Back in 2020 I saw an advert on Facebook for some magical earbuds that supposedly helped reduce stress levels for people with Misophonia and sensitive hearing in a “subtle, but potentially life-changing way”. Like most people, I was sceptical of such claims, especially on a Facebook ad.
But when I looked at the comments, I was surprised to see how many people with a hyper-sensitivity to sound love these. Everyone pointed out these earbuds make them more relaxed and filter irritating noises to a more manageable level. So with my sensitive hearing and hatred of loud bangs, I thought I’d try some for myself.
Two years later I’m writing this article about how I’ve spent over £300 on earbuds for myself and my family, something I never imagined I’d say in my lifetime. But why?
Well, here’s my experience with the Flare Audio Calmer Earbuds and how they improved my quality of life.
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Flare Audio’s Calmer earbuds are small, discreet, and comfortable soft-touch durable silicone ear devices. They are designed for sensitive hearing protection from auditory triggers and sound sensitivity. Unlike other ear plugs or headsets, they’re not wired, have a discreet design, and you won’t need to download an app or pair them with your smartphone.
These discreet ear devices also don’t block out all annoying sounds. They’re designed to block the sound waves that trigger sound sensitivities such as Misophonia, and even hearing conditions such as Tinnitus.
But that’s a good thing, as the goal isn’t to reduce volume, but to go about your everyday life with fewer stressors and harsh noises. By blocking out excess noise – not volume – you can still hear everyone around you. They take the unpleasant edge off the most irritating background noises!
When we concentrate our attention on something, it becomes easier to focus on other things. When we relax our mind, we become more aware of everything around us. That is why meditation helps you to calm down and think clearly, and the Calmer buds offer a way into that mindset by removing the most distracting frequencies from everyday sounds by reshaping your ear canal.
It’s suspected those of us who are hypersensitive to loud noise have an evolutionary trait which has been passed down through generations. We have developed these sound sensitivities as a survival mechanism when we were hunting animals and needed to be able to hear predators coming at us.
In a connected, modern world, this has proven to be much more of a hindrance than a help, often triggering stressful fight-or-flight responses and a hatred of sound. So those of us with noise sensitivity can enjoy earbuds like these to reduce the stressful sounds that come from background noise and put our minds in a more relaxed state, avoiding sensory overwhelm in the process.
The clear, translucent Calmer earbuds are the most popular choice for a discreet fit
The Calmer comes in recyclable packaging as an eco-friendly cardboard packet, with a mesh carry pouch and a handy user guide.
The Calmer earbuds are made of silicone and are small, but in a good way! The earbuds take an oval shape and have an antenna-like durable stem at the end of the earbuds to allow easy removal.
They come in three sizes – Kids size, mini size, and standard size, so there’s something for everyone. My daughter’s 6 and she wears the kids ones, her mum wears the mini and I (an average sized man) wear the standard size.
Where do I begin? I can’t begin to stress (no pun intended!) how much these earbuds changed my life when I first tried them back in 2020. Here are three main things I love about Calmer earbuds:
It’s easy to be sceptical about a product that claims to remove unpleasant sounds and reduce the sensory overwhelm that comes with neurodivergent conditions such as ADHD and Misophonia. But in reality, they have to be heard to be believed!
It’s important to remember that they work best when you don’t realise you have them in – It’s only when you take them out that you realise how relaxed you are! Which leads me onto my next point.
Flare Audio Calmer come in a range of sizes and colours!
The soft silicone earbuds are so comfortable I forget I’m wearing them all the time. To the point where I’ve left them in overnight for days on end (Note, this isn’t recommended as your ears need to breathe). But I see that as a testament to how comfortable they really are and how good they are at blocking out loud sounds!
Speaking of which, if you’re worried about losing them when you take them out, Flare Audio sell aluminium capsules of different sizes that fit on your keychain. That way you can take them out while you’re out and about and not worry about misplacing them!
Coming in at just under £20 in the UK and $30 in the USA, the Calmer buds are a bargain. Whatever your use case, you’ll make £20 back in ways you can’t imagine.
Maybe you’re more productive at work and get more shift hours, or you get better grades at college since you can focus better. Or if you’re like me, fewer loud sounds and annoying noises mean you’re happier wearing them. I don’t overeat for comfort as much as I used to because I’m more relaxed wearing them, so I’m saving money there too!
If your ears are different sizes like mine, you may find that one earbud fits nicer than the other.
For me, this isn’t a huge issue on the Calmer range since they’re soft and flexible enough to accommodate this. But on the Pro version I do have some issues with my right ear over extended periods of time, so I only wear those for two-three hours at most.
Of course, this will vary from person-to-person, and they do offer a very generous 100-day returns guarantee. But I can’t fault the original Calmer range otherwise. They work like an absolute dream and I love how they are so discreet unlike regular earplugs.
Some users have reported that they use Calmer earbuds to enhance the audio of their favourite artists. While I never bought them for boosting audio quality and the overall listening experience, nor did I notice a significant difference, they haven’t hindered my audio experience.
Then again, I often listen to amateur recordings through high-end headphones, which sit over the top of the earbuds with comfort. So even with loud music in my ears, these are still very comfortable and enjoyable!
For enhanced music quality and if you’re ultra-sensitive to noise, go for the Calmer Pro!
One of my biggest gripes with products like this is when they give you a measly return window for health and safety reasons. But not Flare Audio who are so convinced you’ll enjoy the Calmer experience they offer an incredibly generous 100-day returns policy.
Why that’s so vital is because the earbuds do take some getting used to (as well as finding the right size for you, of course). Many Autistic people struggle with tactile sensory issues too, so the returns policy is a deal-breaker.
Do note as well that you need to give them time to work. I found that it took me a day or two to really familiarise myself with how they work, and now I can’t stop wearing them. They truly have changed my life and improved my relationship with my family!
Get 15% off Flare Audio’s life-changing range of earbuds today and let them change your life like they have changed mine!
Last Updated on June 22, 2023 by Neurodadversity
The Flare Audio Calmer range is one of the most innovative products to come to market in recent years. With a range of colors and sizes, as well as the Night and Pro versions, there's something for everyone. Plus, the 100-day guarantee gives an extra level of confidence for those who are still on the fence. Truly life-changing.
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