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What earplugs do you use?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by monotonous_iterancy, May 11, 2013.

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  1. RustHunter87

    RustHunter87 Member

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    I completely agree with that, I also dont reuse them much because every time you roll them up filth from you fingers gets imbedded in to the foam and irritates my ears even more.
     
  2. Arizona_Mike

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    Drug store foam in the bulk plastic bottle.

    Mike
     
  3. Doc7

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    I use Howard Leight earplugs that I get from work at the plant, and throw on the Impact Sport electronic muffs over top of them.

    Firing my 20 gauge shotgun, for the first time ever, the noise was a complete non-issue which I understand may also lower "perceived recoil" for some folks. I think this setup is pretty awesome, as it allows me to carry on conversations at normal speaking volumes at the range without removing ear-pro.
     
  4. tnxdshooter

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    How in the heck can y'all hear anything with ear plugs and ear muffs on? I have a severe hearing impairment and if I wore both I wouldn't be able to hear anything. Thus I just take my hearing aids out and put the howard leight electronic muffs on. This allows gunshots to be blocked out and voices enhanced.

    Sent from my mind using ninja telepathy.
     
  5. Sav .250

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    I use small pieces of a hankie. Works for me.
     
  6. hso

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    John,

    You make a good point. The fact that we can reuse disposable plugs doesn't mean they're intended to be reused. They're intended to go in, stay in until "break" or "lunch", and then be tossed and replaced before going back to work in a noisy environment. The no-roll ear plugs do a better job for folks that go back and forth a bit between noisy and less noisy environments as well as avoiding the user problem of improperly rolling and inserting them and they avoid the entire "nasty" handling problem with dirty/greasy hands rolling them.

    I'll get a sample pack of no-rolls from one of the suppliers for you to T&E.
     
  7. nyresq

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    25 years of shooting and 10 as an instructor. Always used foamies and muffs no matter what I was shooting. About 5 years ago I had a set of custom molded plugs made and discovered what comfortable ear plugs feel like. Foamies would irritate my ears after a few hours and they were a PIA to put in and get them to seat properly. My custom molded ones go in and seat perfectly everytime, easy to put in and easy to take out. I have one set with small filters and keeper strings that let in normal sounds like talking but not loud sounds like gunshots. I have another set without the filters and no strings to better seal my muffs. When shooting very loud guns (short barreled 308 etc) or on a crowded indoor range I use these to better lower the db getting to my ears.

    Custom plugs are worth the expense. if you use foamies, you will never look back after a good set of molded plugs.

    Double up, plugs and muffs. With all our modern medical science, your hearing is one of those things they cant fix once its gone. Electronic amplification devices help, but stop the damage before its gone too far.
     
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    I get mine from work either the yellow foam or the white foam.
     
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    I use the orange foam ones. You can buy the at academy... they work really well if you use them correctly.... most dont... But i cant hear much after i put the in, cheap, disposable, effective, reliable... all the things i like.
     
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    I was in the Army 1953-1955. Had 8 wks Infantry training and 8 wks Artillery training. Then I went into Aircraft maintainence. All very noisy conditions. At NO time or place were we ever offered any form of hearing protection. It simply didn't exist. I should be getting a good chunk of disability. At least the V A gave me a couple good hearing aids and batteries for life.
     
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