GUN What's the word on ear protection?

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  1. 4thgenceli

    4thgenceli Active Member

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    Basic earbuds ain't cuttin it anymore for me. Thinking of either doubling up (plugs + muffs) or finding a good set of muffs. What's the hotness on em? Heard from a fellow lead thrower at work that there's some out there that you can hear just fine with them on, but with loud noises mutes up (sorta like those noise canceling headphones).
     
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    electronic muffs seldom block noise as well as regular. pick up a tub of howard leight nrr 33 plugs and a pair of leightning nrr 31 muffs
     
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    i have some peltor 6s (or s6, i cant remember the model # exactly) electronic ears. they're pretty good.
     
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    Sounds can be transmitted through bones in your head, hence why ear plugs aren't the best at protecting your hearing.

    I always double up with foam plugs and electronic, noise cancellling headphones. Peltors are the best in the "afforable" ($60-150) range. However, the cheap Peltor 6S's favored by most may have durability issues due to exposed circuitry.

    Once you go past $200, you get sealed electronics, military grade stuff. Comm jacks, better rating, etc.

    When you combo foam plugs with electronic muffs, you get better protection, but can still hear people talking pretty well.
     
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    Interesting, I have used a pair of Peltor Comtacs for about 4 years easily and I would put them up against any regular ear muff.
     
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    Surefire EP4's work fine for what I use it for. Indoor and outdoor. Usually when inside, I close up the plug for extra reduction. I also do the same when I'm standing next to someone with a snappy or loud gun.
     
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    THT The easy way is always mined

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    Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic muffs + 30 decibel reducing foamies ftw
     
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    And people that buy the tornado super magnet gas filtration cold air induction electric supercharger swear their car feels faster even thought they've not actually measured it. Your ears can't even reliably indicate when you've crossed the threshold into hearing damage, don't expect to be able to accurately gauge a difference yourself. The highest protection level (these things are actually rated you know, nrr) of the comtac line appears to be 21dB. Remember that the decibel is logarithmic, a 3dB reduction is cutting the intensity of the sound in half. A 10dB difference is no small matter. For example:

    OSHA caps exposure to 130dB sound impulses a day to 1000 impulses. If we increase it to 140dB the cap drops to 100 sound impulses. A generic 9mm number is going to be about 160dB. Your electronic muffs drop 21dB but we also have to add back in 5dB because your safety glasses break the seal of the muffs. You're now getting 144dB of sound exposure which is going to mean more than 50 shots and you're over safe exposure limits for the day. If we put you in 33 plugs and 31 muffs you get to add 5db NRR on top of your highest protection level (osha again) for doubling up and still take away 5 for the safety glasses leaving you at 33dB nrr making your exposure 127 dB per shot and letting you shoot over 1000 rounds a day without damage.

    And now you know.
     
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    Were you wearing a white overcoat when you made this post like the claimed doctor on Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior? If not I'm not buying it. :sadwavey:
     
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    :werd: I love mine
     
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    i use electronic muffs outdoors and plugs under them indoors.
     
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    I have a set of Peltor muffs H10 I think, and use them with foam plugs.
     
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    Sordin Supreme Pro 3+ muffs over Westone fitted plugs.

    Crank the volume on the muffs and I can carry on a conversation but still get great attenuation of the gunfire.
     
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    Sordin Supreme Pro IVs over Surefire Sonic Defenders.
     
  16. Clusive

    Clusive Happiness is a belt-fed weapon.

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    I usually double up. Surefire EP3 or EP4's and my Howard Leight Impact Sports with the volume cranked up.
     
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    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    I would say howard leights are prob the best cheap electronic muffs
     
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    this is what i do
     
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    how is the cheek weld with the Howard Leight's?
     
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    THT The easy way is always mined

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    No problem with mine and my CTR in the second-from-shortest position. They have a pretty slim profile.
     
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    nice. I'll have to look into one tomorrow.

    you guys have a good night
     
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    MSA Sordin Supreme Pro

    Really nice but kinda pricey
     

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