Has anybody found a good source for quality ear plugs? I've tried several styles, but haven't found any that are comfortable and effective. I'd prefer one that let's me hear conversations, but knocks down the muzzle blast. Many thanks! Bob
Hey Bob - May I suggest you try your local Hospital which might have an Audiology Department and can make first rate molded ear plugs. Also, if you have a private medical insurance they may pay for the plugs. Mine does.
Any outlet for hearing aids will make a set of moulded plugs for you for a price. Like Unruly, I'm willing to pay the $35 or $40 for custom moulded plugs offered at many large shoots. I'm on my 3rd set over the many years and they've served me quite well....breakemall....Bob Dodd
I use a pair of North Sonic IIs. I bought them at Walmart, years ago, but they have held up well, allow conversation, but on the line the mini-cylinder baffles block those noise spikes well - best $7-8 you'll spend on non-custom plugs.
I have used the molded plugs for many years and they worked ok. I currently use foam plugs. They seal my ear better than the molded ones do, and are a lot more comfortable to use. I keep 15-20 pair in my shooting bag all the time. I buy them by the case. 250 of them for $24.00 from my local safety supply store... Dan Thome (Trap2)
Big Bopper, I have tryed a wide variety of ear plugs myself. I do like the yellow disposable ones. They have a 29 Noise Reduction Rating on them. The North sonic II's may let you talk to another person but have the lowest NRR or Noise Reduction Rating of any of the ear plugs that I have found, they are marked at only 6 NRR in a mag I have. A long way from the 29 NRR of the yellow ones. I am using the custom molded ones I bought for 40 dollars at a large local shoot just over a year ago. I like them alot. They are supposed to be at or around 40 NRR's I was told. I do think that they are higher than the yellow ones. they can be less when they start to creep out of your ear canal though. You must keep them clean. If you do want the cleaning problem go with the yellow's. I can't find a good set of sonic ear plugs that allow you to talk with other people and still give you at least a 29 NRR. I know it can be a problem hearing other shooters at times but keeping my hearing is worth the trouble. my 2 cents. Break-em all. Jeff
I use a pair of ear plugs from E.S.P their like a hearing aid you can turn them on and off but when they are on they cancel the noise at a certain decibel level so you can walk around the shoot and hear people and still be protected. They run about $900 to $1200 for a pair of them but they are so worth it. They really are the most comfortable ear plug I have ever used. Also E.A.R makes a pair of these as well you can compare price between the 2 types.
I have a couple pair I use for indoor range shooting that are made of beeswax and some other stuff; you soften them in your hands and mold them into your ear each time you use them. They have an NRR of 34 and I don't know of any higher.
Pull & Mark/Anonymous - Yup, NRR on the Sonic 2s is 6, but that's like comparing apples and oranges - the Sonic 2s don't work like foam plugs or ear muffs, because the Sonics are designed to cancel noise spikes, whereas plugs and muffs reduce an entire spectrum of sound. NRR is not a fair intrepreter of the effectiveness of ear protection like the Sonic 2s.
Sonics may not be for everyone, but my audiologist says my hearing is just fine.