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Opinions on hearing protection

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by okeefl, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. okeefl

    okeefl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 155

    I would like to hear your opinions on the best hearing protection. I am a full-time firefighter and already have mild tinitis from sirens and airhorns, I would like to get the muff style that the head piece folds behind my head so I can still wear a hat any suggestions?
  2. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,732

    i've found that the headphone style (peltor) reduce noise the best, however after several hours they get uncomfortable to me. i've been using the foam inserts lately.
  3. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    If it isn't too hot I were earmuffs. If its really noisy (leafloader) then I'll wear earplugs and place the muffs over those. That REALLY reduces the decibels of the truckloader.
  4. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 515

    I like the reusable ones. They have a hard plastic loop that you can wear under your chin or behind your neck and soft rubber cone-shaped ear plugs. You can wear these all day long and forget you have them on. I used to wear these when I worked around jet engines. You can find these just about anywhere for about seven bucks.
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

  6. jlouki01

    jlouki01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

    I have used both active noise canceling muffs and regular Stihl muffs. They both work well. Tried the plug deal.. no good for me. The bone behind your ear needs to be covered up to keep the vibration from harming your ear drum.
  7. okeefl

    okeefl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 155

    Wanted to stay away from the plug type also, they just dont work for me. Looked at the peltor styles, but none look like you can wear them with the band behind your head.
  8. okeefl

    okeefl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 155

    Just found these on ebay. This is the style I'm looking for.

  9. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,512

    I use ear plugs due to there size and comfort I don't want to wear big azz ear muffs especially during the summer when its 100 out
  10. jmurphy

    jmurphy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 273

    I wear Peltors i3 with a baseball hat on no problem. I wear them in the winter for the snowblowers also with a Carhartt baseball hat with the ear flaps. i can still hear the Z a little but it needs a new muffler anyways...lol. I really have to reember to bring them to work when im on the Bobcat all day.:hammerhead:

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