In the ear hearing protection.

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    In the ear hearing protection.

    I have been seen a lot of ear bud style hearing protectors lately. They operate like hearing aids but have protection factors like ear plugs (and cut out for shots). Surefire even has some out for $9.95. Anyone use these? Are they just as good as ear muffs for the range?

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    I Would Be Skeptical...

    about quality ear protection under $10...

    In many ways...you usually get what you pay for...

    My electronic muff were around $130...

    $130...or...$10...Mmmmmm something doesn't jive here...

    Maybe it's just me...

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    They are rated as only 9 NRR without the noise braker and16 NRR with it. Not very impressive. I won't go to an indoor range without 26 NRR minimum and even then big calibers bother me for a bit. I prefer a good 28-30 NRR in my hearing protection. For $10 bucks it's better than nothing.

    If you go to gun shows look for the guy doing the ear mold type. They get you over 20 NRR and they are custom molded to your ear. Basically they inject the mix in your ear, you sit and wait a few minutes and you have an ear plug. I see them usually around $30-40 depending. My gun club did them as a fund raiser and charged on the high side.
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    the max rating of the Surefire is only 16dB NRR, for me that is not much

    I have very sensitive ears and would like to keep it that way for a long time. At the range I use both disposable ear plugs with a 33 NRR rating AND 29 NRR ear muffs. I would not recommend using a product with a low rating.

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    The only thing I would consider are the muffs. I've tryed the ear plugs and they don't seem to do the job.

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    Muff give better sound reduction and protection. over most plugs. Electronic ones will amplify lower sounds and block the loud ones. These plugs you mention do NOT have electronic filtering. $10, you get what you pay for, but maybe not with these, very low rating in sound reduction.

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    Yea that's what I was kind of thinking. Cheaper then dirt has an electric pair and I saw some in wallmart that have the amplification feature to. My sinceco muffs are kind of bulky silencio (Rangesafe Electronic Stereo). NRR about 25.
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    I've worked in loud shops most of my adult life. I've been shooting and hunting since I could pick up a gun. I still have very good hearing. Don't skimp on hearing protection. When shooting indoors, I use muffs and custom molded plugs together. Outdoors, I just use the plugs except when shooting rifles. At work (loud machine shop), I use disposeable plugs. I've used electronic muffs and they worked as advertised but when I used them with ear plugs, it didn't work out. Protect your hearing no matter what it costs.

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