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Ear Plugs Were Sent From Heaven


Neville

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I want to tell you about something that has cost me less than $5.00, but has VASTLY improved my life in many ways:

  • ....they help me write way better.
  • ......they make me feel "in my own world."
  • .........they help me concentrate for long periods of time.
  • ............they calm me down on planes.
  • ................they help me sleep much better.

This item is not a drug or one of those hippie magnetic bracelets....

This magical invention is what us mortals know as:

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EAR PLUGS!

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Yup....simple old ear plugs help improve my life, and my writing.

Whenever I write.....I try to "get in my own little world" ...but the distractions of life invariably happen.

The construction going on outside, the hum of the refrigerator, even silence itself has a distracting quality.

But with ear plugs in, I feel like I can talk to my brain directly.

(typing that makes me feel foolish....but you'll see what I mean when you try them).

They eliminate pretty much all external audio input, and it makes for a really great work environment.  It's an odd feeling at first.

You roll the ear plugs into a little cylinder, stick them inside your ears, and let them slowly expand.

As they expand in your ear, you can hear the decibel level of life go

DDDOOOOooowwwwwwnnnnn......

And then you're in your own little world.

A world that's great for writing and for productivity.  And sleeping.

You should definitely try them.  My personal favorite brand are these little blue ones that reduce noise by 33 decibels:

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The earplugs REALLY work their magic when I'm feeling lazy.  For some reason the switch from "real world" to "Neville's World" changes my mentality and lets me focus more.

 

Using Ear Plugs for Meditation:

I'm not super into meditation, but the times I do it, using ear plugs for meditation is a GREAT experience!

It just "softens" all the noise around me and helps me concentrate better, and the results are pretty great :)

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I honestly think wearing ear plugs when I write gives me a kind of "superpower" that otherwise doesn't happen:

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So......when you start feeling like a lazy monkey today, why don't you try sticking in some earplugs to help you write creatively or be more productive??

Use these "magical ear tools" wisely my friend :-)

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By the way....am I the only insane person who uses these??  Every time I go on a rant about how earplugs are sooooo great, people look at me funny and slowly back away like this:

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Comment below if you use them so I don't feel insane!

 


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Guest Angel

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You're not weird at all, buddy. Good to see someone else who appreciates ear plugs. I even get weird looks when I use them at concerts. Then again, a lot of those same friends are having trouble with their hearing now.
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Ear plugs are great. Definatly understand the talk directly to yourself aspect that you mentioned.

Also, binaural beats and different colors of noise are cool to listen to. For me, Binaural beats set to a timer for a certain period help me to write easier. Maybe its placebo, maybe not. Whatever it is, I get stuff down.

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Will give this idea a try.

I always wear earplugs when I ride my motorcycle... the wind noise causes some serious damage!

And it's LOUD!

Will see how earplugs, plus out-of-sight phones work for me.

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Guest Gabe Turner

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I'm with you, Neville. Except I wear Winchester Ear Protectors (over-the-ear, like headphones) - found in the hunting / gun section of your local Wal-Mart. I'm so sensitive that ear plugs just aren't enough! Sometimes I even put the plugs in and then the ear protectors. I've also used a recording of rain on my headphones (inside the protectors) and that has helped a lot.
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Guest admin

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OK GOOD....glad I'm not the only one :-)

And yes, concerts are a great use. I hate when I'm in a crowd and somehow get stuck right in front of a speaker. I'll either move or hold my finger in my ear the whole time if the music is at ear-hurting levels

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Guest admin

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I've tried binaural beats with reeaaasonable success, but you're right: I'm not sure if it's placebo or not
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Guest admin

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Hmmm....never heard of wearing them on the bike!

Try writing or doing work with them next time, it's great!

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Guest admin

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Omg....in-ear plugs with over-the-ear headphones on also! That would cancel out up to 80 decibels I imagine!

The in-ear ones are good enough for me, but at some point it'd be fun to try your way :-)

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Hmmm, haven't tried the full-blown earplugs thing. Sounds interesting...

Though I do almost always work wearing noise-cancelling over-ear headphones (not some flimsy earbuds), even if not listening to any music or audio at all. I don't get the weird looks that earplugs might get in a coffee shop, but some good ones will set you back a hundred bucks or so. A great investment if you love audio too!

Whether you decide to use earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, it's a great investment towards your overall productivity. HIGHLY recommended and thanks to Neville for bringing up this great topic!

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Guest Justin

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I use earplugs all the time, but usually just for sleeping. We moved into a new apartment on a busy street near a firestation and hospital, so the noise level was not fun. I'm used to it now but if I ever need to just completely pass out I'll grab the trusty earplugs.

My dad, being a dad and not giving a hoot about what other people think, uses balled up tissues in his ears when on planes or other loud places. So at least you're not using tissues man.

Thanks for the emails!

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Guest admin

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I love those Bose noise canceling headphones, but the simple ear plugs can join me anywhere in my pocket! But yes, those are awesome. I use them in the plane for long flights.

Glad you enjoyed this Ear Plug talk Izzy :-)

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Guest admin

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Tell me about it....SO much easier to pass out with ear plugs on, even if it's pretty quiet at your place.

Glad you enjoy the emails Justin!

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Guest Jonner

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I like to put on my over the ear headphones and listen to the beautiful sound of mating turtles.
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Guest Aaron

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Love earplugs! When I was playing in death metal bands they were essential gear.

I really like the drone of a dehumidifier too- just that white noise to get in the groove :)

Love your emails Nev, keep up the good work!

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Guest Fonzi

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When I first started wearing ear plugs at sleepy time, I always felt paranoid, like someone was about to burst into my house and rape my butt.

Now, I call it "checking out."

When the ear plugs go in, I'm no longer available to Earth.

They're even good for blocking out word-y girlfriends or obnoxious bosses.

Now if they could just invent a comfortable butt plug, life would be complete.

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Guest Simon

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I am a big fan of earplugs at concerts and bars. If I leave with my ears ringing it's as bad a feeling of leaving the beach with a sun burn... I end up feeling like an idiot for it.

If you want to blend in a bit better at a bar and not look like a robot, then use swimmers earplugs. These are clear and are made of wax. That's what I use.

I've never worked with the earplugs in but it's a fine idea. I use noise canceling Bose headphones when my wife is watching a series or is on the phone. She has loud conversations. :)

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I have not tried the earplug trick yet, but I will.

What I have used is cordless headphones.

Most people think I am rocking to music, but I am usually listening to an audio book or complete silence.

Everyone around me knows not to interrupt me when my headphones are in.

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Guest Brent

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Earplugs are indispensable for life in general.

My only problem is that I tend to leave them in all day.

Happily.

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I moved from a New Jersey high-rise condo to a Hawaii townhouse condo. You know what the big difference is besides the weather? (The weather is just absolutely fantastic here.) There's a LOT of landscaping activity in the neighborhood and it drives me crazy sometimes between the string trimmers and the leaf blowers. I'll put in my ZAGGsmartbuds and either listen to some music, sometimes with Coffitivity running in the background, or not play anything at all since it helps to muffle the sound.

When I was back in NJ working in my cube, I would have my earbuds in and would leave them in even after the music had stopped because it just put me into the zone. All the activity around me would be muffled and I'd get so much done.

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I use earplugs all the time. When I'm on long conference calls I plug one ear so I'm not easily distracted. As a graduate student I wear earplugs when I study. It's essential to have earplugs when staying in cheap hotels when traveling to block out the things nobody wants to listen to at 3am.

AND I love wearing them when I write. Tapping into the zone is only possible when I block out all of the outside static that bombards me as soon as I sit down and focus.

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No weirder than locking myself in the car to get work done.
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Guest Online Store Help

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Earplugs are a godsend in so many ways.

Crying baby on a plane? Earplugs

Noisy neighbors? Earplugs

Need to work and concentrate? Earplugs

Personally having headphones on and music in the background seems to work really well for me when I am working. But, it has to be in my ears, normal background music won't do it.

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Guest Dustin

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I've been using some variation of ear protection for years. At concerts, I bring cotton balls as it protects the ears but is almost invisible (avoiding those douchey comments/stares). If I ever forget ear protection, toilet paper is my go to. Readily available pretty much anywhere and does the trick. Might sound weird, but I value my hearing. Once it's gone, it's gone and that's pretty scary shit!

I moved into a noisy ass live-work space which has forced me to use actual ear-plugs to sleep and work. It's crazy how different everything seem around me when I shut out all the noise. Productivity level certainly rises and I become laser focused. Pretty wild to find others doing the same.

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Guest Lakeisha

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I used to use ear plugs to keep noise out since I have a room mate and when I sleep! But I will definitely try and work and write with them on! I bet that will let me hear my own thoughts more in depth! Love it!! Hope to win some plugs! Second week of just moving to Cali from Texas! That would be one less dollar spent as I find new work here!! :-D
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