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- Purpose. For use in the water you're better off with earplugs which are non-porous, i.e, plastic or silicon. For use in bed make sure they don't protrude from your ears.
- Cost. Foam earplugs are the cheapest but don't last long, can be uncomfortable and can contribute to ear infections. Moulded earplugs are the most expensive but are more comfortable and last longer. You can cut the cost by buying a moulded earplug kit.
- Duration of use. If you use your earplugs often or for prolonged periods it's probably worth buying moulded earplugs which will be more comfortable and last for longer.
- Materials. Foam, silicone and wax are the commonest materials used for non-moulded earplugs. They tend to deteriorate with use and become dirty but can easily and cheaply be replaced.
- Antibacterial properties. Some earplugs contain an antibacterial. This is worth considering if you are prone to ear infections or wear your earplugs for prolonged periods of time.
- Colour. You may have a choice of colours with some earplugs.
The ZenPlugs website has excellent moulded earplug kits you can use for many different purposes, including sleeping, snoring and swimming.