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Old 05-19-2012, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hearing protection

I am in the market for some electronic ear muffs. What do you guys recommend?

I have the caldwell cheap set and I have trouble hearing after shooting a hundred or more rounds with them on so I need something better?

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Howard Lieght Impact Sport. They are cheaper than most and work very well. You can get better, but they will be far more expensive. They are nice and thin as well, less of a tendancy to break seal on cheek weld.

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Howard Lieght Impact Sport. They are cheaper than most and work very well. You can get better, but they will be far more expensive. They are nice and thin as well, less of a tendancy to break seal on cheek weld.

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That's good news... I have a set should be here tomorrow... I bought them based on the crapload of positive reviews I read, but had never heard of the brand before. It was either these or the Peltor's, and these were somewhat cheaper with better reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00
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Howard Lieght Impact Sport. They are cheaper than most and work very well. You can get better, but they will be far more expensive. They are nice and thin as well, less of a tendancy to break seal on cheek weld.

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Thanks man

I ordered a set today. I hope to have them by thursday.
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I use those muffs AND foam earplugs. The NR rating of all hearing protection is bullshit IMO. With just the muffs my ears will ring if I'm shooting my AR or any long gun after a few magazines.

I use my ears for a living, but I think everyone should take better care of theirs.
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I use those muffs AND foam earplugs. The NR rating of all hearing protection is bullshit IMO. With just the muffs my ears will ring if I'm shooting my AR or any long gun after a few magazines.

I use my ears for a living, but I think everyone should take better care of theirs.
I'll 2nd this. I dont double up as often as I should.
This goes for electronic and normal muffs.
The nice thing with the electronic muffs is you can crank them up a little so you can hear normal stuff through the plugs, but its nice and quiet when things go bang.


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I bought the cheapy redhead brand at Bass Pro Shops. Best 30 bucks I ever spent.
I understand the desire to be able to hear while shooting-thus electronic muffs. I go the other way, and prefer the silence a quality ear plug provides.
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I understand the desire to be able to hear while shooting-thus electronic muffs. I go the other way, and prefer the silence a quality ear plug provides.
I rock foam plugs as well. Muffs just don't offer enough protection for me. I should get a pair for doubling up but have been putting off the purchase for a long time.
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Mine came in yesterday, so far no range time yet but from what I can see love them already. Simple, good construction. Sound is a little tinny when you crank it up but very passable/usable. They aren't made by Bose but they get the job done.

So far I have used them with my pneumatic nail gun in a small indoor project. Normally it's pretty damned loud in confined spaces. The headset worked great and filtered what it was supposed to while still allowing my wife to bitch at me... Did I mention you could turn them OFF for regular muffs too?
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Howard Lieght Impact Sport. They are cheaper than most and work very well. You can get better, but they will be far more expensive. They are nice and thin as well, less of a tendancy to break seal on cheek weld.

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That's good news... I have a set should be here tomorrow... I bought them based on the crapload of positive reviews I read, but had never heard of the brand before. It was either these or the Peltor's, and these were somewhat cheaper with better reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00

Any input on these for engine whine I run a tractor on a regular basis on a vineyard as well as multiple blenders +/- 10 at a time in a cold room

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Any input on these for engine whine I run a tractor on a regular basis on a vineyard as well as multiple blenders +/- 10 at a time in a cold room.
Not yet, but I will next time I mow the lawn... These have a headphone jack on them to pipe in music from an external device... Plan on using them to listen to my iPod when mowing. I'll post back results.
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Not yet, but I will next time I mow the lawn... These have a headphone jack on them to pipe in music from an external device... Plan on using them to listen to my iPod when mowing. I'll post back results.
Yup the audio jack would be nice I run ear buds under the current POS ear protection I run and that's uncomfortable as hell

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First range report:
I liked them, more comfortable/lighter than my normal muffs.
When I turned up the volume really loud on the electronic side there was a little more noise than I thought there would be, but I was also experiencing a migraine, so it may have just been me.

It was kind of cool hearing the people talking behind me on the range, could hear them loud and clear. First time ever wearing electronic muffs at the range, so it was a totally new experience for me.

Turning the volume lower/off worked about like normal muffs maybe slightly better.
I definitely feel they are worth the money for the type of product.
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Follow-up range report:
I still like the Impact Sport's, but having worn them a bit more now, I have found that they sometimes ride such that it's easy to break the seal between my head and the cup of the muff. Not a big deal, just never had a normal muff with that issue before. Once I understood what would cause it, I just don't do it... (doctor, it hurts when I do this...).

Still not bad muff's, but I just noticed these at the range the other day.
http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight-...8777277&sr=8-1

Comparing the two, by their own measure, the Impact Sport has a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 22. The new Pro's have an NRR of 30. I may try them out sometime and see how much better it really IS.
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I still like the Impact Sport's, but having worn them a bit more now, I have found that they sometimes ride such that it's easy to break the seal between my head and the cup of the muff. Not a big deal, just never had a normal muff with that issue before. Once I understood what would cause it, I just don't do it... (doctor, it hurts when I do this...).

Still not bad muff's, but I just noticed these at the range the other day.
http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight-...8777277&sr=8-1

Comparing the two, by their own measure, the Impact Sport has a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 22. The new Pro's have an NRR of 30. I may try them out sometime and see how much better it really IS.
Mine due the same thing to me. I found i get a much better seal when i wear a hat.
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