Ear Protection

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    Question Ear Protection

    Hey DC- what is the very best ear protection a guy can get for shooting sports, range work, IDPA shoots, etc... I have used foam ear plugs and the basic ear muff type from gun stores. What is the best you can get? What do you wear? All recommendations welcome!!!
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    I have worked in High Noise Environments most of my working career. I have worked using high speed cryogenic pumps. And though my company supplied us with padded ear muffs that attached to our hardhats, I alway preferred the Howard Leight foam earplugs. Most people like the electronic noise canceling headphones, but i get by with the foam kind.
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    I like the rubber ear plugs. I had a set custom made for me in the navy working on the flight deck of a carrier. Basically the same as the rubber ones at the store. don't know if they're the best but they work pretty good.

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    I use the Peltor 7's.

    I just keep them on but can hear normal conversations.
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    I have some howard leight impact sport electronic ones.

    I think that electronic muffs are hard to beat, make it easy to hear range commands and communicate, but still protect from dangerously high levels.
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    I bought a box of these. 3M E-A-R Classic Earplug, Yellow, 200-Pair - Amazon.com

    These are not the most comfortable for long bouts, but when I am at the range I have found them to provide the most attenuation for me.

    I also have a pair of these:
    Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Electronic Earmuff - Amazon.com

    Often I "double up." I have some hearing damage from a gunshot in an enclosed space. It's overkill to do both, but I don't care. The resulting permanent tinnitus is reminder that it is better for me to be safe than sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    Often I "double up." I have some hearing damage from a gunshot in an enclosed space. It's overkill to do both, but I don't care. The resulting permanent tinnitus is reminder that it is better for me to be safe than sorry.
    - Same here. I'm overly protective of my hearing, so I double up with ear plugs and muffs. I can take off the muffs if I can't hear someone talking and still have the plugs in.
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    I've been using these EarPro EP3 Sonic Defenders® Earplugs from SureFire both at the range and in the field.
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    Most ear plugs will give you more protection than ear muffs, around 33 db, muffs will give you around 25. The numbers are not additive but the muffs will give you about 4 more db, which is better. I always use both to protect what hearing I have left. Wearing hearing aids works, but I would rather have my hearing back.

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    Good hearing is over rated if your wife snores.
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    I used to have a pair of musicians earplugs that are custom fitted by whatever the ear doctors are called. They wore out, so I got a pair of cheaper electronic ones from Walmart to see if I liked the style, and I do.

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    I use a combination of cheap foam ear plugs and Remington green plastic ear muffs. Between the two of them noise levels are reduced 60+ decibels. Very comfortable and cheap protection. good luck
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    MSA Sordin Supreme Pro-X - these actively cancel impulsive noise. I still double up with foam plugs when the guys next to me are using heavy artillery or rifles with muzzle brakes, but overall these are quite effective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennydale View Post
    I have worked in High Noise Environments most of my working career. I have worked using high speed cryogenic pumps.
    Isn't that what they use to keep Ted Williams head frozen?
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