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  1. dh1633pm

    dh1633pm Member

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    I was doing some research on electronic hearing protection. There was a very good thread in 2011 that covered a lot of bases. Have a set now and one side choose to not work anymore. What are the professionals using? Those who do range work for a living or work around the loud noises. I checked out the reviews on midway and amazon still undecided.

    I don't mind paying for things of value, but don't want to purchase more than I need. I like the electronic ones since I can still hear things. I did see a lot of comments about the Peltor Brand. Cheek weld is important since I shoot mostly rifles. Shotguns now and then.

    Thanks ahead of time for your advice.
     
  2. JeffG

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    I use the Walker Apha muff for hunting, but they do break down. For shooting at the indoor range, I use the non-electronic. Decibel Defense, rated at 37db reduction. Electronic sometimes lack in true decibel reduction, a lot of them are around 29db.
     
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    Thanks JeffG. Was there a specific model that you use? At the indoor I wear double. Gets really loud inside. And thanks for the response.
     
  4. SharpDog

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    I just got a set of these and if you're looking for traditional augmented hearing protection, they work well (I am in no way affi8laiated with this company):

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    https://www.goaxil.com/collections/...-universal-hearing-protection-and-enhancement

    Then I decided that, since I use BT to and from work, might as well have built-in hearing protection as well, so I got these:

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    These work really well (once you RTFM)


    Shipping is really fast with this company and they offer an extended waranty option.


    https://www.goaxil.com/collections/featured-products/products/bt-ear-pro
     
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    I use Howard Leight Impact Sports. I put them over plugs for indoor range work, but use just the muffs turned up for hunting. I call them my cheaters.
     
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    Thanks for the input. Gives me a lot to chew on. Even Sharpdog had an excellent suggestion, although I prefer over the ear.
     
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    Do you listen to music with the bluetooth set? How's the sound on them?

    Currently when I mow I use a set of earbuds to listen to music and then ear muffs over that for hearing protection, but it get's hot in the summer and I'd love to get a set of bluetooth earbuds that offer hearing protections. But I'm a bit of a sound snob when it comes to headphones.
     
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    Yes, Pandora. The sound is really good. I moved from a set of $110 wired ear buds to these BT ones. Maybe these have slightly less bass response but overall really good. This way, as a CCW, I always have my ears on (also my normal glasses are shooting glasses).
     
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    I just ordered the AXIL. Thanks for everyone that gave some input. I reviewed every comment.
     
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    I really like JeffG's suggestion. It was really good for over the ear protection. It also had good reviews. I went with the in-ear because sometimes in the summer when I remove my hearing protection my ears are all sweat. My old ones interfered when shot sporting clays which I do once a month in the summer. Thanks Sharpdog.
     
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    I’m comfortable with muffs and bought the Howard Leight upper model for my Front Sight training course. Electronic hearing protection is required there so that the students can hear the instructors and still have protection. Worked great by itself outdoors. At the indoor range I wear foam plugs under them and can still hear my surroundings. I am very happy with them. Price was right on Amazon, only about $50. The more expensive types do not have better specifications.
     
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    Some neat new toys to investigate in this thread. I have two pairs of Peltor Tac-7s that are over 10 years old and going strong, so I have no need for anything new ... but I am very intrigued by the in-ear options available today that didn't exist when I bought the Peltors. One thing I like about the muffs is that they also keep your ears warm when the temps are sub-freezing! But I think I'll check out some of the newer devices posted in this thread.
     
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    Like the part about over the ears keeping your ears warm. That they do. Won't be giving up those. Just needed something better. My news ones came in. Haven't taken them to the range yet, but them seem to work. Going to mow the lawn now and try them out. Its 80 or so out. We'll see.
     
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