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Life Span of Molded Ear Plugs???

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Martinpicker, Aug 27, 2012.

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  1. Martinpicker

    Martinpicker Active Member

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    Dear Friends,

    So how long should I expect my poured, molded ear plugs to serve their purpose? Mine are about a year old...should I consider replacing them?

    Thanks, Jack
     
  2. wm rike

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    Just my experience, but I replace them about every three years. It seems that in that period of time something changes (probably me) and they don't seal quite as well anymore.
     
  3. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    Both the oil from your ears and, even more so, the sun's UV rays are the plug's enemies. Don't leave them out in the sun. They will go bad quickly if exposed any length of time in the sun. Good luck.
     
  4. kraiza

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    I replace them evey 3 to 4 years
     
  5. oleolliedawg

    oleolliedawg Banned User Banned TS Supporters

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    I've had mine since the last Grand in Vandalia. Wife got hers the same time and they fell apart long ago!!
     
  6. high 2

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    I've got a set that was made in 1992 and still going strong. If they get loose put a couple of coats of clear on them. Larry
     
  7. Jdwithsc

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    My wife is a professor of audiology who fits these for my friends. She said they should last about 3 years before needing to be replaced due to changes in ear shape and shrinkage of the material.
     
  8. Martinpicker

    Martinpicker Active Member

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    Thanks so much. Jack
     
  9. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    I've been wearing the same pair for at least 25 years. I think I paid a woman at the old Miramar trap club $20.00 to make them.
     
  10. Dr.Longshot

    Dr.Longshot Banned Banned

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    The moulded in your ear earplugs normally are around $20 and they put a color dot in the right ear plug.

    Mat'l cost is negligible the rest ia labor.

    $50 plugs are un reasonable.



    GB
    DLS
     
  11. Dickgshot

    Dickgshot Well-Known Member

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    When you discover that you can hear pretty well when your ear plugs are in.
     
  12. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    Jdwithsc answered the question.

    Hap
     
  13. 320090T

    320090T Well-Known Member

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    One of the first ear plug guys, Gary, told me whenever they break or you lose or gain 10 pounds. He said your ears change with weight. I have three pair and 30 pounds.
     
  14. BDodd

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    I, too, have gotten many years (+/- 18) out of my current favorite pair. I have essentially new ones waiting for an idea I need to switch to them......breakemall
     
  15. gdbabin

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    I throw mine away when the get moldy...



    Guy B.
     
  16. Lead Miner

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    Depends on if you are male or female. Females can streatch the use of a pair for a long time. The male on the other hand need 4 pair to start out with especially if he is married. 4 you ask. Well here is why. The normal wife will wear out the first 2 pair fairly quickly so then you will need to use the 3rd pair. So why the 4 pair you ask. Well just in case. Terry

    Dr. Longshot... the person that does them for 25 will not be around to fix them when they give you problems or fall apart due to a poor job done. Show me a business plan for someone that does it for a living to survive on $25.00 per pair. They cannot. Just my opinion and yes my wife is in the business full time doing over 2,000 pair each year. She goes by Ear Gems. Ask for Nancy aka lead miners wife.
     
  17. trapwife

    trapwife Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    My first pair didn't last too long, my dog ate one, true story.
     
  18. clayman51

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    Your hearing will only be as good as it is today, it does not get any better. 35 to 40 bucks ever two to three years is a cheap price to pay for valuable hearing! Have you checked the price of hearing aids?

    Dennis
     
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