There are no two ways about it: we take mums for granted. Whether it’s their constant emotional support or that unique way they know how to hug, mums are great (and do a lot of work we don’t recognise behind the scenes!) Make your mum feel pampered this Mother’s Day with a thoughtful gift designed for rest and relaxation from Earjobs. Her ears will thank you!
The Flare Calmer is the most hyped hearing accessory ever. A pair of hollow tips you insert into the ear, they don’t block any sound but instead transform how sound enters the ear, cushioning the passage of sound waves to reduce stress and audio fatigue. They are especially useful for individuals with sound sensitivity with many of our users remarking that these little devices make them feel more calm and relaxed in particularly loud contexts.
The Calmer Night does the same thing, with a few key optimisations for sleep. Made of a softer silicone with increased flexibility, the Night model is going to be far easier on the ears of side sleepers or anyone with sensitive ear canals. While they will not block noise, they will soften the impact of ambient night noise, allowing your mum to rest more softly before her 5:30 alarm (seriously, why does she wake up that early?)
For more information on the Calmer, including its possible application as a treatment for tinnitus see our extended review here.
What do you get for the mum who has everything (including a comfortable set of reusable sleep plugs?) An upgraded set, guaranteed to be the best reusable solution for side and sensitive sleepers.
The original Alpine SleepSoft was the most popular plug for side sleepers, due to a comfortable and flexible body that doesn’t place pressure on the sensitive inner ear. Every single feature you loved about the SleepSoft has been upgraded in the all-new Alpine SleepDeep. It’s our number one pick for reusable plugs, especially for side-sleepers or individuals with sensitive ears.
The plug’s core is made of a sound dampening gel. In contrast to typical filtered sleep plugs, this gel is far denser, blocking a wider range of sound. The SleepDeep is rated to 27 SNR, a full 4 decibels stronger than the original SleepSoft, with no added weight or rigidity due to the gel. It’s otherwise a soft and comfortable set, fitting all but the narrowest of ears, with a thermoshape tip that’s going to flexibly adjust to the shape of your ear canal. The shape of the plug has been adjusted to better suit the ear canal: once set, they’ll stay there — no more mid sleep adjustments!
As with all of Alpine’s range, these plugs are hypoallergenic (no silicone!), soft and comfortable, with a long-lasting body that can be worn up to 100 times. They’re easily cleaned, just wipe them with a damp towel or a wipe and allow to air dry before putting back in your ears. An included travel case makes these excellent for trips abroad, or just for keeping your plugs safe on the bedside table.
A white noise machine is a true jack of all trades for a calm and soothing household environment. You can use it to sleep, for meditating, for covering unwanted noise from your neighbours (or husbands!) as well as in a work from home context to aid focus.
For the mum who does everything (but really gets annoyed by the music from the neighbours), the LectroFan is a flexible white noise solution with twenty different non-repeating sounds. With ten fan sounds and ten white noise sounds, you’re free to adjust until you find the perfect noise for blocking, dampening or soothing.
Unlike many digital white noise machines, which use looping MP3s and inevitably cause frustration as you begin to identify when the sounds start and stop, the LectroFan instead generates the noise live. This means no loops and a consistently generated wash of sound to lull you to sleep.
It’s simple to control: two sound buttons, one volume button, with the option of a sleep timer to turn off after sixty minutes.
Let’s face it, mum has put up with enough noise and carry on over the past few years — and maybe it’s time to give her some peace and quiet. In 2022, active noise canceling plugs provide a new level of quiet and comfort.
QuietOn are industry leaders in electronic noise canceling sleep ear buds and the new model QuietOn3 is their smallest, comfiest and most effective set yet. In comparison to the original model QuietOn, the 3s are about 30% narrower and thinner, allowing for more comfortable placement in the ear and consistent fit over a whole night’s sleep. With four different included tip sizes, it’s going to suit almost every single size and shape of ear.
The QuietOn3 works through Active Noise Cancellation. The included soft foam tips create a sound-tight seal with the ear, comfortably preventing noise from entering. Next, microphones on the exterior of the unit monitor and filter out noise, gradually reducing common sleep disruptions like snores, rattling windows or the wind to something far more manageable. When worn, you feel this as a gradual slipping away of sound, it slowly disappears leaving you with the quiet necessary for sleep, work or study.
The included charging case stores the units between wears, providing up to 28 hours of power before needing to be plugged in. The QuietOn3 is the smallest active noise cancellation sleep plug on the market and a guaranteed winner for the sleep deprived mother in all our lives.
A nice stocking stuffer gift to round out Mother’s Day, the Dreamgirl combo set from Mack’s includes a comfortable contoured sleep mask, a set of the Dreamgirl soft foam plugs, and a travel pouch to keep it all together on your next family holiday.
Unlike a regular sleeping mask, a Contoured Sleep Mask shapes around the bridge of the nose minimising any light leakage to give the most comprehensive seal possible. The mask is made from a smooth and silky material not dissimilar to that used on underwear, making it a really comfortable and breathable sleep accessory even in summer. The contoured shape creates space around the eyes too, so no pressure on the delicate eyelids and no smudging of eye make-up!
The set includes a trial pair of the Dreamgirl ear plugs, one of the best foam plugs on the market. They’re a low density, high dampening plug, with a hollow design great for sensitive ears. Very little pressure is exerted on the canal when worn, while still managing to block over 26 decibels of sound — more than enough to stop snores in their tracks.
If you’re looking for that small extra something to push your Mother’s Day Haul over the line, you can’t look past a comfortable, consistent sleep mask, guaranteed to upgrade your sleep-ins.
Unlike regular masks, the Dozy is a 3D unit, with flexibly contouring eye cups designed to comfortably seal light. This blackout seal is going to comfortably block out all sorts of light: the sun through the window, your partner’s bedside table. No more arguments about staying up to read or leaving the blinds open — the blackout seal eliminates all.
The mask is completely adaptable (the eye cups can be removed and replaced elsewhere with velcro) allowing you to find a fit that’s most suitable to the form of your face and nose. The cups are padded and soft, like an additional layer of pillowing, so it’s suitable even for those front- and side-sleepers.
The strap at the back is similarly adjustable, you can attach it comfortably to suit your hair or the shape of your skull. No more pinches and tugs from an elastic strap. Similarly, the material is soft and comfortable all over, so effective for the sensitive sleepers out there. It comes with a bonus trial set of our beloved comfy wax — a great introduction to a mum who hasn’t slept with ear plugs before.