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ear plugs/sound reducers

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by moto_za, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. moto_za

    moto_za Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 16, 2006

    I am not sure what kind I should buy? any suggestions or specific ones you recommend? I am really senstitve to noise like most if you.. And I am thinking if taking the ear plugs with me to test day (I have heard if the ppl there are nice they wont care if u use them?) thanks for any help on earplugs
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  3. midn

    midn 10+ Year Member

    Sep 30, 2005
    Get foam ear plugs used for shooting with a 33 DB rating. I find that they work really well if you wet your ear canal a bit before putting them in. This allows you to put it in easier and it gets in deeper which reduces a lot more noise.

    Don't overspend; foam ear plugs work fine.
  4. Funky

    Funky This space is for sale 10+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    yeah, save your money. You'll need it for med school apps :)
  5. xucardsfan08

    xucardsfan08 2+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2006
    Well, you can't bring your own to the MCAT, so I wouldn't get used to owning your own.

    Just try to get used to surrounding noise.
  6. Drewsuf

    Drewsuf Senior Member 2+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2007
    Don't worry about it!! The room that you take the exam in is silent. There is really no noise at all. Plus they provide everyone with sound reducing headphones which pretty much completely eliminate any noise. And yes, they won't let you take anything into the test room.
  7. EECStoMed

    EECStoMed Persistence > Intel 2+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2007
    They will give you earplugs and also those big ones that you put over your ear. I talked to one of the PTA (prometric testing administrators) at 100 California in SF where I'll be taking my MCAT and he was extremely helpful in answering any questions that I had. The place is extremely silent, perhaps a little bit too quiet for my liking.
  8. .surgical.

    .surgical. Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    My Thomson Prometric center provided giant ear-muff type sound reducers, although they were incredibly uncomfortable. Ear plugs from the outside were not allowed into the room (hell NOTHING from the outside was allowed into the room). The testing room was 8 people sitting at computers in a soundproof room, it was EXTREMELY quiet. Unless you are REALLY bothered by the sound of other people thinking, then you will be fine on test day.
  9. DynMD

    DynMD Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    My test center, wouldn't allow anyone to bring ear plugs into the room either. The sound reducing earphones were okay, you could still hear other people typing but after a while I was really focused when reading the passages and answering questions that the typing didn't bother me anymore.
  10. mrmandrake

    mrmandrake 7+ Year Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    I have some custom $100 silicon earplugs from my audiologist. It is custom molded to my ear canal so it is very comfortable. If you are looking for a way to reduce noise when studying at the library, this works for me and worth it in the long run because they will last throughout med school. Don't get the musicians earplugs, they are more expensive and attenuate sound evenly, you want the highest attenuation possible.

    These are not as good at blocking sound as the NRR33 earplugs, but a lot more comfortable. Look up your local audiologist ask tell him exactly what you want, he can probably take care of it. Again, these are good to block out general talking and noises, not loud noises.

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