How to block noise and get good night’s sleep

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Until we can compel our government to properly regulate noise, a little self-help is the only way to get a good night’s rest. Sadly, not everyone is comfortable wearing ear plugs while they sleep.  For them, NoisyWorld has come up with a list of ear plug alternatives to help you get through the night.

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  1. Anne Hollander

    One option that was not mentioned in this excellent article is custom-made earplugs. I learned about this option from a friend who is a musician. It turns out that audiologists can order custom earplugs for all kinds of situations, including sleeping. The audiologist will create a mold of your ear canal so the earplugs are made to perfectly. As a result of the custom fit, they work much, much better than over-the-counter earplugs and are much more comfortable. They fit completely inside the ear canal which means they are comfortable when sleeping on one’s side. I have a set of these and they make a big difference for my ability to sleep in my home, which is assaulted with concentrated airplane noise thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration redesign of the national airspace (airplanes now descend much further from airports and much lower than they used to, and they use GPS to fly over the same areas 24/7). My custom earplugs cost about $110 and were well worth the cost! I estimate that they block about 90-95% of the sound of the airplanes overhead. A very worthwhile investment.


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