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Best, low cost, hearing protection

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    Question Best, low cost, hearing protection

    What's a good, low cost, option for hearing protection at the range? I've seen the ear muffs that have the sound control on them or the Zem that filters sounds.

    What is everybody using that's still an affordable price?


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    Low cost for me is a pair of earmuffs ($30) and a cheap earplug in each ear.
    The plugs can be bought at the range, Lowe's or Home Depot.

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    I bought some ear muffs at walmart (winchester brand I think) they were like $8 and block 26 db. Used them a while back and they worked great. If you want any extra protection you can get some foam ear plugs for next to nothing to double up. I don't have the funds for anything fancy so this works great for me until I start working full-time and shooting more often.
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    I got some of the Walmart earmuffs as well. They work well and in the long run are cheaper then earplugs. The earplugs are typically not reusable.
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    I bought the Wal Mart muffs also.Work great for me.

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    +1 on wal-marts winchester ear muffs. They work great for me as well.

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    These are reported to be fantastico.
    I just ordered a pair but, have not received them yet.
    I probably should have shopped around first 'cause I paid $24.00 & Shipping for them on Ebay but, here it is direct from the source at $21.00 & Shipping

    Sound Sensor Hearing Protection - Allen Sound Sensor Shooting Hearing Protection



    Allen Sound Sensor is compact and lightweight!!! That's the difference between Sound Sensor and other hearing protectors!
    The Sound Sensor outperforms electronic ear muffs in noise reduction while still allowing you to hear range commands like the expensive electronic muffs.

    Sound Sensors certainly are a lot less bulky and do not require batteries.

    Sound Sensor allows for easy conversation without the "echo" effect.

    The Sound Sensor works by allowing sounds into the patented sound chamber where it is dampened by the special acoustical foam inside the tubes.

    EPA testing has earned the Sound Sensor a noise reduction rating of 26 decibels.

    Adjustable headband. Can also be worn over baseball style caps..

    The Sound Sensor is lightweight - only weighing 1.7 ounces and folds down to 5.75" x 2.5" to easily fit in most pockets

    Includes an extra set of foam ear cushions.

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    I found some ear plugs that are "dual purpose" on one side you can hear everything like people talking untill there is a loud noise over 22db I think then an internal baffle blocks the noise. The other side is just like a regular ear plug that blocks all the noise. I use them at the range and when working. The are called "Browing Duo Ear Plugs" price $14.49 at MidwayUSA.com

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    Basic muffs work okay. In an indoor environment, I'll also use foam or silicone/wax plugs under the muffs, as the indoor ranges tend to really be LOUD. I use the electronic muffs outdoors to amplify voice communications.

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    "Radians" brand Resistor 32 foam plugs. 32 decibel protection.
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    I use the blue plugs from walmart like 1.77 pair and reusable I use them in an indoor range and they block out most handguns well,now when my buddy lets go on full auto with an M16 while still dampening the noise it is kinda loud
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    I'd like to try those Allen Sound Sensor things. They look real lightweight and un-obtrusive.

    Anybody else ever try those?

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    Another member here recommended them a while back and was really pleased with them.

    Quote Originally Posted by cobrar97 View Post
    I'd like to try those Allen Sound Sensor things. They look real lightweight and un-obtrusive.

    Anybody else ever try those?
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    I use re-usable (Actually bought them on base years ago) ear insert ones. The cheap foamies are rated for better protection, but I hate throwing them away all the time. I do keep some on hand for friends. I also have a $40-ish pair of muffs that I double up with if I have no guests that need them.
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