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Hearing protection

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by mrblond, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    My ears have started to get a buzzing sound in them so I am in the market for a new set.
    I am open to any kind really but the better the protection the better. I am not a big fan of the over the ear muff types but they will work and I honestly don't want to blow $700 on the in the ear types really.

    Any recommendations ?
     
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    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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  3. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    I just got a set if these
    Safety Ear Muffs 34dB Highest NRR to wear over my ear buds at work. Comfortable and quiet.

    I already have tinnitus and some hearing loss, so for me there is no such thing as too much hearing protection.
     
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  4. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    I would also suggest using some foam ITC (in the canal) ear plugs along with the muffs.
     
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  5. pioneer461

    pioneer461 Columbia County, Oregon Active Member

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    I have hearing loss from the military, mostly pistols and F-4 Phantoms. Use whatever you can get your hands on, because trust me, once you lose your hearing, it ain't coming back. To preserve what hearing I have left, I use foam plugs plus electronic muffs while shooting. The V.A. provides hearing aids, but it's not the same as natural hearing.
     
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  6. Hook686

    Hook686 Northern California Active Member

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    Great link to those muffs with a NR of 34. On sale for 25 bucks with free shipping how can I not jump on it? While in the valley of the deaf the man with hearing in one ear might be king, to constantly be say, 'What?' sure sucks.
     
  7. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    I also have suppressors in .22lr and 9mm which help make shooting quieter.
     
  8. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    I have them in 30 and .45 in jail but at the club, it really doesn't matter. Hunting will be another matter.
     
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    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, but I don't hunt. Nothing against it, I just don't want to put in the effort required to be successful at it.
    Get a .30 cal can or a 9mm can rated for subsonic 300blk.
     
  10. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    the 30 can will cover my hunting needs. the 45 is incase i get a bump in the night, i dont want to damage my hearing.
     
  11. Kristina

    Kristina Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    I also am not a big fan of earmuffs, mainly because I have a small head so they don't usually fit well, but the benefits far outweigh the nuisance factor. I use the Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic muffs with foam ear plugs underneath, usually with the volume cranked all the way up. I got a two pack of them from Amazon for right around 75 bucks. They are also pretty thin so there isn't any interference when shouldering a rifle or shotgun.
     
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  12. tac

    tac UK, Oregon and Ontario. Well-Known Member

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    The final straw for my hearing was a tactical landing in Sarajevo a while back. It frankly most of left us reeling. The nav, the loadmaster, my boss and I all had bleeding ears when we got off the plane and my boss was subsequently invalided out of the RAF with HUGE compensation cheque. Mine is paid in much smaller monthly instalments added to other military injuries. I slowly recovered much of my former hearing level over a period of about six months, but permanent damage had been done and the decline had become wellset-in. I now wear costy aids, but bleeve me, they ain't the same thing.

    I'd worn hearing protection since it became generally available and bought the best that I could afford. All in vain. I have only around 25% of my hearing left. I miss the birds, I miss the middle range of the oboe that I loved so much as well as the choral music that used to give me such genuine joy. And I miss out on a lot of my wife's voice, too.

    Some say that that might not be so bad, after all, it's mostly honey-do's, right?

    Wrong. She has a beautiful voice, whether she's shouting at me or not.

    tac