These earplugs have been suggested as possibly useful for misophonia sufferers because they come with two volume settings. With a simple slide of a button, choose the level of noise reduction: -11 dB or -24 dB. They are not meant to block out sound, just reduce the noise level.
Ear-tip sizes S,M & L are always included (XS not available)
OPEN SETTING -11 dB
dBud’s acoustic filter is designed to alter the attenuation curve so that it let’s frequencies of typical human speech through with less reduction, while other frequencies are reduced to a higher degree. This means that background noise is toned down, while you’re still being able to hear and communicate with people around you. This feature might be particularly good for reducing misophonia triggers.
There is no amplification of any sounds, but you’ll hear the voice of the person you’re talking to more clearly, since much of the background noise is taken away.
CLOSED SETTING -24 dB
The usual problem with earplugs is that they kill both the volume and the sound. Uneven attenuation across high and low tones leads to a muffled and distorted sound.
The closed setting has a very flat attenuation of around 30dB across the entire frequency spectrum. A flat attenuation curve means less distortion of the sound coming through to your ear. The sound quality is preserved, but with safely reduced volume, across all tones: Low, medium and high.
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I bought these in Australia with hopes that i could use them in the office to drown out the usual noises. Really poor and uncomfortable fit and effectively a waste of money imo.