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user01394
03-13-2009, 12:35 PM
I need to buy some hearing protection, I would like something that is slim (not all huge) that provides good protection. Not sure what I mean by low price but hopefully under $50.

Also is it wise to wear some foam plugs in the ear with the over the ear protection. Or if you get good enough over the ear is this not necessary?

Librarian
03-13-2009, 12:52 PM
Lots of choices; I happen to use a fatter one (http://www.amazon.com/Peltor-H10A-Professional-Canceling-Earmuff/dp/B00009LI4K/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1236977348&sr=8-1), so don't have any info on slim ones.

But the muffs-only or muffs-and-plugs issue turns on two things; what are you shooting (and what are others around you shooting) and are you indoors or outdoors. Indoors, shooting an S&W 500? Wear both, I think!

Another consideration is whether you wear glasses, or whether your eye protection has to go under the ear-cups - if so, the extra ear plugs are a good idea.

Jicko
03-13-2009, 1:09 PM
Electronic -> Howard Leight Impact Sport ($60)
http://www.handgunsmag.com/accessories/HG_sportmuffs_200903-A.jpg

Passive -> Surefire Earpro EP3/EP4 ($14)
http://www.surefire.com/pdfs/ep3-ep4_tech_copy.pdf
http://www.brownells.com/Images/Products/152000048.jpg
http://www.surefire.com/EP3-Sonic-Defenders

Oh.... if the $14 surefire is still too expensive... then.... FOAM PLUGs... ($.50)
http://www.britishsnoring.co.uk/pim/web/60-front.gif

SeanCasey
03-13-2009, 1:17 PM
I wear Leightning L3 muffs in addition to plugs. I paid $21.99 for the muffs. They are not slim though.

IGOTDIRT4U
03-13-2009, 2:24 PM
You can get NRR 30 Peltor headsets at Home Depot for 22.00, perfect for indoor ranges (in fact, most ranges around here use the same ones for renters.) They are cheap, but work great for indoor ranges.

b.faust
03-13-2009, 3:52 PM
I say spend a little more, you only have one set of ears. And it'll cost more in the long run to get those fixed, than skimping on ear protection.

If it's really a budget issue, then what everyone else said, double up with disposable ear pugs as well.

zman
03-13-2009, 3:59 PM
Electronic -> Howard Leight Impact Sport ($60)
http://www.handgunsmag.com/accessories/HG_sportmuffs_200903-A.jpg


This is a good one for the price. Slim/Electronic/Foldable. But always have some cheap foam plugs (in addition) for the times you're next to a "cannon".

I believe it has an MP3 jack input too.

eccvets
03-13-2009, 4:10 PM
wear both, the more protection the better. also who cares if you have wide/fat muffs? are you trying to be tatical? :D

user01394
03-14-2009, 8:40 AM
So if I am gonna spend some more money (I don't wanna skimp on protection) what should I get?

Casual Observer
03-14-2009, 9:35 AM
So if I am gonna spend some more money (I don't wanna skimp on protection) what should I get?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/images/items/528875.jpg

Surefire Fox Ear. MSRP about $980.

Kram12085
03-14-2009, 9:41 AM
The problem I had with good passive protection is I couldn't hear what's going on. And if I wore protection that let me hear around me, then I'd go home with ringing in my ears.

Spend the $80 or so on a good set of Peltors electronic earmuffs. It is cheap compared to tinnitus...

ojisan
03-14-2009, 9:46 AM
I saw an steel plate shooter turn up one day for practice many years ago.
He shoved a .38 Super round in each ear as ear plugs.
Cheap and convenient, I guess.
:eek:

eccvets
03-14-2009, 9:48 AM
I saw an steel plate shooter turn up one day for practice many years ago.
He shoved a .38 Super round in each ear as ear plugs.
Cheap and convenient, I guess.
:eek:

bwahahahahhahaha

jrsportssupply
03-14-2009, 10:02 AM
The Peltor Ultimate 10 has a NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) of 30 db - the best I'm aware of. The Howard Leight Impact has an NRR of 22, which is just ok. Since the Impact muffs have a good amplifier, they work well when doubling up with foam earplugs. That's the safest way I know of to both protect your ears & hear what's going on around you.

maxicon
03-14-2009, 10:12 AM
+1. Many electronic muffs have a low NRR, and really need plugs if you shoot much and care about your hearing. Likewise, slim muffs have lower NRRs.

Remember that electronic muffs don't get any better than their base NRR whether the power's on or off. The electronics only amplify soft sounds, they don't help cut loud sounds.

I also use and recommend the Peltor Ultimate 10/H10A (also sold as AOSafety Professional 90561), which are available at Orchard Supply in the sf bay area. They have excellent protection, seal well around shooting glasses, and are very comfortable, but aren't slim at all.

Among the best rated electronic muffs are the Peltor Tactical Pro/Pro Tac II, which have a decent 26 NRR. They're expensive, though.

If you buy slim muffs or inexpensive electronic muffs with low NRRs, you should wear plugs under them and turn the volume up on the electronic ones.

jrau13
03-14-2009, 3:18 PM
I have the Peltor Shotgunners and use earplugs in addition for indoor range. Works great. They are NRR 21 but with the plugs I'm fine. Cheap too.

user01394
03-15-2009, 8:27 AM
So electronic ones are good? What happens if they malfunction and amplify loud sounds? I am going to be shooting mostly indoors.

So would Howard Light Leightning LOF Muffs with Surefire Earpro EP3/EP4 be as good or better than Peltor Ultimate 10? I would rather go slim with plugs than big with or without plugs.

Steve G
03-15-2009, 9:07 AM
Howard Leight electronic are complete cheap junk, you need foam plugs with them if you want to keep your hearing.

Pryde
03-15-2009, 9:23 AM
Howard Leight are very good on the low end.
On the high end, MSA Sordins are excellent and are preferred by many professionals.

I would highly recommend that you avoid Peltors. The cheaper models (under $300) are fine for range use, but have severe reliability problems under humid or moist conditions.

TKM
03-15-2009, 9:25 AM
What happens if they malfunction and amplify loud sounds?.

Happens all the time. It's a damn shame too. You end up buying funny looking rims and a booming stereo for your whip.

user01394
03-15-2009, 4:25 PM
How much NRR should I be going for if I am going to be indoors? The howards light with the plugs mentioned abouve would give me about 37 NRR which seems good?

Bobotheclown
03-15-2009, 6:20 PM
I use the Peltor 97010 Ultimate 10 NRR 30 dB and only $21 on Amazon.com. Hearing is fine after shooting 200 9mm rounds in doors. 22 from a rifle sounds like a light fart... If I want more protection, cheap foam plugs with the Peltor

Jicko
03-15-2009, 9:47 PM
Happens all the time. It's a damn shame too. You end up buying funny looking rims and a booming stereo for your whip.

WTF!?

maxicon
03-16-2009, 11:52 AM
How much NRR should I be going for if I am going to be indoors? The howards light with the plugs mentioned abouve would give me about 37 NRR which seems good?

NRRs don't add - it's a non-linear measurement. To get the equivalent NRR of a combination, take the one with the highest base NRR and add 3.

Personally, I use NRR 30 muffs, as mentioned before, and am not comfortable with anything under NRR 26, especially if someone (like me) is shooting .357 or larger or shotguns near me.