Everybody is free to choose their strategy. There's a ton of information available to all of us. Some of that information is available from professional trainers and some is available from people's opinions.
I'm not a professional trainer, so you can take my input as just another opinion.
My goal in posting the responses I did was only to be helpful as I see misinformation posted on these types of forums frequently and I hope we're all here for the same purpose -- to try to help eachother -- to learn from eachother.
Carry earplugs. Don't carry earplugs. I've obviously said my piece.
I will recommend that you discuss this with a qualified and experienced professional trainer to get an expert's opinion which would carry more weight than mine.
Not sure how my one-liner post prompted a lecture, but ... thanks? ... I was simply pointing out that Marthor was the "OP" you were referring to in that post of yours I quoted.
Dude, I'm not trying to be an !!!hole,seriously but I swear I can't think of any other way to put this. Carry a set w/you keep a set on your nightstand . If you have time to use them great . I won't loose sleep however you handle it. But I damn sure wouldn't have them hanging around my neck when the police show up.
if im ever in a SD situation,earplugs will be the last thing i'm worrying about.
now if something like a SHTF situation breaks out & bullets are flying like politicians B.S. & i dont have a pair of ear plugs with me? i smoke,so i'll just break off a couple of cig.butts & hope i dont have to smoke'em if i got'em