Howard Leight MAX1 Earplugs Uncorded NRR33 Box/200 Count Reviews

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  1. J H Murphy "Hank Murphy" says:
    158 of 162 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Best I’ve Used, With Some Usage Experience, September 9, 2007
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    J H Murphy “Hank Murphy” (Agoura, California USA) –
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    As with the other revieweers, I use these for motorcycle riding, working with power tools, occasional shooting, and also for airplane trips. They do the job and are widely available in the U.S. if you forget yours. I will add some suggestions to the other reviews.

    1. The only real complaint about these generally arises due to ear canal size and configuration. Before buying 200, pick up the retail package of six sets and try them out for size. These are available in most chain drug stores.

    2. If they are too large, Leight has some other earplugs which may work better. If they are too small, try washing a pair among your clothes in a washing maching – just stick them in a pocket. This makes them puff up substantially.

    3. To insert, roll the plug between thumb and forefinger of the hand on the same side as the intended ear. When the plug is about half its original diameter, slide it in the ear quickly. It may help to slide the opposite hand over your head and pull up on the ear as you insert the plug.

    4. I find that these go in easily in the morning after a shower, but are more difficult to fit after lunch or in the evening. Any sort of lubrication that you don’t mind having in your ear helps. A little spit works fine for me.

    5. When you remove them, e.g. in the middle of the day for lunch, there will usually be earwax on the plugs. I usually just wipe that off with a napkin and re-use the plug for the afternoon’s efforts. YMMV.

    6. These can be re-used, but they’re cheap enougn not to, especially if one buys in lots of 200. Keeping them clean helps. Ideally, one need not do this, but I may run short on a trip and I’d rather re-use them than do without. There is a risk of infection if one overdoes this.

    7. I also use these when driving my truck with the windows down, but only one in the left ear.

    Finally…even if you don’t use these…hearing loss is cumulative, and it’s not going to get any better as you age. If you don’t use these, use something!

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  2. Karen L. Hamburg says:
    49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    can’t sleep without them, March 4, 2005
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    These are the best ear plugs I’ve ever used. Due to a medical condition, I have acutely sensitive hearing and have spent weeks at a time in the hospital. I literally am not able to sleep without them. These little guys are wonderful. Unlike the cylindical yellow competitors, the suface is smooth so my ears don’t get sore. The shape is easy to insert, and makes it difficult to pierce your eardrum or just flat lose it in your ear.

    My only problem with this product is that the smooth finish tends to stick in the ear when you get a bit sweaty or don’t get your ears dry after you bathe.

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  3. William Costley says:
    31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hearos XP vs. Ultimate Softness vs. Howard Leight, December 7, 2010
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    William Costley (Tucson, AZ) –
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    This review is from: Howard Leight MAX1 Earplugs Uncorded NRR33 Box/200 Count (Tools & Home Improvement)

    I got a little carried away comparing different brands/models of ear plugs this past week and thought I’d share my experience here. Of the following three, the Hearos Xtreme Protection are my favorite. If the length of this review looks daunting, just skip the rest and take a look at the three kinds of plugs I tried and my overall assessment of their key characteristics:

    HEAROS XTREME PROTECTION
    Noise isolation: 5/5
    Comfort: 4/5
    Price: 3/5
    Appearance/style: 4/5

    HEAROS ULTIMATE SOFTNESS
    Noise isolation: 3/5
    Comfort: 4/5
    Price: 4/5
    Appearance/style: 5/5

    HOWARD LEIGHT “SUPER LEIGHT” (same model as MAX1)
    Noise isolation: 4/5
    Comfort: 5/5
    Price: 5/5
    Appearance/style: 3/5

    I decided I needed some ear plugs after being at my wits’ end from having to constantly listen to the low rumbly bass of my neighbor’s stereo. It’s not that it’s that loud–but at any volume, constant repetition of a few single low-frequency notes really drives me crazy. I went over and knocked on the door, but no one answered; I’d bang on the wall and they’d turn it down, only to turn it up again half an hour later. I even tried expensive noise-canceling headphones (Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones) and even though they helped, they didn’t eliminate the noise.

    After reading many positive reviews, I opted for Hearos Xtreme Protection. They have an NRR (noise reduction) of 33, which is the highest I could find in a plug I could afford. I even checked the attenuation data on the back of the package and saw that the decibel reduction was, quizzically, even higher at the low frequencies I was hoping to eliminate. I purchased them and went home and promptly inserted a pair into my ears, which was easier than I expected. I have seen a lot of comments about how they are difficult to get the hang of inserting, but it’s really a piece of cake. Just don’t skip the part in the instructions about pulling on the top of your ear with your other hand, because that does make it easier to get the plug in all the way. As I heard the second plug crinkling gently as it expanded, I could almost feel the air being sucked out of my ear and a layer of silence emerging. Suddenly I was off in my own world where I could hear only my breathing and the faintest muffled sounds from outside. Once they were fully expanded, I was surprised at how comfortable they were. They exert only a slight pressure on my ears, but it’s not annoying at all. My neighbor was not playing music at the time, so I couldn’t test their effectiveness against it. However, several hours later I found out from my girlfriend, who had gotten home and been sitting at her own computer (in the same room) for the previous hour, that the neighbors had been playing music for quite a while. I never knew because the Hearos were doing their job that well! Tears almost came to my eyes. A caveat, though: I have another neighbor with a deafeningly loud car stereo that shakes everything in my apartment. I’m not sure these plugs will get rid of that kind of volume, but then again, I haven’t heard his stereo at all since I’ve been wearing them. (I will update this post when I have some real information about this.)

    After such a successful experiment, I decided to sleep in them. I could feel them when I was on my side, but they were not uncomfortable–just there. (I later discovered, thanks to some other reviews here on Amazon, that you can simply cut the end off of the plugs with scissors, which does not affect their sound-blocking abilities in the least.) Coupled with the fan on my window unit, I couldn’t hear a thing outside of the room. No annoying neighbors, cars, or anything…I didn’t wake up once. I used that first pair for about 4 days, and could have used them longer–you could wear the same pair for a week with no problem. About the only con to these plugs are the fact that they are bright blue and a bit long (though, as I mentioned, they can be cut), which means they’re not exactly discreet. But if you’re anything like me, you don’t really care what you look like in these things as long as you don’t have to listen to other people’s noise. Also, and more relevant for me, is the price. At about $0.60/pair in small quantities, they are the most expensive of the three. However, they are significantly cheaper if you buy them in bulk here on Amazon, especially if you are a Prime member and can get free shipping–this brings the price down to a much more reasonable $0.35/pair or so.

    I decided, “wow, if the first kind of plugs I tried were so great, what about the others?” Since Howard Leight Max plugs also have great reviews on Amazon, I picked some up at a local C/V/S (sold as…

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