Which ear tips should you use: silicone vs. foam ear tips

Your Loop earplugs have many uses, from lowering sound, protecting your ears at a concert, or blocking out noises when sleeping. When choosing which ear tip is best for you, first, you need to figure out which earplug material suits your needs. There are two materials you can choose from: foam and silicone. 

All ear tip materials help block out sound and noise. However, each has a unique set of benefits. In this blog, we’ll break down the difference between foam and silicone ear tips to help you pick one that fits your lifestyle needs. 

The benefits of silicone ear tips

Summed up in three words: powerful,lightweight and reusable. Loop soft-touch silicone ear tips are designed with comfort in mind. Perfect for managing your volume on the go. Silicone ear tips are also softer and more flexible making them easier to insert. 

Given silicone's smooth texture, they’re also easy to clean. Simply, wipe them with a damp cloth to make them like new again. A bonus point is silicone’s durability for maximum enjoyment. As for sound quality, silicone ear tips drown out higher frequencies while the vocals and bass are more notable.  

One con is that they’re not recommended for heavy exercise as they can become slippery and fall out. But they’re a safe bet for runners who need to be aware of their surroundings.

Loop Quiet features silicone ear tips in colors to fit your style. Try a new color combo if you love customizing your look in fun colors like black, blue, red, white, pink, and green.

The best foam ear tips features

Level up your Loops with a set of black foam ear tips. Our heat activated memory foam ear tips give you an extra boost of comfort by adjusting to the movement in your ear canal.  

Your ears will thank you as they won’t be super irritated since foam ear tips reduce ear fatigue. If you want a secure seal and all-day wear—foam ear tips are for you.

Foam ear tips are your go-to if you live near a construction site or a noisy neighborhood to block out most of the noise. Bring out the most authentic sound with foam ear tips, because it’s funneled directly into your ear canal. Pack up your Loop foam ear tips for concerts, events, or even the office to enjoy at your volume. 

When to clean and replace your ear tips

Silicone and foam tips are both durable and can be cleaned. Cleaning your ear tips is easy and should be done periodically. Eventually, your ear tips should be replaced every 3-6 months for hygienic reasons. But don'tfret, you can buy a replacement set to keep enjoying your Loops.

Find your perfect replacement ear tip size

Keep on rolling with the good times and your Loops by replacing ear tips at least twice a year.  

Whether you've got tiny ears or need something slightly larger, you can adjust your ear tips to fit you perfectly.  

Find your fit with replacement silicone ear tips in 4 sizes: XS, S, M, L. If you need an even smaller size, shop the XXS silicone replacement ear tips. These black ear tips can be added to your Experience, Experience Plus, Engage and Engage Plus earplugs for any occasion and every ear. 

You can get replacement foam ear tips in 3 sizes that can be added to the entire Loop range, making them the ultimate tool for you. Keep in mind that even though foam ear tips fit on Quiet, they do affect attenuation; therefore, they aren’t recommended.

Final verdict on foam vs. silicone ear tips

Whichever you prefer, it depends on your preferences and lifestyle to make the right decision. Both silicone and foam ear tips offer up an excellent level of noise suppression. It comes down to where and when you’ll need to wear them and for how long. As a good rule of thumb, we recommend using silicone ear tips for activities like studying or getting some shuteye. Foam ear tips would be your go-to for activities like workouts and extended listening sessions.

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