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Best earplugs

2020 Camino Guides

Margaret Butterworth

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013 (Pamplona to Burgos)
2014 (Burgos to Villafranca del Bierzo)
2015 (Villafranca to Santiago)
2016 (Le Puy to Conques; SJPP To Pamplona)
Everyone needs earplugs on the Camino (and for us Aussies to use on the plane getting over there). There are many types on the market, but I've yet to find some that are really effective. Advice needed!
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I purchase these from Walgreens and have been very happy with them. They block out snoring on the camino and when I wake up in the morning and remove them I am astounded at all the activity around me...pilgrims walking about and lots of bag rustling that I didn't hear. (I didn't pay nearly this much though...approx. 6 pair came in a case for about $7.
 

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Phoenix

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2014, CF: partial
2016, CF: SJPdP to Burgos/Leon to SdC
2018, CF: partial
2019, CP
Through both work experience and on Camino, I've found that earplugs that insert into the ear canal can cause irritation with repeated use, not to mention the need to readjust throughout the night. The reusable, moldable silicone earplugs (commonly referred to as swimmer's ear plugs, example linked below) don't insert into the ear canal, rather they fill up the outer ear (concha).

Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs
 

linkster

Nunca dejes de creer!
Camino(s) past & future
CF (17) Sarria - Portomarín
CF (17) SJPdP - SdC
CF (18) SJPdP - Fisterra
CP (19) Porto - Muxia
I have used these earplugs on my last two Caminios. I am a side sleeper and they have not caused me any irritation. They do include a spare in case of loss, but I have not lost one yet.

¡Buena suerte! 👣 :D:cool:
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I have used these earplugs on my last two Caminios. I am a side sleeper and they have not caused me any irritation. They do include a spare in case of loss, but I have not lost one yet.

¡Buena suerte! 👣 :D:cool:
I have tried this type before but the stem sticking out bothered my rather flat ears on the pillow. I did cut it off which helped.
 

nathanael

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte Plata
I have used the pink wax ones I buy in Madrid at the Corte Ingles. they work for me
 

linkster

Nunca dejes de creer!
Camino(s) past & future
CF (17) Sarria - Portomarín
CF (17) SJPdP - SdC
CF (18) SJPdP - Fisterra
CP (19) Porto - Muxia
I have tried this type before but the stem sticking out bothered my rather flat ears on the pillow. I did cut it off which helped.
FYI, the pictures don't show the stem in the ear, but that little stem is there for removal of the earplug from your ear. The stem is supposed to be on the top. It is inside you ear, and lays against your ear canal. Maybe I am pushing them into far, but they do not stick out. They are easy to remove with the stem. The stem is soft, and made of the same material which is very pliable.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
I favour Laser Lite foam ones

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used to be issued with them at work for construction site use. Comfortable and have never fallen out while sleeping with them in. Wash after use but remember to change them regularly as they can be a breeding ground for nasties (we were told 5 days max even if you wash them after every use).

With regards to your fights to and from Oz consider noise cancelling earbuds. I use BOSE over the earphones on trains and planes but they'd be too clunky to carry with you on the Camino. BOSE, Sony and Jabra all make good in ear phones but make sure they're matched to your device: ipod and android can be different - you may even want to try sleeping in a noisy albergue in them!

Mind you good can also mean expensive, although considering the fact that you'll be spending what? 48 hours subjected to the best efforts of General Electrics or Rolls Royce to keep you from sleeping and "expensive" becomes a relative term!
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Jeff, I think these are the exact same ones I use. Probably the same manufacturer as the shape and the pink and yellow colors are one and the same.
 

judy jackstadt

Texas Judy
Camino(s) past & future
Spring 2017
Spring 2019
I’ve slept with a loud snorer for forty years. Go to an audiologist (doctor for hearing aids) and get fitted for custom made earplugs. They aren’t cheap. I paid USD140, but they are wonderful. When I walk the Camino I sleep with a tiny net bag tied to a ribbon around my neck so that the moment I wake up I can have a place to store them. I treat them like gold! Then I roll the ribbon around the bag and store in pack until the following night! Worked for two caminos so far.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2014, CF 2017,
I favour Laser Lite foam ones

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used to be issued with them at work for construction site use. Comfortable and have never fallen out while sleeping with them in. Wash after use but remember to change them regularly as they can be a breeding ground for nasties (we were told 5 days max even if you wash them after every use).

With regards to your fights to and from Oz consider noise cancelling earbuds. I use BOSE over the earphones on trains and planes but they'd be too clunky to carry with you on the Camino. BOSE, Sony and Jabra all make good in ear phones but make sure they're matched to your device: ipod and android can be different - you may even want to try sleeping in a noisy albergue in them!

Mind you good can also mean expensive, although considering the fact that you'll be spending what? 48 hours subjected to the best efforts of General Electrics or Rolls Royce to keep you from sleeping and "expensive" becomes a relative term!
I have also used the Laser Lite ear plugs in construction and on the Camino for 80 nights (total) of sound sleep. I always take extra to share with the unfortunates who f
orgot...
 

DeansFamily

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 18/916/10/17 Muxia/Finisterre 18/10-22/10/17 Norte 21/4-29/5/18 Primitive 20/9-5/10/18 VdlP
After trial and error we recommend the mouldable silicon plugs for comfort and silence. But luckily on the VdlP we are finding ourselves alone in the alburgue so need. Maybe when we get closer to Santiago they’ll get used more.
 

Aysen Mustafa

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
I plan on walking the Camino April 2018.
I have used the pink wax ones I buy in Madrid at the Corte Ingles. they work for me
I also bought some pink, I think silicone ones, in Leon I think. A couple of euros and 4 in a small clear box. Very effective , only problem no chance of hearing an alarm.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2008, 2009), Camino Frances (2011)
Porto to SDC (7/2017) Primitivo (9/2019)
I have worn these on many a Camino and many times all day. I work in the printing industry and I can tell you these are the most comfortable and best I have ever used.

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trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I also bought some pink, I think silicone ones, in Leon I think. A couple of euros and 4 in a small clear box. Very effective , only problem no chance of hearing an alarm.
Audible alarms shouldn't be used in shared accommodations anyway.
 
Camino(s) past & future
"Del Norte 2020"
September 2018 CP /
Sept 2016 CF
Product called Isolate by Flare Audio, bought a pair for my first camino, absolutely incredible, I still use to this day, well worth the investment.
 

caminoagogo

http://camino-a-go-go.blogspot.com/
Camino(s) past & future
Francés from Leon(2014)
Frances & Sanabres from Ourense (2018)
Portugués (2020)
With the foam earplugs, I didn't think they were very good until I actually read the instructions on the packet where they say to twist them and then insert them into your ears. After that they worked a treat.
 

Ian L

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances summer 2017 (SJPP to Fromista)
Camino Frances summer 2019 (Fromista to Santiago)
Through both work experience and on Camino, I've found that earplugs that insert into the ear canal can cause irritation with repeated use, not to mention the need to readjust throughout the night. The reusable, moldable silicone earplugs (commonly referred to as swimmer's ear plugs, example linked below) don't insert into the ear canal, rather they fill up the outer ear (concha).

Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs
I agree, the Mack's are very comfortable for long term use and work great.
 

truenorthpilgrim

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (Sept-Nov 2016)
Camino Podiensis/Le Puy (Sept 2019)
Camino Frances (Oct 2019)
Through both work experience and on Camino, I've found that earplugs that insert into the ear canal can cause irritation with repeated use, not to mention the need to readjust throughout the night. The reusable, moldable silicone earplugs (commonly referred to as swimmer's ear plugs, example linked below) don't insert into the ear canal, rather they fill up the outer ear (concha).

Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs

I swear by these earplugs! Industrial strength and a lifesaver👂
 

Jarrad

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2014)
Portuguese (2020~!)
Sounds like (no pun intended) the noise blocking capability may be more important to you than cost, so I have to second Judy J's recommendation to look into custom-made earplugs. I too paid in the vicinity of $140 US for a pair within the past year. I recommend visiting an audiologist and avoiding budget options such as through the hearing services provided by some big box stores.

Be sure to tell the audiologist that you will use them primarily for sleeping in noisy environments. He/she will make an ear mold that will fit perfectly on your outer ear and into your ear canal. Thus, you will get both excellent noise reduction and comfort.

Do not pay extra for the small handles built onto the outside of plugs to facilitate insertion and removal. They are not really necessary and will increase inward pressure on the ear plug if you sleep on your side. I bought mine initially for protection during target shooting and got them with the handles for convenience -- I will save $15 on the next pair and get them without.

I have used the silicone ear plugs referenced above. They are cheap and somewhat effective (i.e., not as effective as the custom made plugs), but had a tendency to drop out. Being soft and moldable, they are also tacky and so they are lint magnets that cannot be cleaned effectively. If one hits the albergue floor [shudder], you will want to toss it out. In the US, the most common brand is Mack's Pillow Soft Silicone Ear Plugs and they can be found on Amazon (package of six for about $4 US).
 

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