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Inexpensive hearing protection that allows you to hear people talking?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Carter, Sep 14, 2010.

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  1. Carter

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    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.
     
  2. Presto

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    Caldwell electronic muffs from Midway work pretty well for me. They can be had for less than $30 if I remember correctly.
     
  3. KCMOgunner

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    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
     
  4. Carter

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    Sportsmans Guide has several different models too.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  10. Jim Watson

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Absolutely, nothing more needs to be said.
     
  16. Ed4032

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    Try the Allen Sound Sensor. http://sound-sensor.com/
    I have a pair and love them. No batteries and cost around $20 bucks.
     
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    I've heard really good things about the Howard Leight electronic earmuffs.
     
  18. Carter

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    Thanks guys
     
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    Ear valves (google it) have been around for decades and go for about $10. The diaphragm snaps shut for impulse sounds (gunshots).
     
  20. myrdraal0

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    I'm probably a couple of days late here; but I'll cast another vote for the Howard Leight muffs.

    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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