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How to make ear plugs at home


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The use of an ear plug gives people considerable advantages: they not only help to sleep peacefully at night or study quietly in a noisy room, but also protect against hearing loss caused by noise. If you urgently needed ear plugs to muffle loud noise for an hour or two, you can try making earplugs from toilet paper. If you need something more durable, you can think about making an earplug from cotton balls and polyethylene or purchase a special kit for making individual earplugs.

Earplugs - what are they for?

Earplugs are called special devices that are used to protect the hearing aid from adverse noise. Usually they have a cylindrical shape. The name of the product comes from the phrase "take care of your ears."

Inserts are divided into different types depending on the purpose. Earplugs are available for:

  • sleep
  • diving
  • shallow water bodies
  • airplanes.

At home, liners for sleeping are most often used. Thanks to them, you can protect your ears from annoying repair sounds or from too loud walks in the next apartment.

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From the headphones

For their manufacture, you need to purchase ear tabs for swimming in advance. They are very flexible, soft, and also do not cause discomfort. Ear tabs must necessarily correspond to the size of the ear canal and not cause discomfort in the ear.

First of all, remove the sleeve from the headphones, and then treat them with an antibacterial agent.

Still need to purchase silicone earplugs. Now at the top of the plugs you need to make a small hole with tweezers, and then put them on the headphones like a removed sleeve.

If you correctly make earplugs from headphones, then with their help you can isolate yourself from sounds of different volumes. Use them is allowed no more than 3 weeks. Thanks to silicone inserts, the device will not rub, and the ear space will be well filled.

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Set for the manufacture of individual ear plugs

You must purchase a special kit that is designed for the manufacture of ear plugs. Its advantage is that a person can make earplugs that will repeat his anatomical shape of the auricle. Such earplugs are much more effective and more convenient than others.

Such kits are sold in some stores, but it is easiest to order them online.

Production begins with the fact that the material that is in the set must be divided. It will be of different colors, as well as in separate packaging. Each material should be divided into two identical pieces.

Now you need to mix with each other the material of different colors. They need to be mixed well until they turn into a material of a uniform color, from which ear plugs will be made.

Now you need to put the material in the auricle. It must be pressed into the ears to such a depth that it is enough to block the noise, but there is no unpleasant sensation. Earplugs should sit comfortably and not too loose or tight.

Ear plugs must be left in the ears for 10 minutes. This time is enough for the prepared material to freeze. As a result, he will keep the accepted form. After 10 minutes, the device can be removed from the ears.

After that, the individual anatomical earplugs are completely ready.

Earplugs are a useful device that helps get rid of annoying noise that interferes with sleep or concentration. They can be made independently. To do this, you will need only the usual improvised materials that are in every house.

Cotton ear plugs

The easiest way to make ear sound isolators from cotton balls, usually used to remove makeup. Balls can be made of sterile cotton and non-sterile, because before using such home-made devices you need to wrap it with polyethylene.

Two pieces the size of a ten-copeck coin should be torn from a cotton ball. The pieces are rounded so that they easily penetrate the ear and do not press on the ear canal. Ready-made plugs should be of sufficient length, but not reach the eardrum.

To avoid the entry of cotton particles into the sensitive auditory canal, the preform is wrapped in thin polyethylene. The cotton wool is tightly wrapped with a film, leaving a small tip for conveniently removing the device from the ear.

After trying on, the products are fixed with a thin rubber band or ordinary thread for sewing. You can use them for 5-7 days. At the end of the specified period, cotton wool is contaminated, which can lead to the accumulation of bacteria in the ear canal.

Earplugs in the ears can also be made of plasticine, because it is very plastic and quickly takes the configuration of the ear canal. Such devices are made according to a similar algorithm. In this case, it is important to wrap plasticine with cellophane so that its particles do not get into the auditory canal, causing inflammation or irritation.

From old headphones

You can make earplugs at home from the in-ear headphones with rounded tips, and silicone earplugs will become auxiliary material.

First you need to remove the cover from the tips of the headphones using small scissors. A small round hole is made in the upper part of the earplug. To do this, you can use tweezers or a ballpoint pen without paste. Elastic bands are put on the tips of the headphones so that the previously realized round hole tightly covers the tip.

Typically, such earplugs do not completely absorb sounds, but only muffle noise. However, they are much more convenient than devices made of cotton.

Making earplugs using a special kit

What can be made of earplugs, which are characterized by maximum efficiency and comfort in use? Many online stores and other points of sale sell kits for self-manufacturing earplugs, with which you can make individual devices of anatomical shape.

The composition of these kits includes two types of materials that differ in color and are placed in different plastic bags. Each of the materials should be divided into two identical pieces, and then take one slice of a different color and mix together to obtain a homogeneous substance.

The resulting blanks must be inserted into the ears, pressing them to a depth sufficient to suppress sound waves. Then the ear plugs are left in the ears for 10 minutes so that the material solidifies and takes the desired shape. After that, they can be removed and used as intended.

From toilet paper

Sometimes ear noise isolators are used to muffle too loud sounds (at concerts, public performances, etc.). In this case, you can make earplugs with your own hands even from toilet paper.

Two pieces of paper are rolled up, turning into small balls. Then each of them is moistened with water and squeezed, leaving it slightly moist. You can’t do without moisturizing the material, since dry paper sticks intensively to the ears and causes inflammation.

Moistened lumps are inserted into the ear canal. If the size of the plugs does not fit, part of the paper needs to be removed or added. Such devices are used only once. Their repeated use can lead to ear infections.

General recommendations

In the manufacture and subsequent use of homemade ear plugs, the following rules should be followed:

  1. Before you start working with improvised materials, you must carefully wash your hands with soap with an antibacterial property.
  2. When screwing the plugs, it is necessary to place them at the very beginning of the entrance to the auditory canal.
  3. Store soundproof ear plugs preferably in a clean container. A small plastic container for food is well suited for this purpose.

The question of how to make ear plugs yourself arises for many, because earplugs may be needed at night, when most points of sale are closed. For the manufacture, you can use cotton wool, old headphones, toilet paper. However, it is best to purchase a special kit, since with it they make devices ideally suited to the shape of the ear. If self-made ones do not suit you, we advise you to choose ear plugs from the manufacturer.

Moscow State University M.V. Lomonosov

What are earplugs made of?

They make devices that protect against extraneous sounds from different materials. In the pharmacy you can buy products from silicone, foamed polyurethane and wax. It was noted that the softer the material, the worse the sound insulation. Ease of use directly depends on hardness. Therefore, when choosing, you have to choose between sound suppression quality and comfort.

You can make earplugs yourself, which are inserted into the ears before bedtime, from cotton wool and foam rubber. These materials are necessarily wrapped in film. It is also allowed to use old headphones, plasticine, special kits designed for the manufacture of such devices, and even the most ordinary toilet paper.

Fast earmold production

Homemade ear plugs at home are easiest to make using special kits designed to create earbuds, offered by Radians. They include two plastic parts of different colors made of silicone, which are mixed together and immediately after that are placed in the auricles. Just ten minutes is enough for them to freeze.

The advantage of such products is that they accurately repeat the anatomical shape of the ears. Therefore, their use is as comfortable as possible.

Ear plugs from old in-ear headphones

You can make earplugs from old headphones. In-ear products are equipped with tips that fit into the ear canals. Their reverse end remains on the outside. You can make earplugs from them as follows:

  1. Remove tip from tip. To do this, you need to scratch it a little with your fingernail. It is also allowed to use scissors for this purpose. The main thing is to make sure that they are clean.
  2. Buy earplugsdesigned for swimming in the pool. It is recommended that preference be given to products made of silicone. They are able to take the desired shape and do not cause a feeling of discomfort.
  3. Place the purchased earplug in the ear canalto make sure that it fits the size. If any part is left outside, it is cut off.
  4. Make a round hole at the top of the plug. For this purpose, you can use a ballpoint pen or a tip from the headphones.
  5. Put a gag on the tip of the headphones. The hole should fit tightly around the tip.

After this, it remains only to test home-made sleep aids.

Earplugs are convenient products that protect the sleeping person from extraneous noise and ensure sound sleep. You can purchase them at any pharmacy, but independently made devices turn out to be no less practical. There are several ways to make them. It is enough to choose the most suitable, and you can begin to work.