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This is a discussion on Best Hearing Protection within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I went to my ear doctor yesterday and discussed hearing protection for me as a shooter. I told him that I normally wear the expandable ...

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    Senior Member Array tegemu's Avatar
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    I went to my ear doctor yesterday and discussed hearing protection for me as a shooter. I told him that I normally wear the expandable foam plugs and muffs. I asked him if he thought some of those custom made plugs would be better. His response was that what I was doing, foam plugs and muffs, were the best option. The high priced custom made plugs were not high in his esteem. They are molded to your ears but if not placed precisely as as they were molded, leave sound penetrating gaps, but the foam, which he says provide as good, if not better, protection, expands to fit perfectly. Another problem with molded plugs is that as time passes the shape of the ear changes making the plugs ineffective. Food for thought.
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    Yes, the ''plugs'n'muffs'' is about most potent way to gain protection.

    I use Peltor electronics for most shooting, and for handgun useage they are adequate - keeping the main shock wave peak from reaching the ear harmfully.

    Once tho indoors with handguns and outdoors with fullbore rifles, then ''doubling up'' is very wise.
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    I've got the molded kind, had them for 3 years now and I can definately tell the difference from the foam. The molded are far superior I feel. If they are molded there is only one way for them to go in properly. If you don't have them in correctly you can hear the difference immediately. I also use a pair of electronic muffs over them.

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    Talking Golly you guys must hang out on the "1911" N the THR

    forum these are almost the same answer's he got there. Me I use the combo of orange ear plugs and electronic muffs that way I can still hear what is being said. But that is only when shooting the really nasty stuff, you know the .416 rem mag, the SW 500, the... well you get the idea, for the .45 the electronic is more than adequate to keep the comfort level and noise in a fuctional balance.
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    i use peltors and they seem to work well think there good to 29 or 30 DB reduction i saw another pair forget who there made by but there good to 31 and when you have them on they have a more positive seal to your head

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