Best Ear Protection

Discussion in 'Firearm Accessories & Gear' started by GlockBurg, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. GlockBurg

    GlockBurg New Member

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    Can someone please share with me what they believe is the best noise canceling headset for the price? I am about to purchase my very first one, and I want to get it right. Thx in advance


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  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    For target plinking the cheap ones will do just fine. For hunting, you should get some with directional microphones.
     

  3. GlockBurg

    GlockBurg New Member

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    Any particular model or brand?


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  4. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Get one from Sports Academy or Gander Mountain. If you don't like it, return it.
     
  5. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    GlockBurg,

    I have used them for years and I prefer PELTOR TACTICAL Electronic Ear Muffs.
    The Tactical model unlike others lets you get down and have a proper cheek weld when shooting rifles and shotguns. Most Ear Muffs are very Round on the Sides and will cause you to not be able to get a proper cheek weld. In addition each earpiece contains two AA Batteries that cuts the sound level off at a specific decibel level. This allows you to carry on a normal conversation at the bench or when hearing range commands given. But when the weapon fires it cuts off the harmful sounds. You can get them with the normal over the head band or the behind the head wire band which I prefer due to the fact I can wear a ball cap without the button on top of the hat burrowing into the top of my head due to the pressure of a normal over the head mounting band. Or the band wanting to slip back on my head while shooting. The below picture of the ones I am speaking about are upside down in the picture. The Wire goes behind your head. And they are very comfortable.

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  6. 25-5

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    Your hearing does not come back after it is lost. I have always used muffs indoors and plugs outside. I still have hearing loss (not at all deaf, but noticeable) after forty years. Get the best muffs you can afford. I use Peltor Tactical Pro. They are electronic and are on the expensive side. They work great. You can also double up, muffs and plugs. Especially indoors next to somebody with a .44 mag. or worse.
    Oh! And turn your music down!!!!! :D
     
  7. DP03

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    I have these and like them a lot.

    Howard Leight by Honeywell R-01902 Impact Pro

    They let you hold normal conversations yet block the noise when shots are fired. I have used these at indoor ranges next to some hefty calibers and they work great.
     
  8. Sniper03

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    Hit the nail on the head! When exposed to excessive decibels ear plugs "Are Not Enough! Contrary to popular belief! Why? Because the bones around the outside of the ear also transmits sound to the ear drum which can be harmful. A perfect example of this was when I was on SWAT for 16+ years. When we started out we had cumberson mikes and ear muffs to communicate with eachother and the Command Post. Then came the wonderful age of technology. We then went to small pads that rested against our jaw bones in front of the ears and left our ear channel completely open to hear with. We found that we could whisper in the small micraphones we wore and the voice even being a whisper would pass through the pad through voice vibration to our jaw bone bone and on to the eardrum. We could hear someone speaking just as clearly as listening through our ear. With that in mind, it proves if exposed to harmful decibles the ear drum still can be injured by the bones around the ear transmitting sound. That could be why 25-5 advised he still has hearing loss only using ear plugs outside? So as he stated your hearing is very valuable and when gone it is gone! So do not take the risk with inferior ear protection spend the extra money and get some quality ear protection that works. I have had one set of my Peltors for well over 15 years. And a couple of years ago purchased two more sets for my grandkids and friends to wear when we go shooting. Dependable protection makes the cost for good quality ear muffs very inexpensive if you follow me! When we instruct the LE Carbine schools I double up with the foam ear plugs and the Peltors as 25-5 mentioned! (Concrete Baffels & Walls!)

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  9. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    At the range, or target shooting. I use both muffs and ear plugs. The muffs are Caldwells, and they have stereo front facing mikes. The important thing to look for is the latch time on the electronics as to how fast they shut down the amplification, and how many dB the cut the sound.

    For shooting I personally don't wear the noise canceling ear muffs. Those I use when I have to fly in small aircraft where that ambient drone of the engine is about a hundred decibels, and I have to listen to it for hours.

    I don't wear them for hunting. But. I hunt spot and stalk style, in fairly open country. The one or two rounds I shoot when hunting, while damaging are far less so than the hundred plus in a short time of a range session.
     
  10. Beezer

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    I'm a fan of the ear muffs and I have a pair of Howard Leights.

    I think I got mine fro around $20 on Amazon.
     
  11. nitestalker

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    It seems old shooter just say "Huh" a lot regardless of ear gear. Use the best you can afford it will be a good investment.:)
     
  12. Control

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    I use both ear plugs and muffs when shooting my rifles as the muff gets pushed away from my right ear by the gunstock.

    Also the double protection is just that, double.

    I got muffs with mics. in them and I could not get them to work well for me.
     
  13. Axxe55

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    hearing loss is permanent and once it's lost, even to a small degree, it's gone. buy the best hearing protection you can afford.

    i use several different types depending upon what i am shooting. most pistols i will use just muffs, but some pistols if they have portd barrels, i will double up with muffs and plugs.

    rifles, i generally use just plugs becasue the muffs interfere with the stock when shooting from the bench and using a scope. unscoped rifles i may use muffs though.
     
  14. KJG67

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    I haven't heard good enough reviews of the electronic muffs to make them worthwhile to balance out potential hearing loss. Despite not necessarily getting the best cheek weld on a stock, my hearing's a hell of a lot more important. And quite honestly, I'm not going to be a sniper shooting a mile. Howard Leight R-03318 Leightning L3 Shooter's Premium Earmuff with a NRR 30 db rating are fantastic, comfortable, I can still hear conversations fine, and it barely interferes with me on proper head position. Indoor pistol/rifle range, or outdoor covered rifle range - the noise reduction is great. Best $20 you can spend. Add soft ear plugs, and you increase the noise protection even more.
     
  15. DP03

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    The Howard Leights I reference about are about $60, but they have the electronic boost, which I find well worth the money. They are also rated at 30 db NRR, which is excellent. I love them.
     
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    You're right they do look good. I must have looked up the wrong one before. Always interested I'm finding something that works well :). Does it stop the crack of a rifle blast really well? I've heard that as a shortcoming on many.
     
  17. mahall

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    Use muffs And plugs, buddy of mine lost half of His Hearing by just using one(plugs) Wasn't even His Gun that did the damage, the stall next to him, someone cracked off a 44 Magnum, next to His head! Even if your gun is tame sounding, you never know about others around you! Again, another area people over spend! Disposable plugs are dirt cheap and about any muffs, designed for shooting will work! I think I paid 20 bucks at walmart for muffs! They work great as double protection!!


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  18. DrFootball

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    I have the Howard Leights, as well as two pr. Of the Caldwell's for me and the Mz.,...we put foam or plastic baffle plugs in anyway when indoors. Outdoors we just use the muffs no plugs. I already have a 10-12% loss in the left ear due to a "Range accident" in the Reserves(some Dumb$&!? Spec. 4 had a discharge with me, and the S-RSO next to him because he was crank-A zing about his M-16's barrel being "Bent"...)
     
  19. cva209x50

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    I use the ear-pro sonic defenders® by surefire©. I currently use the nrr: 26 passives. They make my 12 gauge with a 28" barrel sound like a 22lr when it goes off. They also work OK for hunting (I have a noise sensitivity problem).

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