Everyone’s ears are different, and a pair of ear plugs that fit one person perfectly might be too large or too small for someone else.
If you have smaller than average ears, it can be hard to find ear plugs that fit your ears comfortably. Women in particular can find it difficult to get hold of ear plugs that feel comfy to wear.
We’ve researched the market and picked out five of the best ear plugs for small ears available in the UK.
1. Moldex Spark 7800 Ear Plugs
The Moldex Spark 7800 Ear Plugs are made from soft foam and feature a tapered shape to make them easy and comfortable to put in your ears.
With an NRR of 35 dB they offer a high level of noise attenuation, so they’re great at blocking out loud noises, from snoring to rock concerts.
The contoured shape of these ear plugs helps them different-sized ear canals, including very small ear canals. They have a soft texture and can be squished to fit your ears.
These ear plugs have colourful designs which means they’re not very discreet. This isn’t a problem if you’re wearing them at home, but if you want to wear ear plugs to a gig or festival you might want something clear or skin-coloured.
2. Mack’s Safesound Soft Foam Slim Fit Earplugs
Mack’s Safesound Soft Foam Slim Fit Earplugs are designed for small or sensitive ear canals. They’re made from soft foam which can be squeezed to allow easy insertion into your ears.
These ear plugs have a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 29 dB, which means they can reduce loud sounds by roughly 29 decibels.
This offers a good level of protection for loud events, and also helps them block out annoying noises such as snoring and neighbours’ parties.
If you find regular ear plugs painful to wear you’ll appreciate these ear plugs’ small size. However, since ear plugs are very personal there’s no guarantee they’ll offer the perfect fit.
3. Moldex Contours Small
These ear plugs have a curved design which is intended to match the shape of your ears and reduce the amount of pressure in the thinnest parts of your ear canal.
They have a large base which makes them easy to hold as you insert them, but they thin out to a small tip which helps make it comfy for people with small ears.
These ear plugs have a Single Number Rating or SNR of 35 dB, which means they can reduce loud sounds by as much as 35 decibels.
This means they offer a high level of protection, so they’ll protect your hearing at loud events such as gigs and music festivals.
Provided you keep these ear plugs clean you should be able to reuse them several times, so they offer good value for money.
4. Mack’s Dream Girl Ear Plugs
Mack’s Dream Girl Ear Plugs are designed for women with smaller than average ear canals. They have a fun pink design and a flared shape which helps make them very comfy for most people with small ears.
These ear plugs have a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 30 dB, which isn’t especially high, so if you’re exposed to very loud noises you might want to try something like the Moldex Spark 7800 Ear Plugs reviewed above instead.
While these ear plugs are some of the comfiest you can get if you have small ears, they’re not the most effective at blocking out noise.
5. Ohropax Mini Soft
The Ohropax Mini Soft ear plugs are designed for children and adults with small ear canals. They’re made from soft foam which can be compressed to help them fit comfortably in your ears.
These ear plugs are quite well made and can be reused if you keep them clean.
While the Ohropax Mini Soft ear plugs are definitely smaller than average, there’s no guarantee they’ll fit your ears perfectly as ear plugs are very personal.