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Ear protection

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by green-pa, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 733

    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?

  2. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,505

    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.
  3. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    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.
  4. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,083

    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.
  5. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 733

    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?
  6. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,402

    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.. =)
  7. biggin69

    biggin69 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    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.
  8. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    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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