My wife has been using earplugs to aid her sleeping ever since we were at Northern Illinois University, circa 2000. So she's become addicted to them and is now at the point where she CAN'T sleep without them. Like many earplug lovers out there, she had to try a bunch of brands to find just the right fit, and Flents (purple colored) Quiet Time Comfort Foam Earplugs turned out to be the best - so she's been using them for years. Just a couple weekends ago, she purchased another 10 pack of these earplugs and they weren't as "squishy", and actually hurt her ears so much that she would wake up a few times in the night. What happened?
Well I called the company, which is actually Apothecary Products out of Minnesota, for an explanation. I talked with a very nice woman who explained they just switched manufacturers of their foam, and this is causing an uproar in the earplug community. Ok she didn't say "earplug community" but anyone reading this that isn't one of my friends -- you're a member of the earplug community! The representative went on to say that they're switching back to the old formula, and the new, original formula earplugs will begin shipping shortly. They will hit Wal-Mart stores first, then everywhere else. She also said they will have a sticker on them saying something like "Original Formula!", so make sure you pick one of them up when they become available.
Fear not, earpluggers, your voice has been heard!