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What Is the best ear protection??

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Ironsights, May 10, 2013.

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  1. Ironsights

    Ironsights Member

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    I have the perfect gun, I have found the perfect Trap accessories, I found the bag and the eye protection. The one thing I am not totally satisfied with is the Ear protection, I have tried the ear muffs but when the gun is fired it knocks them of. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated, along with links and reasons why.

    Thanks
    Shane
     
  2. cnsane

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    After decades of experience in noisy factories with every form of hearing protection-- EAR Classics, little yellow barrels.
     
  3. Ironsights

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    Where do you buy those??
     
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    I work with Hearing Conservation Specialists in industry, and on the scale of dangerous noise levels, a 12 gauge shotgun blast is at the top (worst) on many comparison scales. It is sometimes referred to as "Impact noise" which causes the most damage to your hearing.

    Protecting your hearing from impact noise at this level requires muffs and plugs. Try different foam plugs till you find one you like, and watch a youtube video on proper insertion. Most shooters do not insert their plugs properly.

    You need to lift one side of the muff to hear the score, but for shooters getting into the sport that plan to shoot a long time it is the only way to protect from hearing loss.
     
  5. g7777777

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    soft disposable plugs

    covered by muffs

    Avoid molded plugs like the typhoid- unless actually made by an audiologist and even then cover them with muffs- but soft plugs still better- the molded kind at gunshows or shoots are just a way to loose your hearing

    but the cheap disposable plugs covered by muffs are better than anything

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  6. Unknown1

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    As Gene says, the "best" hearing protection not only blocks the ear canal but covers the porous mastoid bone of the skull surrounding the ear flap itself. Look at photos of the ear protection worn by flight deck crew members aboard aircraft carriers. The "best" protection comes from a combination of ear plugs and muffs. If that's not practical, a fairly dense foam earplug with an NRR of 31-33 will give fair protection if you're not forward of the muzzle blast.

    I find the green tapered plugs by Pura-Fit (NRR 33) very effective when inserted correctly and more comfortable for me than the yellow barrels. <br><center>[​IMG]</center>

    Keller
     
  7. Big Al 29

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    Insta-Mold.

    Better protection from any and all sponge type, baffle type, ear muff type.
     
  8. Oregunner

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    I have some thin profile shooting muffs that don't interfer with my gun mount. Mark
     
  9. Spanky

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    You can buy the disposable by the gross box full at MSC Ind., Grainger, AirGas or any place like that servicing industrial. Has to be one pretty close to you. No other way cheaper to buy them.
     
  10. Lead Miner

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    An audiologist knows how to make hearing aids not hearing protection. They are lucky if they do more than a couple of dozen molded ear plugs a year and usually do a good job of NOT doing it right.

    My wife does thousands of custom molded ear plugs a year and does them right. Excuse me did I say thousands. Well I meant to say 1,000's of custom molded ear plugs a year. And she guarantees them.

    No custom molded ear plugs are not for everyone. If you have a large straight ear canal then a good foam plug works good for you. If you have a small ear canal or one with a good turn in it then a molded one is better. Remember that in order for a foam plug to work correctly it needs to be properly inserted. Properly inserted also means that if someone is looking at you from the front that they should barely see the end of your foam plug.

    Ear Gems can be found at WWW.ear-gems.com

    Whatever you do, do it right and do it all the time. There is no way to get your hearing back after you loose it.
     
  11. BudsterXT

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    Just get a good foam plug and roll them up and insert it

    You need to learn how to insert them..

    Stretch your other arm out and grab that ear lobe and pull it, just like you are pulling it away from your head.

    ( You reach around of the back of your head,with your other arm, and just hold the ear lobe open)

    You need your arm from the other side of the body, pull the ear lobe and insert the plug.

    You can't just push that foam plug in, you have to roll it up , like a paper towel roll, so it it is smaller. Squish it, roll it up, and make it smaller.

    When you insert in your ear, leave your finger in there until it expands, and you will almost hear muffled sounds.

    You got it.

    Kenny.
     
  12. Perazzi_MX8

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    Military service is where I lost my hearing back when no hearing protection was provided. If I had it to do over again I would use foam ear plugs along with ear muffs over them. I had some custom molded plugs made from silicone at the State Shoot last year and they don't work as good as foam plugs. Ear muffs are tough on the stock and are very hot to wear in the summer but it would keep us from going Huh? and what was that? the rest of our lives.
     
  13. Ironsights

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    Thanks for all the advice so far, here is my last question, I really like wearing the earmuffs but the problem was when I put my check on my comb and shot the gun it would knock off my headset, I have heard that if I switch to the low profile earmuffs I should have no problems , any advice or experience with that??

    Thanks in advance
     
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    I have a question? How did you find the perfect gun? Terry
     
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    I don't see how "low profile" muff work any better than regular muffs as my stock hits the bottom of the muff not the side.
    I raise my right muff, :) up so my stock doesn't go clunk.
     
  16. Dickgshot

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    Molded ear plugs are the only thing that works for me and a lot of other shooters. The foam plugs keep popping out, or if they're in too far they're uncomfortable. The muffs don't allow me to mount the gun. You have to choose
    what works for you.

    You don't "loose" your hearing. You "lose" your hearing. Of course, you
    could lose your hearing with ear plugs that come loose.
     
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    I just read and write a lot
     
  18. g7777777

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    With molded plugs you might think they fit but most of the time they dont and you still dont have protection around the outside bones if you dont wear muffs also

    Foam plugs dont come loose if you put them in properly- Just learn how to fit them properly as described above and teach the young kids also

    Gene
     
  19. Shootrman

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    LEADMINER, sorry but I must strongly disagree! I understand you putting in that plug ( no pun intended....lol ). I would think by you saying an audiologist don't know what they are doing is off the charts. Either you had a bad experience with one (& it happens) or what ever. I had gone to my ears, nose, & throat Doctor (Dr. David Yen of Allentown, Pa. ) after I found out I had thyroid cancer. In the process I told him my hearing was shot and he'd have to speak up. He later checked my hearing, found out that I'm very active in shooting and suggested "Secure Ear by Siemens". It is also a molded ear plug that you can hear the people around you but blocks out the loud popping noises just as a gun, lawn mowing, chain saw, etc. with a guarantee! Wish I would have had them years ago. Relatively inexpensive considering the importance of your hearing. It also has 5 audio settings for loudness which you can use to your advantage such as hunting and you want the protection, but on the other hand you want to hear your buddy talking or the possibility of game. I love mine and highly recommend trying them
     
  20. shot410ga

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    I've been shooting most of my life (long time) And for the first 15 years I wore nothing, next came foam ear plugs, then about 25 years ago I went to custom made plastic. My hearing is still perfect. I never could wear muffs shooting shotguns. They don't fit my stock hold positioning. But, I wear Electronic Howard Light Muffs when I shoot rifles or pistols.
     
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