Ear Peace at one of London’s ‘noisiest’ hostels…

Ear Peace at one of London’s ‘noisiest’ hostels…

LGA Review:

“There are cockroaches in the kitchen and the toilets smell like urine. It is noisy with doors slamming all night…”

“But it was kind of scary, our room was next to a room where a man with mental problems lives…”

“The hostel was rather noisy, so it’s not a good choice if your sleep isn’t rather deep”

Oh dear. These were our first thoughts when we read the reviews of the hostel we had just booked for our stay in London for the Adventure Travel Show last weekend. Despite all the experience we have had in arranging hostels all over the world, we didn’t think to check what other people were saying about it before we parted with our hard earned cash.

We resigned ourselves to the fact that we were in for a bit of a rough ride, before remembering that we had a secret weapon in our backpacks. A few weeks ago we were sent a couple of revolutionary new ear plugs by a company called Ear Peace. Whilst primarily designed to protect your ears from sound damage and that terrible ringing in your ears that you get at clubs, bars or live music gigs; we thought we might as well try them out to see how they’d cope against a barrage of banging doors, high-pitched shrieks and footsteps.

I have to say, the EarPeace plugs are the most stylish ear plugs I’ve ever come across. Far removed from those bright blue spongy things that usually disintegrate inside your ears, the EarPeace plugs are skin toned, virtually invisible and come in a snazzy box complete with shiny aluminium carry case.

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As soon as we checked in I set about reading the instructions in preparation for the night ahead. They were pretty technical and probably didn’t really need to go into such detail about how to insert them, but the packaging states that you have to follow the directions to the letter, or they simply won’t work as they should! This left me a little bit paranoid that I’d done it wrong and I found myself continually prodding my ears to check that they were in place!

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That evening, the banging doors soon began and we could hear pretty much everything that was going on outside our room, from voices, TVs and loud footsteps to ringing telephones. So in went the EarPeace plugs then I lay back and waited to see if I could drift off to sleep.

Unlike a lot of ear plugs, they didn’t feel weird once my head was on the pillow and whilst they didn’t block out the sound (no ear plugs are that good!) they certainly filtered out some of the most obnoxious noises and I was able to sleep without any interruptions! In fact, I actually had the best night’s sleep I’d had in the last week!

We certainly could have done with an EarPeace at the Grand Prix in Melbourne last year and are looking forward to testing them out again next time we find ourselves in the midst of a deafening public event! I’d definitely recommend giving them a go – whether you’re planning on staying over at a noisy hostel, going to a concert or hitting a club. From the effective way they filtered out the background noise at the hostel, I can only imagine how useful they will become in almost any sound-related situation.

The EarPeace is available to buy direct from the website www.earpeace.com where you can choose the colour of your carry case and ear plugs. Priced at $12.95 (around £8), you really can’t grumble, but if you’d like to benefit from a 25% discount when ordering two or more EarPeaces, just input the code travel25 online!

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