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CIEMs as Earplugs?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Ok, this may be a stupid question, but is it possible to use CIEMs as earplugs?

 

I am aware that custom earplugs can be made as well, but what if I use my CIEM and wear it with without the cables or with cable but without music, and just use them as earplugs, is it a sensible thing to do? And how would be the best way to do it, without the cables or what??

 

Thanks for your help guys!

post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by Enders View Post

Ok, this may be a stupid question, but is it possible to use CIEMs as earplugs?

 

I am aware that custom earplugs can be made as well, but what if I use my CIEM and wear it with without the cables or with cable but without music, and just use them as earplugs, is it a sensible thing to do? And how would be the best way to do it, without the cables or what??

 

Thanks for your help guys!

 

I don't have full on CIEMs, but my custom pads definitely drown out a fair bit of sound once they are both on. Maybe they won't have as much isolation as proper ear plugs, but that depends on what you need them for.

 

Also, cables or not will be up to you. It is dependent on how vigorous you will be, how snug the fit is etc. Cable will be for safety in case anything happens. 

 

My two cents. 

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Ok, that makes sense, but would using it without the cable do any harm? Like risk of sweat getting into the IEM and such, besides it falling out.

 

and does anyone actually do it??

post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by Enders View Post

Ok, that makes sense, but would using it without the cable do any harm? Like risk of sweat getting into the IEM and such, besides it falling out.

and does anyone actually do it??

Your sockets will be exposed, so if you are in a humid or dusty environment, I would advise against it.
post #5 of 11

Why not just use the plugs on an extra pair and fill the tip with silicone or something?

 

But yes I have done it before.

post #6 of 11

The custom ear plugs (no sound/speakers) I use under my helmet while motorcycling are essentially the silicone ear impressions that are made as the precursor for molding custom IEMs. Once the silicone is trimmed, they are relatively easy to insert/remove. I don't know the level of db reduction they provide, but they are VERY effective and very comfortable.

post #7 of 11

I think silicon impressions provides a good isolation, but the CIEMs should be more effective, some brands say the isolation is up to -25/-26dB which is a very good mark and best earplugs rate at -25dB depending on filters.

post #8 of 11

I use my es5 as ear plug when I sleep on bus or my office's backdoor stairs as they isolate really well and are comfortable

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks all who replied!! Appreciate your help a lot as I'm going to get my first CIEM soon and want to know what cool things I can do with it.

 

Just a question though, if I use my CIEMs without the cable, is it possible to cover the exposed sockets in any way on the IEM? Companies won't give you proper covers for them right?? Again I'm not sure about this, so I'm asking the experienced.

 

Thanks!

post #10 of 11

I did use my ciems at a rock concert and the music was coming through at a comfortable volume. They hurt to use in bed if you lay on your side though. I've been planning on getting earplugs with Etymotic filters since they're supposed to have even attenuation across the frequencies but have been holding off since I don't attend loud concerts much. 

post #11 of 11

Yeah depend on how well you want your earplugs to perform.. if you want it to just quieten down things it might work, but a good earplug can attenuate all frequencies by same amount

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