The length of time that it is safe to wear ear plugs depends on the type of earplugs being used, as well as the individual wearing them and the situation they are being used in.
For disposable foam ear plugs that are commonly used to block out noise, it is generally safe to wear them for up to 8 hours at a time. However, it is important to ensure that the ear plugs are properly inserted and fitted to prevent any discomfort or injury to the ear canal.
If you are using foam ear plugs for more than a few hours, we thoroughly recommend replacing them before your next use. Not only is it hygienic to do so, the efficacy of the foam to block sound diminishes overtime. This is especially important on worksites where users may otherwise be exposes to dangerous levels of noise.
For musicians or individuals using custom-molded earplugs designed for prolonged use, the length of time that they can be worn safely may be longer. In these cases, it is best to follow the manufacturer's instructions and consult with a healthcare professional if there are any concerns.
Reusable ear plugs for purposes such as sleep as typically safe to wear overnight, but should be taken out soon after waking up.
It is important to note that wearing earplugs for extended periods of time can increase the risk of ear infections, particularly if they are not kept clean and dry. Additionally, if the earplugs are causing discomfort, pain, or irritation, they should be removed immediately.