Snoring is a serious problem that can actually lead to relationship problems among couples. There are countless products available on the market today that claim to solve snoring problems. And they all fall under one of two categories. The first category are products that claim to prevent or reduce snoring. The second category are products that help the hapless and sleepless snorer’s partner get some relief by cutting out or muffling out the snoring sounds by using some kind of earplug. The QuietOn Sleep belongs to the latter category.
Both categories have their own pros and cons. Devices that prevent snoring are often awkward to wear during sleep. They may not work for everyone and its effectiveness may depend a lot on the user’s sleeping position. Earplugs can get uncomfortable as well if you sleep on your side. Furthermore, foam based earplugs are only effective against high frequency noises. Low frequency noises like snoring don’t get filtered out effectively. That is why loud music with low bass can easily penetrate through walls and cause such a headache to neighbors.
QuietOn Sleep uses the same technology as noise cancelling earphones. Instead of just blocking noise from entering your ears, it uses advanced technology and a built-in microphone to capture your surrounding sounds and instantly produces phase-shift sound that cancels the original sound from your surrounding. While you can still have a normal conversation with the earplugs active, it is possible to switch off the noise cancelling mode by just tapping on the earplugs.
However there are two important differences between a pair of noise cancelling headphones you use on a plane and the QuietOn Sleep. Firstly, the QuietOn Sleep is small and lightweight with soft cushioning. They also come with different ear tips sizes to fit most if not all ear sizes.
Secondly, the QuietOn Sleep is specifically designed and optimized for cancelling out snoring noises. While noise cancelling earphones do work for snoring noises, they do not perform as well as they are mainly designed for noises such as low rumbling noises from plane engines. Engineers at QuietOn analyzed hundreds of audio tapes of snoring recordings and tweaked the noise cancelling technology to reduce snoring noises as much as possible.
I snagged a pair of QuietOns during their crowdfunding on Indiegogo. They arrived a year later than promised on their campaign due to numerous problems encountered during the production stage. Fortunately, the when the final product arrived, it far exceeded my, or rather my significant other’s expectations. You see, I am the one with the snoring problem and my poor wife has been putting up with me all this while.
The price is not cheap and is about the equivalent of a good pair of ANC headphones so my expectations were pretty high to begin with. I did test them out myself before passing them over to my wife. It is important that you get a good fit with the foam ear tips. They come with 3 different ear tip sizes. A proper fit should not only fit well but should not pop out or loosen itself after awhile. When properly fitted, they should easily block out about 75% of the noise. When you switch on the noise cancellation function, it should block out an additional 15 to 20%.
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According to my wife, not only do the QuietOn Sleep work exceptionally well in blocking out my snoring and other ambient noises, the are very comfortable and she had no problems wearing them throughout the night. The fit is great and they did not fall out although she sleeps on her side and she switches sides quite often during the night. Neither can she feel them in her ears when her ear is pressing against the pillow.
The QuietOn Sleep has built-in rechargeable batteries that last up to 20 hours on a single charge. Also included with each pair of earplugs is a carrying case that also doubles up as a charging station. To charge, just place earplugs into the case and plug in the micro USB cable.
Although these look a lot like a pair of TWS (True Wireless Stereo) wireless earbuds, they do not function as earphones. They have no Bluetooth and are purely designed as noise cancellation sleeping aids. Based on my testing and my wife’s much better sleep quality, I highly recommend them. Although these are quite pricey but you can’t really put a price on getting a good night’s sleep, can you?
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