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Earplugs? 261

Newbie Posts: 6 Amy's got a gun!
Earplugs?
« on: August 22, 2019, 04:56:34 AM »
Hey guys!

Can I ask for some recommendations for earplugs? We're currently on a D.I.Y. house renovation and I'd like to get something that I can use now and something I can use in the future. I'm thinking of buying some custom earplugs but I'm still not sure if they're worth the time and money because they're a bit expensive and we'll have to wait for them.

Thanks!

Edit: Here's what I want to buy but just like said, it's pretty expensive.
https://www.bigearinc.com/products/industrial-earplugs/
« Last Edit: August 22, 2019, 05:22:01 AM by AmyJ23 »

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Full Member Posts: 118
Re: Earplugs?
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2019, 04:58:32 AM »
do you have an idea of how high of a decibel youre using?

For my firearm hobby, I use foam disposal plugs and a cheap set of earmuffs.
Newbie Posts: 6 Amy's got a gun!
Re: Earplugs?
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2019, 05:10:54 AM »
do you have an idea of how high of a decibel youre using?

For my firearm hobby, I use foam disposal plugs and a cheap set of earmuffs.

Let me do some googling first.

The problem with foamies is that they irritate the skin in my ear canals.

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Newbie Posts: 6 Amy's got a gun!
Re: Earplugs?
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2019, 05:14:19 AM »
power drill is 125-130 dB
angle Grinder 110 dB

Well, some of our tools are way up in dB level.

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Earplugs?
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2019, 05:17:54 AM »
The only earplugs I use are the same type I used when I was in the Navy.  They are semi-fitted (come in 4 different sizes) triple flange rubber and have an NRR of 26db.  They are available online from some military surplus and other online stores.  For things such as indoor ranges, I will add muffs over top.

Full Member Posts: 118
Re: Earplugs?
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2019, 05:22:24 AM »
Let me do some googling first.

The problem with foamies is that they irritate the skin in my ear canals.
if the ear plugs irritate your skin, over the ear muffs might be a better choice and still give good protection. I have no recommendations for a good pair, as I use cheapies, but might be a good place to start. Sorry I couldn't be more of a help.
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Re: Earplugs?
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2019, 05:26:39 AM »
I’m old school, I always used earmuff style, the last pair I bought was John deer, they had speakers inside that had noise canceling plus you could plug in something for music, but since then I’m with BM and just the simple foam ones, only problem is their really not reusable unlike the earmuff style,
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Re: Earplugs?
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2019, 05:32:19 AM »
I have tried these two, both work quite well.  I found that tighter the fit in your ear, better the sound proof but more discomfort.  Both of them are not entirely in 'foam' per se, but possibly a mixture of foam and silicone.

https://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight-MAX-1-Uncorded-Earplugs/dp/B0013A0C0Y/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=Howard+Leight+Max+Earplugs&qid=1566444641&s=gateway&sr=8-4

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=HEAROS+Xtreme+Protection+Noise+Cancelling+Disposable+Foam+Earplugs+NRR+32+Hearing+Protection%2C+14+Pairs&ref=nb_sb_noss
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Re: Earplugs?
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2019, 05:54:12 AM »
I use these for work as I can't get foam earplugs into my ears without a lot of trouble. You can get them at any Walgreens and they are reusable.

26 decibels reduction

https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/walgreens-swim-earplugs/ID=prod6384882-product
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Re: Earplugs?
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2019, 06:14:22 AM »
howard leight laser lite are the best, can get them corded or no cord

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Re: Earplugs?
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2019, 07:20:38 AM »
I've got something like this when I worked as a locomotive mechanic, they are a bit pricey but work very well and you can order different noise filters to change depending on how much protection you need.
Should mention I didn't have to buy them myself but got them from work as part of the personal protection package.

https://www.hovikhorsel.no/produkt/noiseclipper-formstopte-orepropper/
Full Member Posts: 198
Re: Earplugs?
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2019, 03:32:28 PM »
I’m assuming you want something to dull the noise but also communicate? My friend sports a pair of noise canceling muffs. Very thin, maybe an inch? Not bulky or irritating. He uses them at the range or with his work/hobby (he is a farrier/blacksmith) and says prolonged noise exposure isn’t a problem. Maybe try that route?


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Re: Earplugs?
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2019, 09:50:16 PM »
if the ear plugs irritate your skin, over the ear muffs might be a better choice and still give good protection. I have no recommendations for a good pair, as I use cheapies, but might be a good place to start. Sorry I couldn't be more of a help.

The only problem with muffs over plugs, is that if you wear glasses (or eye protection) that can reduce the efficacy of the ear defenders. I tend to use the plugs that come on a rigid holder (the type that looks a bit like the top end of a stethoscope), but I'm not brand specific.



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