He discovered them during his New Orleans trip last year — and immediately stocked up.
Now, he and I are known for getting excited over little things. Like, very excited. (Our wives often give us obliging smiles and nods as though we’re children. 🙂 )
But he was right. And if you wear earplugs these are absolutely terrific — especially for travelers.
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In high school, I played guitar in some bands and “ate” thousands of ear-level cymbal crashes. I’ve attended rock concerts ever since I was eight years old. (It’s a wonder I still have most of my hearing.) Some of my photo editing work required me to work at various music shows and festivals. I often found myself walking in front of huge PA and speaker stacks. Or subjected to ear-shredding screams and whistles from fans losing their minds as a band took the stage.
Short story long: I’ve regularly worn earplugs for about the past 15 years. But I could never find the “perfect” earplugs. Some were uncomfortable. Others muffled too much sound.
But the 3M earplugs are fantastic. (Disclaimer: I’ve held 3M stock for about the past year and a half — long before René introduced me to these earplugs a couple of months ago.) Their noise reduction rating is 33 dB (and I believe it). Plus, I think they’re very comfortable — even for extended periods of time.
Here’s how I tested them.
The cabin noise inside a Boeing 767-400 I recently flew from LAX to JFK seemed especially loud. So I popped in a pair of the earplugs. The noise didn’t completely disappear — but was significantly reduced. Focusing on my work became much easier.
I’m now a solid believer in wearing earplugs during flights when I travel by myself.
These were helpful during a recent stay at the JW Marriott Times Square. Music and partying rock on until about midnight.
I used to fall asleep while listening to music — and having the television on. Now that I’m older, I prefer my room to be dark and quiet.
But my wife occasionally watches TV while I fall asleep. I don an eye mask and pop in the 3M earplugs. They not only help me fall (and stay) asleep relatively quickly — but also prevent me from getting sucked into 90 Day Marriage at First Sight of a Pimple Popper in The Hills or whatever the heck those addicting shows are called. 🙂
I wore the earplugs to a Guns N’ Roses concert last month at the Fargodome in Fargo. The music sounded great and not very muffled. I didn’t feel like I was missing out on hearing the music.
In fact, I forgot I was wearing earplugs for those two-and-a-half hours of searing ‘80s metal. Only after the show when a friend said something to me did I realize the earplugs were still in.
Both René and I highly recommend the 3M foam earplugs. I think they’re great for travelers: they help limit airplane cabin noise and are great for sleeping. If any of your hobbies involve loud sounds (live music, aviation guns, children), I think you’ll like them.
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