Electronic ear muffs


PDA






DuncanSA
November 30, 2010, 04:07 PM
My problem is that age and years of assorted loud noises have reduced my hearing to the point where I have to wear an aid. This is fine for around the house etc. but is useless at the range where the last thing I need is general sound amplification.

So at the range I leave the hearing aid at home and wear ear muffs or plugs -these are fine for gunshots but leave me deaf to range commands or conversation. To converse with anyone I normally lift the protection on one ear, which is a guarantee that someone will cut loose with a 44 mag or 357 on the adjoining range! This does me little good.

What I need is something that will amplify normal conversation and range commands but will cut out or substantially reduce gunshot noise. I am considering electronic ear muffs and am looking specifically at the Peltor Tactical. Comment and advice will be welcome.

If you enjoyed reading about "Electronic ear muffs" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
hso
November 30, 2010, 04:15 PM
Tons of threads on this here and in Accessories and the advice swings from "cheap Harbor Freight/Cheaper Than Dirt/etc. muffs are great" to "you get what you pay for/how much is your remaining hearing worth".

As a health and safety manager I would only recommend the Peltors or Howard Leights. they make industrial safety equipment and are a reliable name. If I were buying new electronic muffs I'd probably purchase the HLs just because the batteries are easier to replace.

Asherdan
November 30, 2010, 04:53 PM
The Peltor 6 is on sale (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Peltor-Tactical-6-Stereo-Long-Ear-Hearing-Device/706764.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=/catalog/search.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dpeltor%2Bhearing%26x%3D0%26y%3D0&Ntt=peltor+hearing) for $45 at Cabela's right now. I like mine an awful lot for exactly the kind of use that the OP is describing.

Varob
November 30, 2010, 04:55 PM
I use Pyramex PM4010 electronic muffs. They're industrial grade quality for under $100.00 bucks.

oneounceload
November 30, 2010, 05:06 PM
Tons of threads on this here and in Accessories and the advice swings from "cheap Harbor Freight/Cheaper Than Dirt/etc. muffs are great" to "you get what you pay for/how much is your remaining hearing worth".

As a health and safety manager I would only recommend the Peltors or Howard Leights. they make industrial safety equipment and are a reliable name. If I were buying new electronic muffs I'd probably purchase the HLs just because the batteries are easier to replace.

You wouldn't consider the Walker Quads or the Pro Ears Gold?

Why is that?

MrOldLude
November 30, 2010, 05:28 PM
The Peltor 6 is on sale (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Peltor-Tactical-6-Stereo-Long-Ear-Hearing-Device/706764.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=/catalog/search.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dpeltor%2Bhearing%26x%3D0%26y%3D0&Ntt=peltor+hearing) for $45 at Cabela's right now. I like mine an awful lot for exactly the kind of use that the OP is describing.
Noise reduction rating of 20 dB. Pathetic.

I use Pyramex PM4010 electronic muffs. They're industrial grade quality for under $100.00 bucks.
30 dB of attenuation - better.

Given the choice of the two, OP, I'd spend the extra scratch and go with #2, if you value saving your remaining hearing.

hso
November 30, 2010, 06:20 PM
Those are good as well. Keep in mind the point is that I prefer to see shooting muffs made by industrial hearing protector manufacturers. Elevex, Peltor, Howard Leight, even Pyramex and others are good. Just stick with industrial hearing protector manufacturers and you have better assurance of a quality product.

buck460XVR
November 30, 2010, 06:35 PM
The Peltor 6 is on sale (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Peltor-Tactical-6-Stereo-Long-Ear-Hearing-Device/706764.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=/catalog/search.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dpeltor%2Bhearing%26x%3D0%26y%3D0&Ntt=peltor+hearing) for $45 at Cabela's right now. I like mine an awful lot for exactly the kind of use that the OP is describing.


I have a pair I've had for less than a year. Used 'em maybe half a dozen times with the electronics turned on. Right side started to buzz and cut in and out first day of deer season. Called Peltor and they basically said "too bad". They know they have a problem with the circuitry but they won't stand behind them. So much for customer service.

WoofersInc
November 30, 2010, 08:05 PM
One thing I have mentioned in the past. Look at the noise reduction ratings on most of the lower cost, electric ears. Most run in the 20-24 decibel reduction rating. This includes the Peltors and the Howard Leights mentioned. Standard, non electric ears usually run around 27-29 decibels in noise reduction.

This truly comes down to you get what you pay for. I went with the Pro Ears because they are rated at 33 decibels of noise reduction, which is the highest out there. Granted they do cost more, but as someone pointed out already, what is your hearing worth?

jcwit
November 30, 2010, 08:10 PM
Remember to double up.

Tom609
December 1, 2010, 10:36 PM
I would only recommend the Peltors or Howard Leights

I agree with HSO. I wear bilateral hearing aids and own both makes. The Peltors have slightly better sound quality, but I paid twice as much for them. I volunteer as a RSO and wouldn't be without these. I can hear everything that goes on around me. I also double up with plugs if the big artillery is out. Do yourself a big favor, leave the hearing aid in the car, and get either one these.

JoelSteinbach
December 1, 2010, 11:12 PM
Every day I use my Beltone Hearing aids, at the range its a Peltor Tactical 7, what a great set of muffs,

Bentonville
December 2, 2010, 11:32 PM
Do any here have experience with the ProEars electronic muffs rated at 33nrr?

Nomad, 2nd
December 2, 2010, 11:35 PM
Electronic Muffs don't 'cut out' quickly enough to save you from all the noise dammage.

Double up.

Erik
December 3, 2010, 12:25 AM
I double up with Surefire plugs and a MSA/Sordin Supreme Pro-X muff. I'm very happy with the combination.

If you enjoyed reading about "Electronic ear muffs" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!