Hearing protection question

Discussion in 'Firearm Accessories & Gear' started by StoneCat, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. StoneCat

    StoneCat New Member

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    I I'm looking for some half decent hearing protection to replace my beat up old cans. What do you guys use? What do you suggest? Hell, what do you even look for when buying?
    -thanks.
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    How well a hearing protection device works is shown by the NRR- Noise Reduction Ratio- marked on the package. Please note the higher the number, more noise it stops. About the highest out there are the foam disposable plugs- around 33. Muffs run about 20-25

    Good muffs- look at part that fits around your ear, and adjustments. Will they fit with headgear, interfere with stock weld, get in way of shotgun, etc. Have had several really good industrial sets- I now keep 3 or 4 of the Harbor Freight cheapies in the toolbox of the truck. $1.99 with a coupon, they are cheap enuff to give away.

    For REALLY loud stuff, I wear EAR foam plugs, muffs over those.
     

  3. StoneCat

    StoneCat New Member

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    That's what I'm using now. For the most part. These cans are industrial but I use the foam plugs too/instead

    What about the electronic ones that allow low noise but cancel out anything over (I think) 85Db? I see a lot of professional-types running them... But in real life only see them when it's range instructors who need radio-comms...
     
  4. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    Have used those a bunch. Very nice if your teaching, or shooting with friends in a open space and talk a lot.
     
  5. StoneCat

    StoneCat New Member

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    What kind do you like Ky?
     
  6. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    IIRC they are peltor brand. My dad has them now. Think maybe around $50 when I got them. He has nicer brand pairs that are great.
     
  7. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I wear foam ear plugs and my ear muffs. I can't remember right off hand what brand they are. The NRR of my muffs are 32.
     
  8. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    Muffs get in the way on my cheek weld. Plugs, with or without strings, fall out of my ears. I like the plugs that are on a band that go behind your neck. They don't get in the way of my 'comb' and the band keeps them in. But you have get the right ones. The orange ones that Hickok45 uses work fine. Another brand I tried first didn't seal my ear canals.
     
  9. treehugger49

    treehugger49 New Member

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    I've gotten good service out of these custom molded ear plugs. I wear them dove hunting and when shooting long guns that interfere with my cheek weld when wearing muffs. For shooting pistols I double up with muffs.

    Reviews seem to be mixed with these types of products, but, again, these fit my ears well and I can wear them comfortably all day.

    http://www.basspro.com/Radians-Custom-Molded-Earplugs/product/10213095/466677
     
  10. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Hmmm.........I don't have a rifle..........but will soon. :D
    It never occurred to me that muffs might interfere with shooting a rifle. I'm going to look into those custom molded earplugs. Thanks for bringing to my attention something I never thought of.
     
  11. mdauben

    mdauben New Member

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    I have a set of the Howard Leight electronic earmuffs. They are slimmer than the industrial kind and don't really interfere when using a rifle. I normally wear them over a set of foam plugs.
     
  12. Gone_South

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    I used cigarette butts a lot when I was in the service. Yeah we had the foam plugs but they had a tendency to get lost. Always had smokes on me back then.
     
  13. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    I have a pair of muffs that I like but they do sometimes cause cheek weld issues (depending on the rifle and shooting position). Oddly enough i use something similar to these at work and they are more effective than the muffs -
    http://www.earplugstore.com/moldex-comets-earplugs.html

    Gonna try them at the range next time I go. Cane has a thread here somewhere reviewing a set of nice in the ear plugs that are supposedly very good.
     
  14. gunnut07

    gunnut07 New Member

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    I don't have much hearing left. There for I use custom made ear plugs from my ENT set me back $1500. They mold your ear canal then you pick the colors and the make them. Once your doc gets them they have you come in for a fitting. If they don't fit right they adjust them till they do. I then were a good paid of ear muffs over the top of that.
     
  15. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    Filtered? Menthol or regular? ;)
     
  16. Gone_South

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    I think it was Marlboro lights. Gotta be careful though. We had one guy who got one a little to far into the ear canal & need some medical help to get it out.