How to Identify Your RIGHT Earplug
For ALL styles, your RIGHT ear plug will have a DOT or bead on the face or on the top. If you have a neck cord, the cord anchor will be red for right and blue for left.
When you first start wearing your new earplugs, it might take a bit of getting used to (especially the sleepers). Most people adapt to them after a few wears as the plugs are broken in.
To make it easier to put them in, you can rub a very thin film of Vaseline (included) on the portion that goes into your ear. Feel free to use any other lubricant you feel comfortable with.
You can wash your earplugs with any temperature water and any soap – or disposable wipes if necessary.
Instructions For Drifters™ Sleep Plugs
Your custom sleep plugs also have a DOT to identify the RIGHT ear.
You can also put a very thin film of lubricant on the end that goes into your ear canal. It makes it much easier to get the plug in and helps in creating the seal. Use it sparingly.
The front of your earplug is behind the long canal portion and the thin flap (removal handle) goes to the back.
Pull your ear outward (to the side of your head) and upward while easing the mold into your ear canal. Make sure it’s all the way in – it only fits one way.
Remove your earplugs by pulling on any part of the earplug that you can easily grip. They are very strong and don’t tear easily but please handle them carefully to ensure long life.
Avoid using your fingernails to remove your earplugs as this can create weak spots or tears.
Video Examples of Inserting Drifters™
NOTE: The first video mentions a red “number stamp” and a “pull tab”. Disregard these terms as they are old features.
Instructions for Inserting Ear Defenders and Swimming Ear Plugs
Use the provided lubricant on the canal portion of your earplug to make it easier as you get used to putting them in.
When inserting your full-shell custom Ear Defenders, focus on getting the bottom portion into your ear canal as the first step. In most cases, if you rotate it top-forward by a 1/4 turn, it helps to get the top part out of your way.
Once the canal portion is inserted, you should be able to feel it and the sound will already be dampened. Then, rotate the top backward again (just 1/4 turn) to get it back into place.
Make sure that you tuck the pointed top portion behind the cartilage folds in your ear to lock it in. (see video).
Instructions for Inserting and Removing Custom Musician Earplugs
Musician plugs are more rigid and easier to get in. You likely don’t need to use lubricant but feel free to use it. Avoid touching the filter or blocking the sound hole with any lubricant.
The front of the earplug is typically flat while the back has a curve in it. The bend goes to the back (see image).
To insert – pull your ear outward (to the side of your head) and upward while easing the mold into your ear canal. Make sure it’s all the way in – it only fits one way.
To remove – push the plug straight up and outward from underneath.
Instructions for Cleaning Musician Plugs
Unless necessary, it’s best to not remove your filters because the in-and-out can weaken the mold’s retention of the filter.
If you DO want to remove the filters from the molds… Grasp the filter with fingers and pull away from the mold. Do not wiggle the filter as this can damage the mold. NOTE: The filter will come out and go in more easily if the earmold is warm as heat makes it more pliable
Once the filter is removed, wash the mold with water and mild soap. Allow molds to dry before reinserting the filters.
If dust or dirt accumulates on a filter, remove it gently with a cloth or small brush which is included with your order.
If earwax accumulates in the sound port at the end of the canal, use the wire loop on the included tool to scoop out any wax.