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Old 03-10-2007, 07:02 AM
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Ear protection

Just trying to figure out which kind of ear protection is best. I've got some of those squeazable ear plugs u get at lowes for like $3 for 6. THey help out trememdously, but is it much better to get the expension "headphone" lookin' kind or are the little plugs enough? Also, is there any superior brand?

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Old 03-10-2007, 07:38 AM
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I use WorkTunes. I bought them at Home Depot for about $50. They are headphone style hearing protection, but with an AM/FM radio built in. I have used the little squeeze plugs in a pinch, and gone through several pairs of regular muffs, they all work ok.

Knowing what I know, I would never start the season without the WorkTunes and fresh batteries.
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Old 03-10-2007, 07:45 AM
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I use peltor muffs. They are the same as worktunes but dont have the radio. I have also used foam plugs in a pinch but when you are on a z with a bagger running you will be glad you chose muffs.
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Old 03-10-2007, 07:48 AM
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Ear protection is measured by decibel reduction 6' from the noise emitting piece of equipment.
That said, the bones and membranes in your head/ear are what transmits "noise" and once you dampen the membrane movement in your head/ear you will reduce the noise.
The best way is to go to an audiologist, a person who specializes in custom molded hearing aids and request plugs for your ears.
I go once every year to have my hearing tested as I shoot literally fifty thousand rounds per year not to mention working near loud equipment. Since I got my ear plugs from this same audiologist, she checks the plug fit as well.
Noise reduction with these plugs are greater than a "muff" style, are much more comfortable to wear all day, very important when it is routinely 105* for seven months out of the year here, and since the plugs have a valve in them I do not have to remove the plugs to talk on the phone/radio/to customers.
Check 'em out your be glad you did.
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Old 03-10-2007, 11:59 AM
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Thanks guys! Heh, while we're on the subject; does anyone have the little mini-phones on and then put the large muffs on over that so that they can listen to an mp3 player or something. ANd I know about the radio one, as a site member mentioned, but would like to have more choice in sounds if possible. I'm saying, u know, put on the ear phones ( which fit in your ear ) and then put the Large HEAD muff ( ear protectors ) on over it. Would your hearing still be protected/does anyone do this?
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Old 03-10-2007, 12:30 PM
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I've tried that, green-pa, but the cords eventually hurt from being pushed into the side of your head by the muffs after awhile. You may try looking for a wireless earbud to keep under the muffs.... whatever works for you.. =)
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Old 03-10-2007, 01:03 PM
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I have the muffs with the am/fm built in & I love them although I am sure that I look like an idiot singing outloud while riding my ztr.
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Old 03-10-2007, 01:12 PM
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yeh, i sing with mine all day long, i get weird looks all the time. you can see me dancin on the mower too...
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