Hearos Xtreme Protection Series earplugs are overwhelmingly popular for blocking out noisy neighbors or people snoring, and most users say they're plenty comfortable enough to sleep in. With a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 33 decibels, they can block out loud sounds like motorcycles, chainsaws and firearms. The only real downsides are their relatively high price, and they may become painful if you have small ear canals or, occasionally, if worn too long.
High noise reduction rating. The Hearos Xtreme Protection Series earplugs have an NRR of 33 decibels, the highest rating available for disposable earplugs. They're overwhelmingly popular for use while sleeping or to block out noisy neighbors and traffic, with only a few complaints about inadequate noise reduction. "My husband snores like a freight train (actually a freight train is quieter!) and so does my dog who sleeps with us. These ear plugs really DO work," writes one user at Drugstore.com. A few report taking the Hearos Xtreme to other noisy settings -- mainly concerts and motorcycling -- and say they block noise effectively in those environments, too.
Soft, but not the best. User reviewers say that Hearos Xtreme Protection Series earplugs are soft and comfortable, and they're easy to insert. "These are the plugs that actually will stay compressed long enough for satisfactory insertion deep into your ear canal," writes one user at EarPlugStore.com. They're good for people with average to large ear canals, and most users say they can sleep in them comfortably, although a few say their ears feel sensitive come morning. Others note that there's some variety in how quickly these earplugs expand to fit your ears, which can affect the seal you establish.
Pricey and disposable. The Hearos Xtreme Protection Series earplugs are made of polyurethane foam and designed to be disposable. At 64 cents per pair, they're on the high end of the price range for disposable foam earplugs. On the upside, while most users say foam earplugs can be cleaned and reused a few times, Hearos Xtreme Protection earplugs have a longer life than most. Many users say they can get at least three nights of use from them, and one EarPlugStore.com user says he can wear a single pair nightly for almost three weeks.
This website offers a comparative review of several earplugs, based on feedback from more than 1,400 users. Each earplug receives a user satisfaction rating (91 percent for the Hearos Xtreme), plus a reusability rating and some miscellaneous comments.
Review: Earplugs for Sleep: Reviews & Ratings, Nick Robinson, Dec. 26, 2013
Hearos Xtreme Protection earplugs have multiple listings at Amazon.com. Here, they get a 4.6-star rating from more than 380 users. They're preferred for dealing with noisy urban environments (or snoring spouses). Most users say they're comfortable enough to sleep in. There are mixed reviews of their noise reduction, likely related to getting them inserted properly -- one reviewer points out that there's some variation in how quickly they expand to fit your ears.
Review: Hearos Ear Plugs Xtreme Protection, 14-Pair Foam, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
Hearos Xtreme Protection earplugs receive an overall rating of 5 stars from more than 30 user reviewers at EarPlugStore.com. They say these earplugs block noise well in a variety of areas, including snow, music, chainsaws, motorcycles and shooting. However, one says they're so soft that they wouldn't seal properly in his ears.
Review: Hearos Earplugs Xtreme Protection Foam Ear Plugs Bulk Pack (NRR 33) (14 Pairs), Contributors to EarPlugStore.com, As of April 2014
More than 40 users give the Hearos Xtreme Protection earplugs a 4.7-star score on Drugstore.com. Most of the people who post reviews use these earplugs for sleeping in noisy environments, although a few wear them at loud music performances, too.
Review: Hearos Ear Plugs - Xtreme Protection Series, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of April 2014
About 16 users give the Hearos Xtreme a 4.4-star score in this Drugstore.com listing. The consensus is that they're great for sleeping in noisy urban environments, with just a few users putting them to other uses.
Review: Hearos Ear Plugs, Xtreme Protection Series, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of April 2014