3 Ways to Make Ear Protectors

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3 Ways to Make Ear Protectors
3 Ways to Make Ear Protectors

Ear protectors have numerous benefits: in addition to helping you get a better night's sleep or studying in a noisy environment, they can also protect your hearing from noise that could harm it. If you need protectors to block noise for a short time and cannot buy a pair, try improvising with toilet paper. If you're thinking of something for the future, it's a good idea to make pads out of cotton balls and plastic.


Method 1 of 3: Preparing Protectors with a Kit

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Step 1. Purchase a kit of earplugs

Marketed kits allow you to assemble your own pair of protectors at home. Custom modeling makes kits more effective and comfortable than other types of protectors.

You can find kits in virtual and physical stores

Step 2. Separate the materials

Earplug kits typically come in two types of materials, in separate packaging and in different colors. Take each of them and break the pieces into two equal-sized pieces.

Step 3. Mix the materials

The next step is to mix the two materials together to create the earplug. Take the two colored foams and squeeze them together, like plasticine, until they reach a uniform consistency and color.

Step 4. Press the foam into your ears

When the materials are well mixed, place the pieces in both ears. Press the foam in tightly to block out sound, as you would any other type of earplug.

Don't push the play dough too deep, to the point that it hurts or annoys you. Also don't make it too loose

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Step 5. Leave the ear plugs in the ear for ten minutes

This is the time it takes for them to dry and maintain their shape. When you remove them, you'll have your own pair of custom protectors.

Method 2 of 3: Improving with toilet paper

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Step 1. Get some toilet paper

You'll need two dry pieces of paper, crumpled up into two balls. The pads should be big enough to fill the ear canal, but not squeezing.

  • Only use toilet paper during an emergency, when there is no other option. Frequent use is dangerous as the paper can stick to the ear and cause an infection.
  • Paper is an improvised solution that should be used for a few hours at most. This is an option for those who need to mute the sound during a show, for example. If you need to cover your ears to sleep better, don't use toilet paper.

Step 2. Lightly dampen the paper wads

Hold the paper under running water for a few seconds to completely moisten it. Squeeze to remove excess water until they are just damp.

  • The pads may shrink a little. Add a little more paper if they are too small for your ear.
  • Wetting the paper is important for sound blocking. In addition, dried paper fibers can also cause infection if they poke or stick to the ear.

Step 3. Place the paper balls in the ears

Make sure the fit is comfortable and make any necessary adjustments by adding or removing paper from the wads.

Crumple the paper again, forming a ball, before replacing it in the ear canal

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Step 4. Discard the protectors when removing them

Do not reuse a toilet paper earplug, or you risk developing an ear infection. Discard them as soon as you stop using them.

If you still need protectors, use new, clean pieces of paper

Method 3 of 3: Making Cotton Pads

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Step 1. Buy a pack of cotton balls

Packages are available in different sizes and quantities at pharmacies, perfumeries and supermarkets. Choose what works best for you.

  • Give preference to medium cotton balls.
  • It doesn't matter if the package does not say that the cotton is not sterilized, as it will be wrapped in plastic anyway.

Step 2. Wash your hands

Sanitizing during cotton handling is important to reduce the possibility of an ear infection.

Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and warm water. Dry them with a clean towel

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Step 3. Separate a small piece of cotton

Roll it in your hand until it forms a small ball that fits comfortably in your ear canal.

Step 4. Wrap the cotton ball in plastic

Use a flexible, non-stick plastic such as PVC film. Cut a piece large enough to loop through the cotton and leave a swatch. The idea is to prevent the harmful cotton fibers from coming into contact with the ear canal, which could cause an infection.

  • Wrap the plastic tightly so that it covers the cotton without deforming it.
  • If you are going to use scissors to cut the plastic, clean it first with antibacterial soap or detergent.

Step 5. Test the protector fit

Lightly insert the cotton into the ear canal to assess its fit. See if the shape is comfortable in the ear.

  • The fit should be firm, but not squeezing or stretching the ear canal. If the cotton is loose, adjust its size as well.
  • Add more cotton if it's loose in the ear or remove a little if it's tight.
  • Do not push the cotton too deep, or you could damage the ear canal. Stop at the canal door, always.

Step 6. Tie the end of the plastic

After testing the fit of the cotton and adjusting its size, take a rubber band and attach it to the end of the plastic. The idea is to completely seal the cotton.

Take scissors and cut off the excess plastic. Leave a small piece free for easy removal of the ear cotton later

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Step 7. Test the protectors

If you plan to use them during the day, test them in a noisy environment to see what level of protection they offer.

If the idea is to sleep with the protectors, take a nap with them. You may need to make some adjustments to the size of the pad if you are used to sleeping on your side. If necessary, press your ear against the pillow to keep the earplug in place

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Step 8. Replace protectors weekly

Cotton is not a cleanable material, so change the cotton balls every five days to prevent bacteria from accumulating ear wax or oil in the ear canal, which could cause an infection.

Store the protectors in a sanitized container, such as a zippered bag


  • You can find cheap, durable and quality earplugs. As much as there is an expense, at least you can be sure you are using a product tested for your safety and comfort.
  • If you have trouble sleeping through the night, try using sonic enrichment methods instead of headphones that cancel out external sounds. Try a white noise machine, for example.


  • If you're trying to sleep in a noisy place, it may be tempting to grab a piece of paper or a sponge and stick it in your ears. Avoid doing this as fibers from unsanitary materials can cause an ear infection or perforate your eardrum. Always use a protective layer, such as plastic, around the cotton when improvising a protector.
  • If you work in a noisy environment for many hours, follow the safety instructions. For example, if you work in construction, you must follow site guidelines and wear all necessary protective equipment. Don't rely on a makeshift protector.

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