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OHROPAX Earplugs

Why OHROPAX earplugs? What’s so special about them?

Why? Because OHROPAX is not only the world-leader when it comes to contemporary, innovative and premium earplugs, but also the inventor of the first commercial earplug, OHROPAX Classic, over 100 years ago. Since then OHROPAX has been focusing on providing “luxury for your ears”, engineering and manufacturing earplugs to the highest standards in their factory in Wehrheim, Germany.

And what is more, OHROPAX offers you a wide range of earplugs to suit your needs. So regardless of your preferences (foam vs. silicon vs. wax), ear canal size (including children), different noise levels, frequencies and type of applications (noise, water or wind protection) with OHROPAX you’ll definitely find earplugs that fit right and really work. You’ll find more information on OHROPAX on

Can I still hear my alarm when using earplugs?

Yes, you can. Sound can never be blocked out 100% as it’s also conveyed to some extent through the skin and cranial bone. Even with well-fitting earplugs you are never entirely sealed off from your environment.

From what age are earplugs suitable for children?

Only users themselves can speak about the reliable effectiveness of earplugs. Smaller children are generally unable to do so. Moreover, earplugs could also be swallowed and get stuck in the windpipe. OHROPAX therefore recommends using earplugs from six years of age and only under adult supervision. OHROPAX Mini Soft, a foam earplug, has been especially designed with children and adults with smaller ear canals in mind.


Are there earplugs that fit well even in narrow auditory canals?

Yes, there are. In fact, you have several options. You can use ON-EAR earplugs such as OHROPAX Classic or OHROPAX Silicon Aqua, which work before the ear canal. These mouldable earplugs are placed in front of the opening of the auditory canal and pressed in gently. Regardless of your ear canal size these ON-Earplugs provide a tight seal against noise, wind and even water (only with silicone earplugs).

Alternatively, you can try OHROPAX Mini Soft, an IN-EAR earplug, which works directly in the ear canal. Soft and anatomically shaped this foam earplug has been specially made to fit smaller ear canals. This makes OHROPAX Mini Soft not only ideal for adults with smaller ear canals, but also for children (recommended from age 6 onwards with adult supervision). OHROPAX Mini Soft also features one of the highest decibel ratings (SNR = 35 dB) for foam earplugs giving you optimum protection for really noisy stuff!

What’s the difference between an IN-EAR earplug and an ON-EAR earplug?

IN-EAR earplugsIN-EAR earplugs act directly in the ear canal. The resilient foam plugs are tightly rolled, inserted deep into the ear canal and held for 30 to 60 seconds until they have been fully extended. Lamellae plugs are inserted directly using the handle. IN-EAR earplugs provide a higher noise level protection and can therefore be used for noise over 85 dB. IN-EAR earplugs are OHROPAX Soft, OHROPAX Mini Soft and OHROPAX Color.

ON-EAR earplugsON-EAR earplugs act before the ear canal. They are rolled into a ball, placed in front of the ear canal opening and gently pressed. This makes a tight seal. Since the ear canal is covered with an earplug from the outside, ear canal size doesn’t matter. ON-EAR earplugs are made of skin-friendly, formable materials (wax/cotton wool or silicone) and suitable for "non-classic noise areas". ON-EAR earplugs are OHROPAX Classic and OHROPAX Silicon Aqua.

So how do you decide which of these two earplug types is the right one for you? In the end it all comes down to your own preference and what you’re using the earplugs for.

How do I insert foam earplugs (= IN-EAR earplugs) easiest?

The best way is by putting one hand over your head and pulling your ear slightly upwards. This allows you to straighten the auditory canal a little. Then the earplug can be inserted easily. 

Does OHROPAX help with ear pressure on aeroplanes?

Yes, with OHROPAX's specially designed OHROPAX flight earplugsOHROPAX flight earplugs come with patented filters, which prevent the unpleasant air pressure fluctuations during take-off and landing, eliminating those uncomfortable air pressure fluctuations. So you can get peace and quiet during the flight at the same time. 


I don't like to get water in my ears while swimming? Which earplugs should I use?

We recommend OHROPAX Silicon Aqua. It's been specifically designed for swimming. These light blue earplugs give you the best protection against water in your ears. They're made out of skin-friendly and waterproof silicone. Easy to mould, they adapt to each ear and keep your ear canal dry. So you don’t have to worry and can simply enjoy the water. 

Can I use OHROPAX to help with tinnitus?

Sadly, no. Unfortunately, earplugs cannot help with tinnitus itself. However, those affected by tinnitus are often particularly sensitive to noise and should avoid loud noise, racket and loud music. For this, OHROPAX is certainly a great help.

Can earplugs be used for diving?

No! Earplugs should generally not be used for diving as they impede the necessary pressure equalisation.

Can OHROPAX earplugs be reused?

Yes, with the exception of OHROPAX Classic, all OHROPAX earplugs can be reused. Please ensure that your fingers, ears and earplugs are clean and dry. Then OHROPAX earplugs can be reused as long as they still feel pleasantly soft and cushioning.

OHROPAX Color, OHROPAX Soft, OHROPAX Mini Soft and OHROPAX Silicon Aqua can be cleaned with water and a mild soap up to five times.

OHROPAX Classic is a single-use earplug, because wax cannot be cleaned.

Is it normal that I can hear my own pulse?

Yes, it is. Especially people using earplugs for the first time are often aware of their own pulse. Due to the quietness produced, it is possible to "listen in" to your own body. This is completely harmless and will quickly pass.

Can OHROPAX earplugs be used every day?

Essentially, yes. It is recommended though to take a temporary break from earplugs, especially after using them for several hours (e.g. during a night's sleep). This is to ensure that your ears can be well aerated again.

Does OHROPAX contain latex? PVC? Plasticisers?

OHROPAX exclusively uses safe and tested materials. All OHROPAX earplugs are free of latex, PVC and plasticisers.

How tightly do OHROPAX earplugs seal while swimming?

OHROPAX Silicon Aqua is particularly secure and tight. However, in the case of vigorous movement, they may loosen and then are no longer 100% tight.

Why are OHROPAX Classic wax earplugs wrapped in cotton wool?

OHROPAX Classic's outer layer of cotton wool is essential for the manufacturing process. It also makes it easier to remove the wax earplugs from the packaging. Please remove the cotton wool before inserting into your ear.

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