NRR: 33 decibels
Silences: Conversation, Rain, etc.
Reduces: A movie, a school bus
Locally available: Walmart
Available online, 33 cents per pair: Amazon
See how they are not that awful cone shaped mess though? Yeah, whoever designed these ones knows what they are doing. I have tried the cone shaped ones and they hurt :(
So, these are definitely my favorite earplugs and a staple for standardized testing. If you are highly sensitive to noise and find it distracting during exams, you might want to bring a pair to the SAT, ACT, or any AP tests.
(PS. I took the ACT today and brought earplugs and I am so glad I did. The proctor opened a window and so like cars were going by and everything and I could see them but I couldnt hear a thing! Perfect!!)
I also use them for homework as little things like birds singing outside, the washer and dryer ratttling my window, and my family members getting overwhelmed trigger my anxiety and really limit my productivity.
On the other hand, wearing these places me in my own bubble; I wish I would have realized earplugs work so well for me a few years ago. Its a bit awkward when you cant hear how loud you are walking or talking or going to the bathroom but honestly, I dont really care enough to constantly be messing with them. :)
(Another fun fact: When I was little I didnt really have a dream job. I just wanted my own bubble to live in. I also liked going outside in the rain to watch for lightning)
On the bus they reduce the chaos to a normal level so I can think, however I can still hear things if the radio is on because everyone wants to talk over it. I'm sure that they would also help with construction, lawn mowing, snoring, etc.
Still, I have two disclaimers about them that I must share:
- You will not be able to hear cars coming if you are wearing them. Be extra careful if you are walking on the road, say to get the mail.
- You wont be able to hear people or alarms trying to wake you up.
They are available at Walmart however I found the cheapest price is to order from Amazon.