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Hearing Protction

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by theboss97338, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. theboss97338

    theboss97338 Salem,OR Member

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    My wife has very sensitive hearing and I need some help finding good hearing protection. She likes shooting but the noise is too much for her. I don't want to waste money and protection that doenst work for her. Anyone have the same problem or know a good product.
     
  2. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Double up! Get some foam plugs and a set of ear muffs and wear both. Its cheap, easy and effective.
     
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  3. theboss97338

    theboss97338 Salem,OR Member

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    I have doubled up but it hasn't worked.
     
  4. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Double up and add a silencer. Silencers do a lot of noise sensitive people.
     
  5. dmv9

    dmv9 Seattle, WA Member

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    What are you shooting? 357mag? 9mm? I use the 3m combat ear plugs and wear a set of ear muffs.
     
  6. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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  7. Frankenrifle

    Frankenrifle Clatskanie Active Member

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    I use SureFire EP-4 plugs with passive muffs on top. Sometimes I'll put my earbuds in and listen to music or a book when shooting and only have the muffs on top. Works for me and I shoot some high power stuff.
     
  8. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    35nrr foam plugs and 35nrr ear muff top of it can't do the job? maybe you have 3rd ear. :D
     
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    cpy911 Newberg Active Member

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    It is sad to deal with the hoops, taxes, and cost we have to take to put mufflers on our guns.

    Foam plugs and heavy duty muffs should do the job otherwise.
     
  10. Mezzovex

    Mezzovex Sherwood Active Member

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    I use those I usually only use the sure fire. (Outside, by myself) at the range though, I double up.
     
  11. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Please don't be offended by my question but are you sure that you are fitting the foam plugs properly? Many people don't and there is only one correct way to do it. Check out Utube "Fitting Foam Ear Plugs", hope this helps!
     
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  12. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Yeah, electronics and real plugs are pretty much FULL sound blockers. If you want plugs that will stop most noise, get the cheap QUIET PLEASE brand, they work.

    Amazon.com: Flents Quiet Please Foam Ear Plugs 50-Pair: Health & Personal Care

    I've tried fancy brand name earplugs and they either are too small or don't block enough sound. These QP brand plugs are better than other generics such as the ones they supply at TCGC - the orange ones - those are fluted (DUMB! - sound gets in) and made from a less pliable material that does not form well in the ear.

    Of course, once you put these in + earmuffs your sound/blast problems are gone BUT you can't hear crap! I asked a guy to borrow a screwdriver at the range once and the person clear down on the end 30 yards away said 'I got one' HAHAHA.
    You'll tend to shout a lot and not hear range cold/hot commands very well. The combo pretty much turns you into a legally deaf person. Still better than Tinnitus (too late for me).

    I got to stay at a Bill's Casino in Vegas for a weekend that had construction going on next to my suite for FREE because of the noise.

    The QP's let me sleep like a baby. If you wear them a lot at the range, you get used to them.

    If you go to a concert or something not as loud as gunfire, simply cut them in half or into thirds. In thirds, they fit inside the ear and are less noticeable, but STILL block about 75% of loud noises like a screaming guitar.
     
  13. Botte Hork

    Botte Hork Camas WA Well-Known Member

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    My hearing is fortunately still good and I do my best to keep it like that. Very first band rehearsal I ever went to with a guitarist that had everything at 11 (because it sounded better or something, although he always needed to speak in a loud voice at age 22 already) got me to have decent plugs with me. Unfortunately the cheap ones suck for music, because of the attenuation spectrum, but it's better than nothing.

    For shooting I mostly use the 3M combat ones with the chamber thingie. Works surprisingly well. I've been thinking about one of those fancy electronic ones, but the cheak Howard Leight Impact Sport ones are actually quite good too.

    If you're supersensitive to noise, I would say go double with good plugs and muffs.



    Burt: How much for your Pro Ears? I was looking at the 32 version, but these would probably work just fine for me.
     
  14. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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  15. razormanxx

    razormanxx eugene Active Member

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    Maybe she just doesn't like shooting guns.
     
  16. Netspirit

    Netspirit Bellevue, WA Active Member

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    We are using Howard Leigh ear plugs (33 NRR): Howard Leight MAX1 Earplugs Uncorded NRR33 Box/200 Count - Amazon.com

    paired up with Howard Leigh electronic ear muffs (30 NRR): Howard Leight by Honeywell R-01902 Impact Pro Electronic Shooting Earmuffs - Amazon.com

    Combined, that is about 36 NRR worth of protection.

    Loud sounds are also transmitted through human skull so indoor blasts are still somewhat scary (especially if a dude in the neighboring lane starts shooting his AR - feels like he is hammering nails into your head). Any significant hearing loss is avoided, though, and thanks to the amplification of sub 82db sounds you can still listen and talk to people.
     
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    rawen2 Portland Area Active Member

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    You could find a local audiologist and have custom ear plugs made.
    Or go to a motorcycle show if there is one in the area. They always have a couple of booths that make custom ear plugs. I think they cost around $75 to $100 per pair.
     
  18. ScottyB

    ScottyB Whatcom Member

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    I have always had trouble with foam plugs staying in my ears properly. I have found that Mack's silicone plugs work better for me. I have found that they stay tighter and seal better than foam. For shooting, I double that up with cheap ear muffs. It isn't the same as the expensive electronic sets but it keeps it affordable for me.
     
  19. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    The best way to install foam earplugs is to twist/roll them into a tight little rod, slather an end with spit and shove it way the heck up you earholes. We are men and this is serious business and they are disposable. Then double up with some quality muffs.
    If this don't do it, nothing will, save going to a quieter/more tame gun and or swaddling your nog with a diaper and or full-face helmet with shield.
    Yes, there's noise, buck, blast and flash when shooting but that's the way it goes.
     
  20. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Ear troubles always remind me of this for some reason lol - NSFW - Sam Kinison as the worst case of tinnitus! + Peg Bundy.

    [video=youtube;CIhIsnIXFTw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIhIsnIXFTw[/video]