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what is the best hearing protection for shooting

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by TC, Jan 7, 2010.

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  1. TC

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    32db foam ear plugs.
     
  2. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    What TC said. Used properly, they outperform any earmuffs. Neither help much for occsipital (through the skull) sound damage.
     
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    The best is Howard Leight foam at 32-32 NRR and then cover them with muffs.....Even electrics. Forget those bath caulk ones , as you requested what is the best.
     
  4. Limpy100

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    lovethesport Igot a pair of custom made ear plugs at a big shoot and had a walker game piped into one of them. they are great I can hear the scorer on the line and they cut out the blast noise well. I am hard off hearing and never have to remove them all day.they will adjust up in sound to hear across the room. and still quite the muzzle blast.
     
  5. Unknown1

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    "Best" and "convenient" are different issues.

    Plugs are convenient; muffs are effective. Muffs cover part of the mastoid process (that porous bony bump behind the ear) through which some damaging sound passes. Plugs generally do a better job of sealing the ear canal and interfere less with the stock.

    Foam plugs do the best job of conforming to the shape of the ear canal. Personally, I never had any luck with molded-on-place ear plugs: they don't stay in my ear and they all seem to have terrible noise reduction properties in the neighborhood of 13-20 decibels. Good foam plugs reduce noise by 32-33 decibels.

    I buy my plugs from the Ear Plug Superstore http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/difoearpl.html where you can buy trail packs of many styles of foam plugs to find the best for you and then order more in lots of 50 or more for a good price.

    MK
     
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    i wear- e.a.r. inc ear plug custom fitted electronic in my right side and fitted rubber molded in left.-- this works great , and cuts cost of electronics. i even wear in the duck blind. if you turn up the volumne ,even on the one piece- at the 16 yd line , you'll hear peaople way in the back!!
     
  7. Charlie Becknell

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    When I shoot, I use either foam plugs or molded ear plugs and then put on muffs. When shooting trap I use non-electronic muffs. When I shoot Sporting Clays, I use electronic muffs by MSA(http://www.msanorthamerica.com/catalog/product17474.html), The electronic muffs are expensive but the batteries are not next to your ears like some of the muffs ( I found sweat to be very bad for the electronic circuitry).

    Charlie
     
  8. WoodsonEnt

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    I use and sell Pro-Ears muffs. I really love them! They have a model called the Sporting Clay Gold. This model has a tapered chop-side cup that is felt lined, whiich keeps the muff from hitting the stock when mounting or shooting. These are the only muffs that I have ever found that will work for me. They also have great electronics on them. They amplify all noises up to 80db, and then they shut off. This allows you to hear the scorekeeper call out scores, but protects your hearing from harmful shotgun blasts! The only downfall to these is that they cost over $200.00, but that is a small price to pay when it comes to protecting your hearing. Please contact me if you have any questions.

    Matt Woodson
     
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    plugs with muffs
     
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    Learning to shoot with ear muffs will tell you something if your paying attention. They will tell you if you make a bad move or not. If you hear noise between the comb and the muff, the next sound you are likely to hear is lost.

    I wear both plugs and muffs. Hap
     
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    I use Surefire Sonic Defenders. Very comfortable and work quite well.
     
  12. spitter

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    I like the the Sonic II, formerly offered by North, now offered through Health Enterprises as the "shooters impact ear plug". It will be a bit unsettling to see a NRR of just "6" , but it uses a different technology.

    The internal baffling canister allows normal conversation, but shuts down gun report quickly. I've been using these in one form or another for 15 years. $12 for the stock model, they now offer a custom molded option for $129.

    regards all,

    Jay
     
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    Plugs with muffs

    Like many of the posters above- dont think the molded plugs work but foam plugs sure do

    muffs protect the bone structure more

    So wear both plugs and muffs

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
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    I use plugs with electronic ear muffs. That way I have maximum protection but can still hear everyone around me. When I am hunting I use only the electronic muffs.
     
  15. Squeal

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    Uh......I cant hear your?

    I just order some foam NPR 32 plugs. My molded ones keep backing out of my ears at excatly the wrong time. I call pull then hear this sucking sound in my ear as the plug is lossening up.
     
  16. BIG PAPA

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    If you are interested in molded ear plugs, send me a PM on this site. PLEASE BE SURE YOU INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. I will send you pics and info on the best molded plugs you can buy. The guy who is having trouble with his molded popping out is because the person who made his molded plugs did not include the helix piece on the plugs. To bad, important to some folks, others it does not make any difference.
     
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    I was told by my specialist that the foam 32d plugs were the best. He also said that muffs are not that great, in some cases on provide 3d more. BIG PAPA, I sent you a PM for info.
     
  18. JerryP

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    spitter, do yourself a favor and throw the Sonic plugs in the trash. They advertise a nrr of 6db because that is all they are good for. very low technology.

    Muffs won't beat the foam plugs. They also won't seal around the ear piece on glasses
     
  19. TC

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    Jerry is correct! I wore Lee Sonics and then molded plugs. I am paying the price today, just under ten grand for the pair. Could have had a Perazzi instead!
     
  20. spitter

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    Looks like I'll have to agree to disagree... like comparing apples and oranges...

    The SONIC II technology v. foamies, do two completely different things... foamies reduce the level of the entire sound spectrum while the SONIC baffling system allows low level sound to flow through cancelling acute high level sound bursts... hence the reason for the perceived poor rating of 6 NRR... they don't cancel conversation speech or continuous noise.

    I would also guess they're not appropriate for continuous loud noise, such as in a manufacturing plant with sustained sound levels, but for use with intermittent gun fire they do perform as intended...

    If they didn't work, wouldn't you have expected them to be off the market by now?!

    Respectfully offered,

    Jay
     
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