Reviewers say Hearos Xtreme Protection Series earplugs are highly effective at reducing noise and very comfortable. They are rated for 33 decibels (dB) of noise reduction, and they work well to reduce a variety of very loud sounds, such as motorcycles, shots and chainsaws. Users say they're also great for blocking out noise during sleep.
Highest noise reduction rating. The Hearos Xtreme Protection Series earplugs have a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 33 dB, the highest rating available for disposable earplugs. In his review, "The Best Earplugs for Sleeping," Ethan Greene names Xtreme Protection as the best earplugs "if noise reduction is your number one need." Hearos Xtreme Protection earplugs work well in a variety of environments besides sleeping. Customers on Amazon.com and EarPlugStore.com note that the earplugs work well when motorcycling, shooting and using chainsaws, as well as at music concerts.
Soft, but not the best. Hearos Xtreme Protection Series earplugs are soft and comfortable, but they are not as comfortable as other earplugs on the market. Customers on Amazon.com describe the earplugs as "squishy" and "comfy," but they also say that they had some pressure and pain after sleeping with the earplugs in their ears all night. One customer also notes that if the earplugs are worn for a few hours, they become uncomfortably warm.
A few users complain that the earplugs fall out easily, and some say the soft earplugs don't seal properly.
Inexpensive, but disposable. The Hearos Xtreme Protection Series earplugs are made of polyurethane foam and designed to be disposable. At 36 cents per pair, the cost of the Hearos Xtreme Protection earplugs is comparable to other disposable foam earplugs. Most users say foam earplugs can be cleaned and reused a few times before disposing of them, but the Hearos Xtreme Protection earplugs have a longer life than most. Customers on Amazon.com say that with the proper care, they can make a pair last anywhere from a week to a month. SleepLikeTheDead.com agrees, as the Hearos Xtreme Protection earplugs are the only earplugs given a good rating for reusability out of the top-rated earplugs for sleeping.
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Review Credibility: Very Good SleepLikeTheDead.com is a website dedicated to reviewing sleep products. In their earplugs review, they rate the top six earplugs based on more than 750 user reviews. Hearos Xtreme Protection Series has an owner satisfaction rate of 94 percent, and its reusability is considered good. On the downside, a small percentage of owners complained that the earplugs didn't stay in and that they didn't block noise well. SleepLikeTheDead.com does not detail how they obtained the reviews from the owners, and they don't list those earplugs with low ratings.
Review: Earplugs for Sleep: Reviews and Ratings, Nick Robinson, Nov. 3, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Users on Amazon.com give Hearos Xtreme Protection an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in more than 190 reviews. They say the Xtreme Protection earplugs are comfortable and effective for sleep, especially with snorers and in urban environments. Some users say the earplugs are more effective than the other Hearos earplugs, the Ultimate Softness Series. On the downside, some users find they have some pressure or pain after sleeping in the Xtreme Protection earplugs, and, though not uncomfortable, they could definitely feel the earplugs when sleeping on their sides.
Review: Hearos Ear Plugs Xtreme Protection, 14-Pair Foam (Pack of 3), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good EarPlugStore.com is an online retailer dedicated solely to earplugs and hearing protection. There are fewer user reviews here than on Amazon.com, but the users are knowledgeable about earplugs and have often tried multiple types. Hearos Xtreme Protection earplugs receive 4.5 out of 5 stars overall, based on 33 reviews over several packaging options. Users find the Xtreme Protection earplugs work well in a variety of areas, including snoring, music, chainsaws, motorcycles and shooting. One user says the earplugs are too soft and wouldn't seal properly in his ear.
Review: Hearos Earplugs Xtreme Protection, Contributors to EarPlugStore.com, As of May 2013
Review Credibility: Fair As a blogger focused on ways to improve Ethan sleep, Green researches and tests various earplugs. He names Ohropax as the best wax earplug, Hearos Ultimate Softness Series as the most comfortable foam earplug and Hearos Xtreme Protection Series as the best foam earplug for noise reduction. While he does offer helpful information on what to look for and tips for using earplugs, Green doesn't detail what other earplugs he tested or his criteria for naming these earplugs as his top three.
Review: The Best Earplugs for Sleeping, Ethan Green, Sept. 28, 2012