In-Ear Sound Protection

In-Ear Sound Protection

This is a discussion on In-Ear Sound Protection within the Related Gear & Equipment forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Does anyone have a favorite in-ear model they love that costs less than, say $50 a pair? I'd prefer to keep the cost at $20 ...

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    Question In-Ear Sound Protection

    Does anyone have a favorite in-ear model they love that costs less than, say $50 a pair? I'd prefer to keep the cost at $20 or so if that is reasonable. I only have limited experience with in-ear protection (mainly industrial experience), so I'd appreciate any input ya'll can provide. Thanks in advance.


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    No experience but I found these last week, and I've been interested in them ever since.

    EarPro EP-3 Sonic Defenders® Earplugs - EP3 from SureFire
    Signature Series™ - EP6 available from SureFire

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    Those Surefire are awesome, and very well rated. Great for the money.
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    I'm not a big fan of the fancy reed controlled this and that. The NRR isn't usually rated very high and the usually cost around 15-20 bucks!

    I use the cheap foam ones instead, the dB reduction is almost twice the rating of the fancy ones.
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    Foam plugs - $15/100 pair - with the same or better noise ruduction. I actually wear the foam plugs under my electronic muffs. I like my hearing just the way it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canav844 View Post
    No experience but I found these last week, and I've been interested in them ever since.

    EarPro EP-3 Sonic Defenders® Earplugs - EP3 from SureFire
    Signature Series™ - EP6 available from SureFire
    I like the sonic defenders as well. I seem to be able to hear people speaking better with them than some of the others. But, as others have said, a case of the cheap foam ones will last you forever and more than get the job done.
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    Good foam plugs work ok for some "situations" (like my .357 mag. @out door ranges) but not for others. Shooting my .357 indoors = not for me nor is shooting my SOCOM16 7.62 NATO (indoors or out doors.) I use mostly "electronic" Muffs mainly, but I have a set of "fitted" inner ear plugs. for my SOCOM "tac" situations ( actually carry them on the Gun. ) These give me enough "protection, so I can hear the next day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canav844 View Post
    No experience but I found these last week, and I've been interested in them ever since.

    EarPro EP-3 Sonic Defenders® Earplugs - EP3 from SureFire
    Signature Series™ - EP6 available from SureFire


    Go with the Surefires. I've been using them for the last 3 years...
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    R&G,

    Another very much viable and well tested & proven option...

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    Thanks for all of the input! I ordered some Hocks Noise Brakers (I knew of these from a prior life), some CAE Single-End Reusuables, and some Quiet Ear Variable Noise Reduction Reusable.

    Couldn't find the new CAE's, Janq, but those led me back to the older CAE models. I'll keep my eyes open for the newer models.

    The SureFires looked good, but I don't like stuff wrapping around my ear - I prefer a plug and play.........

    The foams are excellent for constant noise environments, and I might end up with foams, but I wanted to try the variables first.

    Range report to follow!

    Thanks again!

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    Can someon explain how the Surefire EP3 works? Does it cut out all noise above 80db or does it simply reduce all noise above 80db by 16dB? Because 16dB for a range session doesn't sound very safe.

    •16dB Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) for EP3 Sonic Defenders with stoppers in
    •Lowers potentially dangerous noise levels above 80dB

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    Silicone, anyone?

    I use the "swimmers ear" silicone ear plugs, available at Wally World. A few bucks for eight blobs of silicone that can be custom fitted to your ear canals, then tossed at the end of the day. I use them for NASCAR races, shooting, air shows and anywhere else my ears need some protection. Good stuff...
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    Winchester orange foam ear plugs... Best foam ear plugs I have used..

    I found them at Walmarts.

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    I used to work in a printshop & the disposable plugs eventually gave me wicked headaches. Had some custom fitted, the company was called E.A.R. That was probably 10 years ago, but they still work fine. I use these w/o muffs @ the outdoor range.

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