Ear Protection for shooting

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by Albtraum, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. Albtraum

    Albtraum Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    What do you guys use? Disposable plugs or muffs? Ever consider NRR ratings?

    Are muffs worth it? Seem like they would interfere with the stock on a rifle or shotgun...
  2. gun runner

    gun runner Former Guest

    Nov 23, 2011
    South Texas
    I use ear plugs but not the cheap disposable ear plugs. I quit using muffs because they are too heavy.

    I dont know the brand but they sure do the trick, in my opinion they protect my hearing more than muffs but Im sure the others have different views.I live on a 813 acre farm and I wasnt using any ear protection for a long time but now I do. My hearing is still alright.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2012

  3. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    I have been shooting with muffs since the 1970's. I don't think plugs are as effective and I don't like the feel of plugs in my ears.
  4. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
  5. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2009
    muffs electronic
  6. Millwright

    Millwright Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    I'd say your choice depends a lot upon the type of shooting/noise environment you plan to experience ! FWIW, I've used EAR Plugs (disposable foam single use type) for decades in a lot of high-noise environments like drifter drilling, etc with no complaints. >MW
  7. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Guest

  8. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
  9. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    What did you say? :D
  10. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
  11. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    Muff's at the indoor range. Disposable plugs at the outdoor trap/skeet range..
  12. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I have a set of Silencio plugs that I wear under muffs.
  13. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    i use plugs primarilly.. but put muffs over top when at an energetic range.. or when firing shoulder cannons..

    ( PS.. I work in an audio job.. and I can tell you that plugs are (can be) MUCH more effective than muffs ).

    that said.. you can't compair a CHEAP, poor fitting low NRR plug to a high quality, high NRR, well fitting muff.

    in the end.. CYA and use both...

    you also have to lok at noise makeup.. freq involved and the actual NRR of the device you are using.. the class of noise.. also onset speed.. etc..

    duration of exposure and exposure type, constant or intermittant..e tc.

    lotsa variables other than looking at a number and checking fit.
  14. firefighter1635

    firefighter1635 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2012
    FEMA Region V
    Disposable plugs only. I can buy more ammo for the price of good muffs.
  15. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Guest

    Yeah but you can't buy new ear drums or more hearing.
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