What Type of Hearing Protection do YOU Prefer?

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by IGETEVEN, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Personally I use both, mostly plugs, but it really depends on what caliber I am shooting and where I am shooting, inside or outside. Also if it is cold outside, I will definitely use my muffs.

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  2. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    If I am shooting 22 lr rifles seeing as mine all have 25" barrels on them. I just use plugs. Anything bigger or if I am shooting pistols at all it is plugs and muffs. This summer I am going into get a set of westone custom molded hunter model ear plugs that way I can here fine with them in and still get the sound of the shot blocked out.
     

  3. Mack Bolan

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    i love my ability to hear....still enjoy playing some instruments and do not want any premature hearing loss.

    for now i go with those peltor combat plugs -green side for indoor and yellow side for outdoor and then just about any pair of muffs over those will do.

    i'd like to get those custom molded ones too but havent been able to locate the guy around here that does them, i heard he can be spotted at some local gun shows, just havent found him yet.
     
  4. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    I have a 50% hearing loss in both ears and I'm protecting what is left!!
     
  5. canebrake

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    I use plugs most of the time. When I go heavy, I'll add muffs.

    I can recommend this brand of plugs with no hesitation. Ear Pro Sonic Defenders, I use the Sonic Defenders plus which has a cap to add extra protection. Model EP4-M (Medium, you won't need large!)

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  6. GeauxTigersGuy

    GeauxTigersGuy New Member

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    Muffs for me. I feel my ears are the safest and most comfortable with them on. And, I hate putting stuff down into my ears.
     
  7. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Cain, I have heard some good things about them Sonic Defenders and some of the guys I shoot with use them as well. I tried a pair and was impressed and they sure beat the hell out of them foam plugs. They are comfortable and inexpensive for a plug that can be reused, sanitized, and best of all, their adjustable for sound. :D

    Thanks, I have made my mind up and they are indeed my next purchase. :cool:

    Jack
     
  8. Car54

    Car54 New Member

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    Me too. Plugs just don't seem to fit right.
     
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  9. canebrake

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    You will love them! Shop around and you should find them for <$15 a pair.

    Be sure they are the Surefire EarPro EP4 Sonic Defenders Plus Earplugs which have a higher db rating than the EP3s.

    I get mine here, most gun related sellers double the price:

    Surefire | EarPro EP4 Sonic Defenders Plus Earplugs | EP4-MPR
     
  10. Mack Bolan

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    i like how they are red and white for left and right like the stereo rca plugs:)
     
  11. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    They will cost more but to get the best ones go to your ENT if you don't have an ENT ask your regular doc to give you a name.

    Welcome to Westone | Westone

    From all of my research Everything leads to westone being the best. I have about 30 to 40% hearing loss over all and I tend keep it right there. I prefer being able to hear people and I really suck at learing new languages to sign language for me would be a complete pain in the ares.

    the guy at the gun show is not the guy to go too for custom molded ear plugs. It needs to be done by a professional that knows the workings of the ear inner middle and outer. That would be an audiologist....

    When my son stops growing he christmas or birthday present will be a set of custom molded westone ear plugs.
     
  12. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    For whoever uses nothing, after a while you can just turn off your hearing aid.:rolleyes:

    I wear muffs for 22s, and muffs/ plugs for anything bigger. Only exception is a suppressed .22. Have seen my audiograms- too many years of military ranges back in the day when you did not use plugs. Want to keep what I have left.
     
  13. Don Davis

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    I personally like the "new" electronic ear muffs.

    If you get a quality pair they work great and are adjustable.

    :cool:
     
  14. Dillinger

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    I don't take any chances. If I am pistol shooting, I use foam inserts that rate about 32-33dB and then I add electonic ear muffs over those. Especially when I am indoors. Reverb is a bitch. :(:eek:

    When I am shooting my rifles, it's always outdoors and I always use my foam inserts. IF I can also get behind the trigger with my electronic ear muffs, I use them.

    Your hearing is an amazing resource and needs to be protected.

    JD
     
  15. Mack Bolan

    Mack Bolan New Member

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    thanks cpttango30.
     
  16. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    I too use the westone plugs. There is nothing as comfortable as a plug that was custom made for your ears.
     
  17. Troy Michalik

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    I've used the foam plugs all my life, not only for shooting but when I worked in refineries as well. They have always worked great for me, but I think it's getting time to move up to the custom molded ones.
     
  18. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    I like the plugs on the plastic band. Easy to put on and take off and almost free to replace plugs.
     
  19. UnderFire

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    Muffs for me...the plugs start to irritate with all the sweating that goes on in the Spring & Summer time. I live in a very hot state. :(
     
  20. honeybadger

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    my hearing is crazy sensitive and if I've learned anything it's that muffs aren't good enough.
    I'm using both inside and outside. I think if I was alone outside I could probably get away with one or the other, but I have to go to a range and someone is always shooting something larget than I am