The very best hearing protection

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by indy2tall, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. indy2tall

    indy2tall LawnSite Senior Member
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    For those of you who want the very best, this is what you want. These will probably knock 45 to 50 decibels off outside noise. Many of you have bought the Shure earbuds to listen to music while mowing and those by themselves will be OK for almost everyone. These are made to attach to the end of your Shure earbuds or other high end earbuds and are the type of plugs most rock musicians use on stage. They are custom molded to your ear canal by an audiologist (ear doctor) and will run in the area of $100 to $140. With these in your ear you can listen to music at a normal volume and you will not even hear your mower at all. They are practically indestructible so you will only need to buy them once. Both right and left plugs are in the picture with one shown attached to an earbud.

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  2. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
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    Hey, thanks for posting that, I have been wanting something exactly like those but didn't know they existed.
     
  3. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Posts: 1,237

    Okay...what do you do with the cords? Don't they get caught on stuf like branches and stuff?
     
  4. jmurphy

    jmurphy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 273

    I run the cords under my shirt.
     
  5. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 939

    eventually the headphone itself will wear out and get scratchy though. But I trust you know what your talking about and if I was on a mower as much as some of you are, I would buy them to.
     
  6. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,432

    I like to be able to hear my mowers just a little bit just incase something isnt running right or about to break or i run over something i can hear the difference.
     
  7. eruuska

    eruuska LawnSite Senior Member
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    Up until a couple weeks ago I was using Stihl muffs and if I wanted to listen to music I'd use my iPod buds under them. They always popped loose due to sweat or just bouncing around. Now I use those foam earplugs and an inexpensive set of noise reducing headphones. MUCH less outside noise. I too was concerned about not hearing the mower properly, but I can hear changes in engine noise as long as I'm paying attention. Plus they're much more comfortable.

    Foam plugs I've been using provide 29 dB reduction, versus the Stihl muffs at about 22 or 24 (if I remember correctly).
     
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,138

    Isn't it a safety problem if you can't hear anything while you are mowing. And what if the engine runs low on oil, normally you could hear the valves pinging.
     
  9. eruuska

    eruuska LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 454

    Define "safety issue". I think it's a safety issue to screw up my hearing. If you check the oil regularly you should never run low. I can hear changes in mower tone, for example I can tell if I've got a bit of plastic bag on one of my blades, and if there is some serious malfunction I'd be able to hear it.
     
  10. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,426

    Yes it can be dangerous with or without protection. The sound of the motor alone can keep you from hearing cars, people, etc without hearing protection. With hearing protection (with or without tunes playing) you have to learn to use you eyes and be very vigilant about what's going on around you. No matter which way you do it your hearing is impacted and you must use other senses to compensate. Hearing protection is not really an option if you care about your long term hearing. So with or without music your are in more danger and must rely on vision more. I use an MP3 with Sony Futopia ear buds with a 30 db noise reduction set of Bilsom cans when I want to listen to music. But if I'm in a dangerous area I just use foam ear plugs. I did hear of a teen walking in front of a bus while listening to his ipod so it can definitely be dangerous. But no matter which way I do it my hearing will be affected and I must be very conscious of whats going on around me.
     

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