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How to wear soft foam earplugs.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2003 Mar; :Video
To get the best protection from your soft foam earplugs, remember toroll,pull,andholdwhen putting them in. Use clean hands to keep from getting dirt andgerms into your ears! 1.Rollthe earplug up into a small, thin "snake" withyour fingers. You can use one or both hands. 2.Pullthe top of your ear up and back with youropposite hand to straighten out your ear canal.The rolled-up earplug should slide right in. 3.Holdthe earplug in with your finger. Count to 20 or30 out loud while waiting for the plug toexpand and fill the ear canal. Your voice willsound muffled when the plug has made agood seal. Check the fitwhen you're all done. Most of the foam body of the earplug shouldbe within the ear canal. Try cupping your hands tightly over your ears. If soundsare much more muffled with your hands in place, the earplug may not be sealingproperly. Take the earplug out and try again.
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How to wear soft foam earplugs
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division