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FAQs

Here you will be able to find some frequently asked questions, but if your questions still have not been answered, please do not hesitate and contact us.

Is ordering with Allearplugs Safe?

Absolutely. Your card details are not stored on our server and our payments interface is provided by SagePay & PayPal. If you have any concerns over the security of your information or transaction, please don't hesitate to contact us

When does a noise become potentially damaging to hearing?

Sensitivity to noise is unique to the individual. However, there is a general rule that can be applied. A sound is considered safe to hear if it is 85dB or less, which is the equivalent of a telephone dial tone. Safe sounds include the whisper of a quiet library, the sound of a normal conversation and the noise of city traffic whilst in your car. However, harmful noises can include a train whistle at 500feet, the sound of a tube train, a power mower, motorcycle and power saw at 3feet. Hearing loss may occur with sustained exposure to sounds that are measured between 90-95dB.

It is not only the level of noise, but also the duration of exposure that determines whether it is a threat to your hearing.

Is hearing protection necessary for me to wear if I have already lost some or most of my hearing?

Yes it is, just because you have full or partial hearing damage or loss, doesn’t mean you’re instantly protected from further hearing loss through exposure to loud noises.  Hearing protection will help preserve what you have left and can prevent further hearing loss from occurring.  It is also known that with the proper use of hearing protection, in some cases, it can help prevent temporary hearing loss and help those who are experiencing temporary hearing loss recover from it, before the loss becomes permanent.

Is it possible that I could get used to the noises that cause hearing loss?

No. If the noise level seems to be duller than usual that is your ears saying that damage to your hearing has already occurred. The level of sound that a damaging noise emits will never change, which means hearing protection is required even more so when the sound appears to be lower.  With repeated exposure to excessive noise levels, you’re ears don’t get used it and combat against it, instead it simply deteriorates.

Can I keep a conversation flowing while wearing hearing protection?

Yes. Hearing protection such as ear plugs are designed to lower the level of noise you hear, not block it out. Some ear plugs are designed with different attenuating filters that allow the wearer to control the levels of noise heard and what damaging noises they want to block.  Some wearers who do not have any hearing defects have said that in a noisy atmosphere they can hear conversations and music clearer as they filter out background noises.

Are disposable or reusable ear plugs better for me?

It all depends on your preferences are. If you want to have one pair of ear plugs that you have to clean for hygiene reasons then reusable ear plugs are the best choice for you. However, if you are a bit clumsy and tend to lose things or you don’t like the fuss of having to constantly clean your ear plugs then the better choice would be having disposable.  A great time and money saver when it comes to disposable ear plugs are to bulk buy them.

What is the difference between disposable and reusable?

Apart from stating the obvious, but I’m going to anyway; disposable ear plugs are designed to be thrown away after a single use and reusable ear plugs are designed to be use time and time again, the main difference is the material they are manufactured in. Disposable ear plugs are generally manufactured using foam, whereas reusable ear plugs are normally made from silicone. Most reusable ear plugs use a non-allergenic soft medical grade silicone, with a majority of them being waterproof, suitable for swimming and water sports.

Do I need custom fit ear plugs or mouldable or pre-mouldable?

Mouldable ear plugs are designed to mould to the shape of your ear whereas pre-mould ear plugs are already moulded to a certain shape and size, which can be ideally suitable for children. These ear plugs tend to last around 4 years. Custom fit ear plugs are designed to fit every shape of ear and generate an extraordinary level of protection. There are the more expensive type of ear plug, but tend to last longer than traditional types making them cost effective.

What should I be looking for in ear plugs?


What you look for in an ear plug depends on what uses you want out of it. What do you need the ear plugs for? Is it for a gig/concert or for swimming? However the main factor you should look for in ear plugs is the NRR (noise reduction rating).  Depending on the level of noise you want to block or reduce, depends on the NRR level you need.

Will I be able to hear anything whilst wearing ear plugs?

Yes. There are no ear plugs out there that can block all sounds 100%. Ear plugs are designed to safe guard your ears from harmful sounds, and tend to reduce the level of background noise allowing you to hear some sounds. All of our ear plugs have a Noise Reduction Rating, or NRR. The strongest ear plugs are the ones that have a high NNR.

Can people tell I'm wearing ear plugs?


This all depends on the colour and size that you purchase, but most ear plugs are small and discrete. They only become noticeable if people look directly at your ear canal.

How much noise is too much?

Any noise above 85 decibel can be harmful to your ears after a long duration of time. However, any noise that hurts your ears, causes ringing in your ears or temporary hearing loss should be considered too loud and it is best to protect your hearing with a pair of ear plugs.

Noise Chart

20 dB Rustling leaves, mosquito buzzing
30 dB Whisper
40 dB Stream, refrigerator humming
50-60 dB Quiet office
50-65 dB Normal conversation
60-65 dB Laughter
60-90dB Snoring (yes, really!)
70 dB Vacuum cleaner, hair dryer
75 dB Dishwasher
78 dB Washing machine
80 dB Refuse lorry, city traffic noise

Prolonged exposure to any noise above 85 dB can cause gradual hearing loss.

84 dB Diesel lorry
70-90 dB 4WD vehicle
88 dB Underground station, motorbike engine
85-90 dB Lawnmower
100 dB Train
97 dB Newspaper press
98 dB Farm tractor

Regular exposure of more than 1 minute risks permanent hearing loss.

103 dB Jet flying overhead at 100 feet
105 dB Snowmobile
110 dB Power saw, symphony orchestra
120 dB Clap of thunder, disco
110-125 dB CD player at full volume
110-140 dB Rock concert
130-140 dB Jet taking off, shotgun firing

Do the prices on AllEarplugs include VAT?

Yes, all our prices include VAT as rated within the UK. VAT Registered GB 852 9309 08

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