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GammaPaladin
07-31-2010, 5:08 AM
I shoot at an indoor range. I've tried foam plugs and I've tried muffs. The foam plugs are actually painful to wear. I think I have particularly small ear canals. The muffs work fine, but firing my shotgun tends to knock the right side off my ear, at which point they're not doing me a lot of good.

What I would like, ideally, is a pair of reusable plugs. I bought a set at Turner's to see if they would work, but I can't even get them into my ears.

I'm curious if anyone else out there has trouble fitting these "one size fits all" plugs into their ears, and if so, what you may have found that does fit.

CalNRA
07-31-2010, 5:24 AM
the orange plugs they sell in Big 5 and a lot of gunshops are pretty good. it's a really soft material that rolls into practically nothing and really plugs the ear canal

DaveFJ80
07-31-2010, 7:39 AM
It's more comfortable for me to wear the standard foam plugs, maybe because my ear canals are bigger. For my wife, she can't wear them comfortably and has to wear the other foam plugs that have grooves in them. The grooved plugs don't fit well in my ears. We both wear slim muffs over them when at the indoor range.

BTW, the easiest way I've found to get any foam plugs into your ears are to twist them up so they're skinny, and put them into your ear. Let them expand (you can wiggle them around while they expand) so it fills up your ear canal to where it blocks out the sound for you.


You can try those out and see if they work out for you.


Regular foam plugs

http://i.ebayimg.com/10/!BzH85t!!2k~$(KGrHqUOKnQEw9MoVEVFBMUl,iq1d!~~_35.J PG


Grooved foam plugs

http://i.ebayimg.com/07/!By4jsy!CWk~$(KGrHqYOKigEwP+sdESLBMTkHpCbsQ~~_35.J PG

GammaPaladin
07-31-2010, 7:51 AM
Yeah, I've tried the orange foam plugs, those are what I was saying are actively painful for me to wear... I often have trouble getting them in even when I've rolled them down, and need a couple tries because they expand too quickly to get them in... And when they expand it hurts. So I guess my ear canals are small.

I'll try the grooved ones maybe.

hkusp9c
07-31-2010, 8:00 AM
surefire?
or get them custom made to your ear canals. a bit pricey but i heard lots of good reviews about them.

foxtrotuniformlima
07-31-2010, 8:05 AM
The regular foam plugs give you the highest NRR.

The Surefire ones are very comfortable but not as effective and for indoor I'd need muffs too.

CSACANNONEER
07-31-2010, 8:14 AM
I use custom plugs. But, you might want to try the wax type plugs and muffs on top. I also have some flat foam plugs that are ment to be carried in a wallet. These might fit your ears better than the normal foam ones. Anyway, shoot me a mailing address and I can send you a set of flat ones and some wax to try.

duckman1
07-31-2010, 9:09 AM
You can have a set of custom plugs cast for you at any hearing center. I had a set made for my wife and she says they are very comfortable.

uxo2
07-31-2010, 9:15 AM
I am very happy with surefires....Fommies work good IF
you insert them properly.

But surefires becuse they are not throw aways

http://www.riflegear.com/p-537-surefire-sonic-defenders-ep3.aspx

AlliedArmory
07-31-2010, 1:42 PM
I use these.

http://www.alliedarmory.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=24_64&products_id=3829

They are designed for people with smaller ear canals. When shooting indoors, I usually use these and double up with some muffs.

xibunkrlilkidsx
07-31-2010, 3:35 PM
how are you inserting the foam plugs? roll them down and which ever ear your putting them into use the opposite hand(ie right ear use your left hand) reach around your head grab upper part of ear and pull towards back of head an insert.


otherwise custom ones would be my best choice if you have that much problems.

greed647
07-31-2010, 5:33 PM
You know sometimes the foam ones can hurt if your putting them in to deep. When my allergies act up this happens to me. Try backing them out just a millimeter at a time and seeing if that helps. And I buy the AOSAfety foam plugs at Lowes and they are 32db and like 9 bucks for 80 pairs.

E_Shaw90
07-31-2010, 5:44 PM
I have two set of these....

http://www.fbgear.com/instamold-custom-earplug-p-183.html

They have a location Chino and one in the greater Sacramento Area...If going to the Sac area Art Charvalla...is pretty flexible and is willing to meet at a Starbucks or similar...takes about 45 minutes total to get a custom set.

prc104
07-31-2010, 6:52 PM
At the gunshows in SoCal there is the ear plug lady who usually has a booth there and custom makes them for you to fit your ear while you wait.

I like mine, they fit good and don't bother me at all. I just use them at the outdoor range though. Full head gear at the indoor.

plan-b
07-31-2010, 11:02 PM
I like the Surefire EPs also. I use the EP4s at indoor ranges with earmuffs on top. I also have issues with foamies being painful but the Surefires have been fine for up to an hour at a time (haven't needed to wear them longer than that). The last time I was at an indoor range, the guys next to me were working over a Remington 870 with 00 Buck and the combo worked fine. I like them so much I bought a 2nd set of EP3s for when I'm riding my motorcycle.

Gofasterdammit
08-01-2010, 8:03 AM
I picked up two sets of Surefire Sonic Defenders from Rifle Gear last year. I thought I'd try them out, got two since I figured they wouldnt last long. I'm still on my first set and they work incredibley well. The only time I experienced any kind of ringing was after shooting a .50.
http://www.riflegear.com/c-87-ear-plugs.aspx

PatriotnMore
08-01-2010, 8:26 AM
At the gunshows in SoCal there is the ear plug lady who usually has a booth there and custom makes them for you to fit your ear while you wait.

I like mine, they fit good and don't bother me at all. I just use them at the outdoor range though. Full head gear at the indoor.


I agree, I bought them last year at the show, and wow, what a difference. I recommend her to all my friends.

bjl333
08-01-2010, 10:01 AM
I get the foam stuff from Walmart. They have a 32 NRR and I've been using them for a long time.

4DSJW
08-01-2010, 10:38 AM
Do a google search for World's Finest Earplug. I absolutely love those little blue dots since discovering them more than 10 years ago. Made from natural materials, comfortable to keep in all day or night and reusable many, many, many times. If you have normal to small ear canals just cut one in half and use half in each ear.

Over the years I have given many of these to friends who have told me later that they are the most comfortable and best noise-blocking earplugs that they have ever used.

spectr17
08-01-2010, 12:30 PM
I've got the E.A.R. electronic ones. I don't like ear plugs since you loose the ability to hear which can be critical around rattlesnakes or someone trying to get your attention. They are expensive $600 but keeping my hearing is priceless to me. They are basically hearing aids that don't cost the full boat like real hearing aids do. They make a digital version now. Muffs are hot in the SoCal heat here and get in the way.

xibunkrlilkidsx
08-01-2010, 1:55 PM
Do a google search for World's Finest Earplug. I absolutely love those little blue dots since discovering them more than 10 years ago. Made from natural materials, comfortable to keep in all day or night and reusable many, many, many times. If you have normal to small ear canals just cut one in half and use half in each ear.

Over the years I have given many of these to friends who have told me later that they are the most comfortable and best noise-blocking earplugs that they have ever used.

im going to order some of those they look awesome.

skyadrenaline
08-01-2010, 9:20 PM
I don't know if the foam plugs you tried were the Howard Leights, but you can get a box of 200 plugs off Amazon for $25.

I roll it and let it expand several times before I roll it again and place it in my ear. After the first several rolls, the ear plug doesn't expand out as much, which makes it more comfortable to wear.

4DSJW
08-02-2010, 11:55 AM
im going to order some of those they look awesome.

I think you will be very impressed when you try them. I always had a hard time with the foamies because they exert outward force on the ear canal and start to get uncomfortable over time, plus they seem to extend out beyond the edge of my ear enough to be easily dislodged, making it difficult to get a good fit all the time.

The "Blue Dots" don't have any of those problems. They fill the ear canal completely without any outward force and they do not stick out beyond the edge of the ear. If you need to listen to someone or something you simply use your fingernail to catch an edge and pull it partially out, when you're done you just press it back in for a perfect fit. You don't even have to pull it all the way out of your ear to be able to hear something.

I still use my Peltor muffs for most of my target shooting, but when I am doing tactical rifle or shotgun work, want to wear a hat, or want to use something when I sleep, I go for the Blue Dots.

And for the record I am not affiliated with the company in any way... except for being a VERY satisfied customer for many years.

Iknownot
08-02-2010, 2:36 PM
I shoot at an indoor range. I've tried foam plugs and I've tried muffs. The foam plugs are actually painful to wear. I think I have particularly small ear canals. The muffs work fine, but firing my shotgun tends to knock the right side off my ear, at which point they're not doing me a lot of good.

What I would like, ideally, is a pair of reusable plugs. I bought a set at Turner's to see if they would work, but I can't even get them into my ears.

I'm curious if anyone else out there has trouble fitting these "one size fits all" plugs into their ears, and if so, what you may have found that does fit.

If you have trouble fitting foam plugs correctly into your ear canals, you should just pony up the $ and get a set of custom ear plugs made.

They do cost $ up front, but you only have to pay for them once and they fit exactly to the contours of your ear canals. They are quite comfortable, work well, and they fit perfectly under muffs.

I had mine made by a hearing specialist in the Valley, but there are companies that work via mail and I know that there are some times people doing them at gun shows as well.

After using them for about 2 years, I would never go back to foam plugs.