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December 3rd, 2013 11:22 PM
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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December 3rd, 2013 11:30 PM
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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December 3rd, 2013 11:43 PM
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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December 3rd, 2013 11:44 PM
I use the Peltor 7's.
I just keep them on but can hear normal conversations.
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December 3rd, 2013 11:46 PM
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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December 3rd, 2013 11:55 PM
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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December 3rd, 2013 11:57 PM
- 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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December 4th, 2013 12:04 AM
I've been using these EarPro EP3 Sonic Defenders® Earplugs from SureFire both at the range and in the field.
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December 4th, 2013 12:16 AM
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December 4th, 2013 08:24 AM
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.
December 4th, 2013 09:41 AM
Good hearing is over rated if your wife snores.
December 4th, 2013 09:47 AM
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.
December 4th, 2013 10:03 AM
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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December 4th, 2013 10:48 AM
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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December 4th, 2013 11:51 AM
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