HEARING PROTECTION

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by 25yretcoastie, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. 25yretcoastie

    25yretcoastie Member

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    Aug 27, 2011
    Fort Pierce Fl
    Finally the wife want to shoot and play with guns also. Only thing is I need to get her the best hearing protection that I can. She uses plugs now but wants muffs also. Does anyone have any infromation about type and rateings.

    Thanks in advance guys
    Steve
     
  2. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    You don't need a real expensive pair of ear muffs. I wear plugs rated for 21 db and a $20 pair of Browning Buckmark ear muffs rated for 23db. The rating is not additive, but should give me about 28 db of protection. By wearing both I get the extra protection and if I am off the line, I can remove the ear muffs and still have the plugs for protection.

    The Browning ear muffs are very comfortable and are low profile, which helps when shooting rifle, a very thick pair will get in the way when leaning your head on the stock of a rifle.
     
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  3. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    I can't judge whether they are the best possible, but I've used Peltor Presidental muffs for the last 15 years. Outdoors with magnum revolvers, indoors with centerfire rifles going off in the next booth, never a complaint from me. I've never felt the need to double-up with plug under them. Comfortable muffs and under $30 a pair.
     
  4. dcriner

    dcriner Member

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    Apr 18, 2011
    Illinois
    Ear plugs are generally less effective than most any pair of muffs.
     
  5. ignats

    ignats Member

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    Dec 18, 2011
    Don't skimp on hearing protection. After years of shooting I'm almost totally deaf in right ear. I used poured latex or rubber ear plugs they actually pour the wet material into your ear it then becomes solid and is fitted to your outer in middle ear area. Over those I wear muffs. Even with that I have a considerable hearing loss.
     
  6. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    I guess we will just have to agree to disagree. A pair of earmuffs rated for 21-24 db is not enough protection without backing them up with a pair of earplugs.
     
  7. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    That is a good idea actually. I am going to try that. Oh by the way,,, what did you say. Hu?
     
  8. Brass Tacks

    Brass Tacks New Member

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    Jan 9, 2012
    NW Arkansas
    I use Peltor PTL w/o plugs, very comfortable even with magnums on each side.
     
  9. 25yretcoastie

    25yretcoastie Member

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    Aug 27, 2011
    Fort Pierce Fl
    I was thinking of 25db plugs and 27db low profile muffs. The plugs are 4M tekk but the muffs are no name at wally world. What do u guys think?
     
  10. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Go for it! Should work just fine. Loud firearms are not fun for beginners, and the loud noise will make most folks flinch! Most of the time around here at home I don't use anything at all, and my hearing has always been bad because of it. I own the plugs, and muffs, just to lazy to use them!
     
  11. 3/2 STA SS

    3/2 STA SS Active Member

    I use the electronic ones that allow you to carry on a normal conversation until the shooting starts then it blocks all noise. They are Howard Leight Impact Sports.
     
  12. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    I think that combination will work great. Should give you about 30-31 db protection with the combination.
     
  13. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    You are making a very big mistake. Flinching is the least of anyones worries when it comes to our hearing. Firearms can be as loud as 160 db and just one exposure to that load of a noise can cause hearing damage.

    I hope everyone else here uses hearing protection when shooting.
     
  14. DixieLandMan

    DixieLandMan Member

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    Oct 18, 2011
    Alabama
    Growing up I never wore hearing protection. Yes, I know that hindsight is 20/20 and now I really pay for it. I always wear hearing pro when shooting and even while mowing the grass. Usually either a pair of plugs or muffs. Never tried the ones that you can carry on normal conversation and block out loud noises.
     
  15. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    While I do advocate the use of hearing protection, I'm 63, and have been shooting all my life with out the use of hearing protection. Do you really think that a few more gun shoots are going to create a bigger problem for me?
     
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