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What's The Difference Between Foam Earplugs & High Fidelity Earplugs?

What's The Difference Between Foam Earplugs & High Fidelity Earplugs?

Today we want to shed some light on a topic that is very near to our hearts and our mission as a company, hearing protection.

Specifically we want to demonstrate the difference between foam earplugs & high fidelity earplugs.

There are many ways to protect your hearing when you go out to a raves, clubs or festivals. But although there's a few options out there today we want to cover two of the most common forms of hearing protection:

1. Foam Earplugs

2. High Fidelity Earplugs

So we wanted to do a complete breakdown of these 2, their differences, pro's, cons and what you can expect from each. By the end of this short but informative article we ultimately hope you have a better understanding of hearing protection and which is the best for your particular environment.

Let's get started!

Foam Earplugs

What are foam earplugs?

Foam earplugs are exactly what they sound like - Earplugs made from a stretchy and soft, mushy foam. 

What kind of environment are they best for?

Typically people that use foam earplugs work in:

- Construction
- Work with power tools or heavy equipment
- Noisy factories
- Airport runways
- Near large machinery

And so much more...

People that work in these fields are working in very loud environments for extended periods of time (Think 8-12 hours daily!). And yes, a lot of these work environments are much, much louder than raves or festival speakers.

What are the pros of foam earplugs?

The pros of foam earplugs is that they can reduce noise up to 30 decibels and some claim to reduce even higher. This reduction is noise is superior than high fidelity earplugs noise reduction.

What are the cons of foam earplugs?

The cons with foam earplugs is that since they lack filters they simply muffle every noise out which results in everything around you sounding completely distorted and hardly understandable.

Typically if you're wearing foam earplugs and someone near you is speaking it will be very hard to understand what it is they are saying. Which means you would have to take off the foam earplugs to be able - Which defeats the purpose of hearing protection.

Now keep reading and find out how high fidelity earplugs compare.

High Fidelity Earplugs

What are High Fidelity Earplugs?

High fidelity earplugs are made from a super-soft, contouring silicone shell which include a small filter in between each silicone shell.

What kind of environment are they best for?

These kind of earplugs have been the preferred choice for musicians, artists, DJ's, festival goers, & even work environment where verbal communication is necessary.

What are the pros of High Fidelity earplugs?

The main benefit of high fidelity earplugs is their filter which located inside each shell.

These filters allow the full frequency spectrum to make it through to your eardrum but simply at a lower volume. 

So in essence the function of high fidelity earplugs is to simply bring down the volume of the environment you are in without muffling or distorting anything!

This allows you to listen to a clean, crisp & high quality sound just as it is naturally. Which is exactly why high fidelity earplugs are the go-to option for all music lovers, especially festival goers, ravers & even DJ's.

What are the cons of foam earplugs?

The only con with high fidelity earplugs is that when compared to foam earplugs they reduce noise up to 23 decibels which is slightly lower than foam earplugs (30 decibels) 

Now that you're a bit more informed about these 2 different forms of hearing protection I'm sure you can make an educated choice on what you will choose for the next rave.

And remember, any protection is better than none at all but if you enjoy quality & a good looking pair of earplugs look no further. 

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