The 10 Best Airplane Ear Plugs

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This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in March of 2018. If you suffer from discomfort while flying, earplugs especially designed for use on airplanes might be the answer. They help regulate the pressure changes in your ear canals, especially during takeoffs and landings, and can also reduce bothersome engine noise. Our selections are based on fit, ease of use, and pain-relieving capabilities. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Pluggerz Uni-Fit Travel

2. LaloLab Sound Blocking

3. Mack's Pillow Soft Silicone Putty

Editor's Notes

October 15, 2019:

There are several ways that air travel is hard on the ears, between the relentless sound of the engine to the baby crying in the back row and the terrible popping that occurs during takeoff and landing. That last issue can cause discomfort for hours or even days after a flight for some. To combat these issues, we found airplane earplugs that will address each of these concerns.

Those with very sensitive inner ears who need dependable pressure equalization should look to the Cirrus EarPlanes, as their patented CeramicX filter does an impressive job of slowing the pressure changes your middle ear experiences. For child travelers and adults with smaller ears, we included the Cirrus EarPlanes For Kids & Smaller Ears. We also have the Sanohra Fly, which many people with pre-existing ear problems report work well enough to keep them pain-free during flight.

Earplugs are items that are easily destroyed and/or lost, which is why we liked that the LaloLab Sound Blocking come with a hard shell case to keep them safe, and an attached carabiner, making it easy to hook onto your carry-on bag or backpack. The Eargasm Aviation stand out, too, as they have an aluminum case with an attached keyring to protect the pain-relieving, five-flanged plugs.

When it comes to drowning out sound, the Mack's Flightguard boast a Noise Reduction Rating of 26 decibels, and the LaloLab Sound Blocking shine again because of their impressive NRR of 28 decibels.

4. Alpine FlyFit

5. Cirrus EarPlanes For Kids & Smaller Ears

6. Cirrus EarPlanes

7. Mack's Flightguard

8. Eargasm Aviation

9. WinLong Pressure Reducing

10. Sanohra Fly

Brett Dvoretz
Last updated by Brett Dvoretz

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