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Old 10-01-2011, 02:51 PM   #11
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According to the OSHA training course that we go through at work the foam type earplugs are better at blocking noise than earmuffs. I have worn both on the job and agree.
When I ran a hearing protection program, OSHA didn’t have numbers for the use of both plugs AND muffs. Do they now?

I know NRR ratings aren’t additive. That is; a 30 NRR plug and a 30 NRR muff don’t yield a 60 NRR. I’m thinking they might give you 35 – 40 NRR, maybe.

Which doesn’t sound like much of a difference, except that every couple of decibels is actually double the amount of sound, so it would really be a LOT of hearing protection. Any of you know about plug plus muff ratings/effectiveness?

Related; Do any of you go to ranges with ‘baffles’ hanging down from the ceiling and off the walls?
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At the range, where you never know what someone will shoot next to you (30 carbine Ruger Blackhawk, 7mm STW with muzzle break, etc) I use 32 db muffs AND foam plugs. Hunting I use Peltor 6s.

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Wearing both plugs and muffs together was discussed at our last class and an answer was given...trouble is I can't remember what it was. At times I have CRS. I see our safety advocates from time to time and will ask.

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I worked construction so long with no hearing protection. (we didn't know we needed it) and shot pistols and rifles so much in my younger days, my most used word is, "huh?"

I now use muffs when ever the noise level is uncomfortable at work, and always when shooting. I can't stand to put the plugs in my ears or I would use both. I would strongly recommend using both.

The young folks at work sneer at me when using hearing or dust protection, and I just have to shake my head and smile. I know exactly where they are headed, they don't.

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MSA Supreme Pro-X. Love em.

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I use MSA Sordin Supreme Pro-X too, they work great. I´ve got Peltor SortTacs too but I like the Sordins more, much clearer and better sound quality.

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Peltor 7S electronic ear muffs when I need to hear range commands, otherwise, standard foam ear plugs. Had the Peltors about a year now and so far so good.

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At the range, where you never know what someone will shoot next to you (30 carbine Ruger Blackhawk, 7mm STW with muzzle break, etc) I use 32 db muffs AND foam plugs. Hunting I use Peltor 6s.
I use it for IPSC. Excellent, you can talk without being disturbed by people shooting near you. They are also very light.
Highly recommended.

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I use both. But I like using muffs better than plugs.

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depends, when I'm out hunting I don't use any unless I'm using a 300 win mag or the 7mm mag, and when I'm out at the range I use muff unless I can't find mine then I use plugs.

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