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Best over ear ear protection.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Cam15, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. Cam15

    Cam15 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,348

    I've been using harbor freight cheapos. Looking for something with better noise blocking power. Also kinda interested in a Bluetooth so I can listen to music. What does everybody else use?
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  2. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,267

    I use 3m digital worktunes.

    I also have a different brand I got at Lowes, that is a digital radio, but also bluetooth capable. I dont really use these, as it eats through batteries like crazy.
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  3. cold-beer

    cold-beer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 286

    I use a high quality face shield/earmuff combo that I got at my local saw shop most of the time.

    When I'm doing something that I don't worry about protecting my eyes like just mowing, I use the more expensive Harbor freight earmuffs, or I use disposable ear plugs when it's really hot. I'm looking into getting the 3m worktunes. I specialize in small yards, so it's not often that I spend more than 10 minutes behind my mower, but I do have a few bigger accounts, and I wouldn't mind them for stuff like big leaf or hedge jobs.

    I will say this......You only get one set of ears. The higher price of good hearing protection is worth it. I've had issues with both hearing loss and tinnitus since I was in my early 20's from shooting guns as a kid with no hearing protection. If my dad was still alive, I would kick him in the nuts for taking me shooting with no hearing protection as a kid. I wouldn't wish the tinnitus on my worse enemy, which is why I'm very protective of my ears these days. I won't use any product for power equiptment that is rated below 23NRR and for shooting anything bigger than a 22, I use both 27NRR earplugs combined with my 23 NRR earmuffs for an NRR rating of about 30.
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  4. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Jersey
    Messages: 4,761

    Stihl made a good one. Don't know if they are now like they were made 8 years ago or so.
  5. lawnmanppark

    lawnmanppark LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    just make sure you get it with sufficient decibal reduction anything over 30 is what I buy in earplugs I used to use ear muffs but you have to replace padding and stuff overtime I chose earplugs because with workers earmuffs would get expensive sometimes I forget to get the earplugs the only time I make sure is hedge trimming and blowing
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  6. AlohaMowing

    AlohaMowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    I have shooter's earmuffs bought from a sporting goods store. I use them over 3M ear plugs when runing the ztr. Doing my best to keep what hearing I have after too many years of noise exposure.
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  7. Turf Tracer

    Turf Tracer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,490

    3M Peltor Hearing Protection - X5A - Over-the-Head Earmuffs - 31 dB -
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  8. Anthony Divit

    Anthony Divit LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 177

    I had bought the mpow jaws bluetooth headphones for $22 from amazon. I had them over a year and they are great. I listen to audiobooks and can hear great. For the price and they clip back onto the neck holder they are great.
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  9. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
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  10. OP

    Cam15 LawnSite Fanatic
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