protection. All ear plugs fit inside the ear canal and block sound by preventing sound waves from entering your inner ear.

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Things you need

  • Antibacterial soap
  • Ear plug

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  1. 1

    Clean your hands with an antibacterial soap. Never touch your ears with dirty hands.

  2. 2

    Grasp the ear plug between your thumb and forefinger. Squeeze the ear plug until the foam cylinder is compressed. Roll it between your two fingers to make the plug as small as possible.

  3. 3

    Use your opposite hand to pull up and slightly back on your outer ear. With the other hand, insert the ear plug into the ear. Push the ear plug into the ear for two seconds. This will give the ear plug time to expand and fill up the ear hole.

  4. 4

    Readjust or remove the ear plugs by twisting them slightly. Slowly pull the plugs from your ears.

Tips and warnings

  • Never jam or force an ear plug into your ear. This can damage your ear drum.

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