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Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 13:20
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I purchased earplugs from a local chemist and was disappointed with the quality.
So I ordered a couple of different brands from amazon and tried them out in my cfa exam.

The earplugs worked amazingly well and blocked most of the noise , though it is a bit tricky to put them on.
The brands that I tried were:
1) Howard Leight Max and
2) Hearos ultimate softness series

Strongly recommended for anyone who wants to experience a noise free gmat exam!

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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 13:34
some pricey earplugs!
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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 13:39
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well..they are not exorbitantly priced.. and if you want some quality then need to spend some money :P
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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 16:37
I would check out Logitech if you haven't already. They make some amazing ones for about $20.

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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2012, 00:20
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I would check out Logitech if you haven't already. They make some amazing ones for about $20.

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Do you mean 'Ultimate Ears Custom Earplugs' ..they are great but they cost $170

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/ue/custom ... -ear-plugs
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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2012, 01:00
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I would check out Logitech if you haven't already. They make some amazing ones for about $20.

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Do you mean 'Ultimate Ears Custom Earplugs' ..they are great but they cost $170

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/ue/custom ... -ear-plugs


Yeah, good question. So I actually tried out some really expensive earbuds not that long ago. These ones. They were pretty awesome, but not worth the money IMO. I returned them and purchased these: http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Ears-Noi ... b_title_ce. They're absolutely amazing. I use them at work, while running, and whenever I can. Amazing sound quality, they fit right in my ears, and they look great. I'm probably going to upgrade to a headset model soon so I can make phone calls with them. Looking at these: http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Ultimate ... microphone
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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2012, 01:08
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vandygrad11 wrote:
I would check out Logitech if you haven't already. They make some amazing ones for about $20.

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Do you mean 'Ultimate Ears Custom Earplugs' ..they are great but they cost $170

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/ue/custom ... -ear-plugs


Yeah, good question. So I actually tried out some really expensive earbuds not that long ago. These ones. They were pretty awesome, but not worth the money IMO. I returned them and purchased these: http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Ears-Noi ... b_title_ce. They're absolutely amazing. I use them at work, while running, and whenever I can. Amazing sound quality, they fit right in my ears, and they look great. I'm probably going to upgrade to a headset model soon so I can make phone calls with them. Looking at these: http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Ultimate ... microphone


These are earphones and not earplugs.
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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2012, 01:31
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These are earphones and not earplugs.


Oh, haha, looks as though I misunderstood you. Well, in any case, I also wear them when studying. They block out basically all noise.
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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2012, 04:43
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rni wrote:
These are earphones and not earplugs.


Oh, haha, looks as though I misunderstood you. Well, in any case, I also wear them when studying. They block out basically all noise.


even i have creative noise cancellation earphones but they cannot block as much noise as the earplugs
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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2012, 01:13
I have a pair of custom moulded westone earplugs. Another well priced model can be found here:

http://www.westone.com/catalog/etymotic-ety-plugs

The Westones are basically plug types that professionals (such as I) use in our line of work in high sound pressure level environments. However, the $10 generic moulds are pretty awesome too. They are pretty much flat from 20Hz to 20kHz and don't exhibit that 'boominess' usually found with foam type earplugs and are extremely comfortable. A lot of my clients and colleagues also use this brand.

So can you actually carry your own set of earplugs into the exam?
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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2012, 09:44
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I have a pair of custom moulded westone earplugs. Another well priced model can be found here:

http://www.westone.com/catalog/etymotic-ety-plugs

The Westones are basically plug types that professionals (such as I) use in our line of work in high sound pressure level environments. However, the $10 generic moulds are pretty awesome too. They are pretty much flat from 20Hz to 20kHz and don't exhibit that 'boominess' usually found with foam type earplugs and are extremely comfortable. A lot of my clients and colleagues also use this brand.


Looks good..
In the website it is mentioned that these earplugs block out 20 dB . Hearos earplugs block 32 dB (mentioned on the pack)
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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2012, 09:47
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So can you actually carry your own set of earplugs into the exam?


Yes, you can. As long as they are not too huge IMO .

You can also confirm with the gmac representatives on gmatclub
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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2012, 10:35
rni wrote:
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I have a pair of custom moulded westone earplugs. Another well priced model can be found here:

http://www.westone.com/catalog/etymotic-ety-plugs

The Westones are basically plug types that professionals (such as I) use in our line of work in high sound pressure level environments. However, the $10 generic moulds are pretty awesome too. They are pretty much flat from 20Hz to 20kHz and don't exhibit that 'boominess' usually found with foam type earplugs and are extremely comfortable. A lot of my clients and colleagues also use this brand.


Looks good..
In the website it is mentioned that these earplugs block out 20 dB . Hearos earplugs block 32 dB (mentioned on the pack)


That's true but the overall ambient noise level in the room (typing/occasional walking etc) is not going to be more than 20dB SPL so these Westones will sufficiently attenuate these sounds.
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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2012, 17:08
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So can you actually carry your own set of earplugs into the exam?


Yes, you can. As long as they are not too huge IMO .

You can also confirm with the gmac representatives on gmatclub


GMAC confirmed that you cannot bring your own plugs to the test centre. Oh well....
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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2012, 21:01
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So can you actually carry your own set of earplugs into the exam?


Yes, you can. As long as they are not too huge IMO .

You can also confirm with the gmac representatives on gmatclub


GMAC confirmed that you cannot bring your own plugs to the test centre. Oh well....


Strange! Read a lot of posts in GC and it seemed that it is ok to bring one's own earplugs. Don't understand the logic behind this though. I can wear my own specs ,clothes but not earplugs!
And I am pretty sure that the centre down here won't have them!
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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2012, 21:08
You can call your test centre once you've registered and ask them about this. At least that what the GMAC rep suggested. You make a good point though...
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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2012, 13:20
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You can call your test centre once you've registered and ask them about this. At least that what the GMAC rep suggested. You make a good point though...

hmm..Thanks for taking this up... I contacted gmat support via email to ask about the make/brand of the earphones and surprisingly they are not aware . At least that's what I understood from their response. Have asked me to contact the test centre. Have asked the gmac rep here too..
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Re: Earplug Brands [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2012, 16:58
good stuff rni, please do keep us posted...
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