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San Francisco teacher needs ear protection for a student with autism

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by veggiegrrrl, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. veggiegrrrl

    veggiegrrrl New Member

    Apr 23, 2009
    San Francisco area teacher needs ear protection for a teenage student with autism. He has serious sensory sensitivity issues. Family can't purchase anything right now. Kid is stressed to the max with the noise at school. What do you recommend that is highly effective, reasonably priced and comfortable? We certainly can't get BOSE headphones but what can we afford?
    Also, if anyone has any unloved ear protection, they would like to pass along so my student could try it, I'd be happy to send you the address of the school. Thanks for any advice.
  2. HuntAndFish

    HuntAndFish Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Kansas City, MO
    Electronic hearing protection for firearms probably wouldn't be of much use in this case because they block only noise above a certain decibel level. Lower level noise is allowed to pass through so you can hear normal conversation.

    The only thing of use in the shooting sports arena may be foam earplugs. Perhaps the custom versions that are sold at gunshows may work.
  3. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Even a cheap set of electronic earmuffs will drop the sound level by say 25 dB.
    The idea for shooters is to turn conversation UP and depend on the electronics to cut off amplification at loud noises. You can turn them up, you can turn them down, or turn them off and get the full noise protection. The 85 dB mentioned is simply where the amplification turns off automatically.

    The cheapest I know of is the Caldwell from Midway:

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