Inexpensive hearing protection that allows you to hear people talking?


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Carter
September 14, 2010, 05:59 PM
I'm going to be doing firearms training with my BLET class in a few weeks and want ear muffs that amplify voices but still reduce loud noises...and not spend over $100 dollars. So pretty much I need something that works but it doesn't have to be a product that has a bunch of extra perks or anything.

I generally wouldn't care about this little gadget, but the training is pretty command specific so I'd like to be able to clearly understand every little word the instructor has to say.

Thanks for the help.

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Presto
September 14, 2010, 06:02 PM
Caldwell electronic muffs from Midway work pretty well for me. They can be had for less than $30 if I remember correctly.

KCMOgunner
September 14, 2010, 06:03 PM
I got these http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productnumber=774928

Cheap and do the job for me. I wear earplugs under them with the volume all the way up and can hear people quite easily. There are gonna be more expensive options but I honestly haven't tried them so I can't pass judgment, $30 was right up my alley price wise so I went with em

Edit: These are what Presto is talking about I believe, beat me to it :P

Carter
September 14, 2010, 06:06 PM
These are the two I found that I was thinking about trying. Any thoughts? Checking out your suggestions as well.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/26_728/products_id/36900

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/26_728/products_id/62980

No reviews for them on Buds.

gidaeon
September 14, 2010, 06:06 PM
I have a pair of Caldwell ear muffs that filter out @ a certain db and up, otherwise it does amplify voices around me. They were like $30 odd dollars. The bad side is the switch is already going bad.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=774928&cm_mmc=Froogle-_-Shooting%20-%20Range%20Supplies%20%26%20Equipment-_-PriceCompListing-_-774928

http://www.amazon.com/CALDWELL-SOUND-RIGHT-STEREO-Earmuffs/dp/B001P4BK9U $30 shipped

Well that's already 3 votes for the same sub $30 pair.

Captcurt
September 14, 2010, 06:14 PM
Sportsmans Guide has several different models too.

NOLAEMT
September 14, 2010, 06:39 PM
I just ordered a pair of these: http://www.surefire.com/EP4-Sonic-Defenders-Plus

I've heard good things, but I'll update after giving them a try.

DoubleTapDrew
September 14, 2010, 06:40 PM
I've heard many positive reviews on the howard leight sport muffs and hope to be getting a pair soon. The caldwells are cheaper although I've heard about quality/durability issues with them though. Maybe someone who's used both can chime in.

Average Joe
September 14, 2010, 06:51 PM
I just ordered the Howard Leight R-01526 from Amazon.com today , for $47.32 w/free shipping. A lot of people at my range use them, and recommend them, the low profile is great for rifle shooting.

Jim Watson
September 14, 2010, 07:16 PM
What really counts is the NRR.
As KCMO says, if your cheap brand has a low NRR, wear them over plugs and turn the volume up so you can hear range commands.

omegaflame
September 14, 2010, 07:18 PM
These:
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/26_728/products_id/36900

Got them for $30 on sale, amazon I think.

Mooseman
September 14, 2010, 07:46 PM
I use a really cheap pair I got for about $15 from harbor freight. They work fine but I don't know what their longevity will be.

hso
September 14, 2010, 08:02 PM
Wear electronic (or passive) muffs over plugs. You need all the protection provided by doubling up and you want the highest NRR out of both layers. Just turn the volume up on the muffs and you get the best of all protection with the plugs under them.

COMPNOR
September 14, 2010, 08:42 PM
I have the caldwells, and while they did amplify voices(I could hear people several booths over) you had the white noise going on and I didn't feel they were all that could at cutting out when the boom hit.

I got a pair of howard leight impacts, and they're amazing. $60 odd, but worth it. I had 'em on, and started turning the volume up and the music i was listening to got a whole lot louder. But there was no white noise letting me know they were on.

jcwit
September 14, 2010, 08:58 PM
I have the caldwells, and while they did amplify voices(I could hear people several booths over) you had the white noise going on and I didn't feel they were all that could at cutting out when the boom hit.

I got a pair of howard leight impacts, and they're amazing. $60 odd, but worth it. I had 'em on, and started turning the volume up and the music i was listening to got a whole lot louder. But there was no white noise letting me know they were on.


Absolutely, nothing more needs to be said.

Ed4032
September 14, 2010, 09:17 PM
Try the Allen Sound Sensor. http://sound-sensor.com/
I have a pair and love them. No batteries and cost around $20 bucks.

Tully M. Pick
September 14, 2010, 09:30 PM
I've heard really good things about the Howard Leight (http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight-R-01526-Electronic-Earmuff/dp/B001T7QJ9O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1284514179&sr=8-1) electronic earmuffs.

Carter
September 14, 2010, 10:06 PM
Thanks guys

sniper5
September 15, 2010, 12:30 AM
Ear valves (google it) have been around for decades and go for about $10. The diaphragm snaps shut for impulse sounds (gunshots).

myrdraal0
September 16, 2010, 07:31 PM
I'm probably a couple of days late here; but I'll cast another vote for the Howard Leight muffs (http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight-R-01526-Electronic-Earmuff/dp/B001T7QJ9O).

I got a couple of sets of these for hunting with my kids and we've really loved them. I got them on sale at Cabela's for ~$35.

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