Electronic Earmuff for hearing protection?


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soapboxpreacher
March 5, 2012, 12:18 PM
Looking to get a pair of electronic earmuff such as the howard leight impact sports or peltor but none of them seem to have better than a NRR 20db. I like at least 25 and prefer a 28+. Inside shooting I plugs and muffs...but I could get away with just muffs. I really want a high NRR electronic so I can at least hear people talking or noise in general that is ear piercing like a gun shot. Let me know

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tarakian
March 5, 2012, 01:51 PM
For that level of protection, you need to look at Pro Ears Predator Gold rated at 26 or their Pro Tac Mag Gold at 33. Neither are cheap.

hso
March 5, 2012, 06:26 PM
You need plugs with muffs because their frequency attenuation efficiencies are different across the audible spectrum. Plugs or muffs alone are not sufficient.

Calculation of protection isn't as simple as adding the NRR of the plugs with the NRR of the muffs and many people who spend lots of money on plugs and muffs are not getting what they hope they're paying for. OSHA recommends you only add 5 dB to the protection value of your higher hearing protector for dual use hearing protection.

soapboxpreacher
March 5, 2012, 10:49 PM
I found someone that uses a SureFire Sonic Defender Plugs with Howard Leight Impact Sports...seems like a great combo that allows you to still hear someone talking

http://www.surefire.com/EP3-Sonic-Defenders

http://www.howardleight.com/ear-muffs/impact-sport--2

I think this is the combo that will work and cover everything.

OpticsPlanet
March 6, 2012, 01:53 PM
I'm with hso - I use plugs and muffs together - and I wish I had started this habit earlier than I did. Like most young men, I couldn't be injured, or told anything.

Mark H.

hso
March 6, 2012, 10:57 PM
soapboxpreacher,

If you are using electronic muffs that you can adjust the volume why do you need anything other than foam plugs under them? The electronic muffs allow you to carry on conversations.

soapboxpreacher
March 8, 2012, 05:08 PM
soapboxpreacher,

If you are using electronic muffs that you can adjust the volume why do you need anything other than foam plugs under them? The electronic muffs allow you to carry on conversations.
Because most electronic muffs are not rated past NRR 22db. Pro Ears are but they are very expensive over 250! Howard Leight are under $50. In an indoor shooting situation 22db is not enough, throw in someone in the range with a Brake on an AR and you will be hurting! So combining Ear plugs that have the ability to hear or pass throw noise levels below 85dbs makes this awesome. Surefire sound defender EP3 or EP4 offers plugs that you can hear thru but are not high enough db protection by themselves...so once again combining these plugs with a impact sports howard leight muff and you have enough protection and can still hear commands, people talking and so on! It is an awesome setup that is around 75 bucks!

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