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    I suggest looking at industrial supply dealers, either locally on on-line. You will find any number of choices, all OSHA-approved with proven sound-reduction capabilities for use by workers in noisy environments. You will also recognize some of them as being identical to products marketed by big-name firearms outfits, the only differences being embedded marketing logos, packaging, and a big difference in cost.

    At one time I seriously considered purchasing in volume from a manufacturer and reselling on my holster business website. The price differences are truly astronomical! I never went that far, but I did order several hundred excellent quality OSHA-approved ear plugs for less than $2 per set, identical to the ones offered by a big-name firearms company for ~$15 retail, and gave them away as a business promotional item. There are similar price differences between brand-name ear muff-style and identical products sold to business and industrial users ($12 to $20 vs. $60 to $100). There are also single-use disposables that are sold by shooting supply companies for ~$5, but can be purchased by the box for less than $1 per set (I carry a box of those in my range bag and frequently give them away to others).

    Shooting supply catalogs and websites for shooting supplies, industrial supply houses for hearing protection (and eye protection; couple of bucks for OSHA-approved gear instead of ~$10 or more for the same thing at a sporting goods dealer).

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    I bought an electronic headset from Harbor Freight for about $15 on sale. It works very well by itself but can be a bit bulky for rifle. I augment it with foam ear plugs and can still hear the range officer speak.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/noise-...ffs-92851.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr View Post
    Howard Leight Impact Pro. Great for handguns indoors, double up with foam plugs if desired.
    That's what I use, but with SureFire EP3 inside them.
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    PSA: If you use the battery operated muffs, such as, Howard Leight, etc; and if you use them on an infrequent basis, i.e. once/month or less, remove the batteries and store them within the muffs while not in use. This will preserve the batteries just in case the ON/OFF switch is left in the ON position. Also, batteries tend to "leak" if they're not used for an extended period of time.
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    Ear plugs for rifle (better cheek weld on the stock), over the ear muffs for pistol. I just go by the noise reduction rating.

    One thing to bear in mind is that I’ve seen some shooting glasses interfere with the proper fit of the over the ear muffs. Just something to be aware of...best to actually try them out if possible, while wearing your glasses.

    Only time I’ve ever wanted to double up and use both is when the yahoos turn up at the range with their short barrel AR “pistols” to make a lot of noise while not hitting anything...
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    Nope. I double up in my hearing protection at an indie range. You can’t get your hearing back.


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    Normally when a couple dozen members have already written the same thing, I don't add another post. But truly it can not be stressed enough: WEAR DOUBLE HEARING PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING INDOORS!

    And if you already have some hearing loss (as I do) it is even more important to wear the best protection you can get, to save what little hearing you have left. I repeat: Indoors: foam ear plugs in the ears and electronic muffs over the ears/head!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    One thing to bear in mind is that I’ve seen some shooting glasses interfere with the proper fit of the over the ear muffs. Just something to be aware of...best to actually try them out if possible, while wearing your glasses.
    There's an outfit that sells gel pads especially to handle that problem, they're designed for the HL Impact Sport, but have adapters for other brands.
    https://noisefighters.com/products/sightlines1
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    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    I worked 30 years in a steel mill meltshop and the yellow plugs worked great and no major loss in hearing (don't let the wife know). I prefer those over the muffs. the DB range is better than advertised.
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    I don't recall the last time I used an indoor range.

    I agree with the advice being given about doubling up with hearing protection when using an indoor range. The last time I used an range I was using my standard pair of muffs when someone came in and RO announced that someone was shooting a magnum. I did not understand at that point, but learned quickly, as the why of the announcement. A magnum round going off indoors can be very loud. Depending on how the range is built, basically how well it absorbs sound, determines how much sound dampening occurs. With the physics of sound, being indoors will always amplify the sound more than being outdoors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mck1975 View Post
    I worked 30 years in a steel mill meltshop and the yellow plugs worked great and no major loss in hearing (don't let the wife know). I prefer those over the muffs. the DB range is better than advertised.
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    At the rifle range MCRD Parris Island 1964 qualification hearing protection (Cotton-Balls) inserted in ones ears. Not exactly state of the art even then. Today MSA as opposed to hearing protection from other suppliers there is reason why MSA is $$$ because they are better than $$ units.

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    The few times I have gone to an indoor range I use an electronic muff over foam plugs. when standing next to a cement wall, the echo can confuse the electronics and sometimes not compress the sound! In that case the foam plugs will protect you. I turn the volume up on the electronics so I can hear what is going on behind me but still have that protection. Good luck. DR

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilted cowboy View Post
    yes do not go cheap.
    The '70s and ,80s and bartending at bars with live entertainment did me in with a wicked case of tinnitus.
    I use noise cancelling headgear and sometimes double up with foam plugs.
    i don't have any tinnitus, just the occasional ringing.

    I have several pairs of cheapo generic muffs that work fine outdoors but indoors, yes definitely double up. Indoor shooting will melt your bones, especially your ear bones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShooterGranny View Post
    Normally when a couple dozen members have already written the same thing, I don't add another post. But truly it can not be stressed enough: WEAR DOUBLE HEARING PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING INDOORS!

    And if you already have some hearing loss (as I do) it is even more important to wear the best protection you can get, to save what little hearing you have left. I repeat: Indoors: foam ear plugs in the ears and electronic muffs over the ears/head!
    Worth repeating. I did EMS for years. Sat under sirens for years. Decades later when I was in my early 50’s the hearing loss showed up. You may think you’re fine because the affects don’t show up for a very long time. You’ll want to hear later in life.
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