Instructions - Custom Earplugs

Wet Plugz™ custom earplus are produced from ear impressions you have made, usually by an ear/medical professional. The impressions represent your ears, and your ears only, and are the most comfortable format of an earplug. The following instructions and tips will help you understand how to use and care for your earplugs.

Inserting Earplugs

Inserting custom earplugs is simple, but may take a little practice. First, you'll need to identify which earplug goes in the left ear and which goes in the right. If you hold the earplugs, with the external portion of the plug facing you, you'll notice the plugs have somewhat of a curve. In the image below you can see the curve and the label for which plug goes into which ear. An easy way to remember is the direction of the curve - the left curves to the left; and the right curves to the right.
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Now that you know which plug goes into which ear, pick an earplug and hold it up to your ear. Start with the top of the plug rotated forward, then as you begin to insert the portion that fits into the ear canal, rotate the top of the plug backward (toward the upright position) as you seat the plug into the ear and ear canal. This rotating motion will help the earplug slide into the ear more comfortably as you get it seated.
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Checking the Seal

To check the seal, gently place a finger over the sound hole. If the plug is sealed, you’ll notice the sound level change dramatically and you might even feel a little pressure. Be sure not to press the earplug into the ear while performing this check, as this may inaccurately appear to have a good seal.
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Tip: Help promote a good seal for any earplug by keeping ear hair groomed. This is true, no matter what type of earplug you use. If there is a lot of hair, it can minimize the ability of an earplug to get a good seal against the skin lining the ear canal .


Clearing a Blockage

After coming in contact with water (such as after duck diving under a wave while surfing), and after the water has drained from the outer portion of the ear, you will either find the earplug is still clear, or you may find the sound is slightly blocked. If it is blocked, then the blockage will be confined to that of just a tiny droplet (due to our earplug design), which is easily removed through the displacement of a small amount of air from inside the ear canal.
Sound pathway blocked

With our custom earplugs, this displacement of air can be done by pressing lightly on the earplug. This will cause the earplug to ever so slightly flex into the ear canal, which will cause the needed displacement of air. The displaced air will travel from the ear canal, through the earplug filter, and then exit out the sound hole, resulting in restoring the ability to hear. See our Technology page for more detailed information regarding clearing a blockage.
Clearing the sound pathway




Removing Earplugs

To remove the earplugs, perform the reverse motion from when you inserted the plugs. Start by rotating the top of the earplug forward as you unseat and remove it from your ear.
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Storage and Care

Custom earplugs that are regularly cleaned last longer than those that aren’t. Rinsing earplugs under warm water is often sufficient for cleaning. If desired, a mild soap solution may be used. Products that have detergents or solvents as bases should not be used to clean custom earplugs since they may damage the earplug over repeated use.

Always clean and dry your earplugs after use. Never store earplugs that have any moisture on/in them in the storage case, as this can lead to the growth of bacteria and other nasty stuff. Avoid leaving earplugs sitting in direct sunlight for extended periods of time, as this will age the earplugs more quickly.