Ear protection/listening to music

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TheLawnRangerLLC, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,239

    I don't think you can turn up the worktunes loud enough to hurt your ears. Mine just sound nice, and usually I only listen to them at about 25% volume.

    Now, the new in ear deals can get so loud it about blows my head off. And that is not a good loud, it is a treable high pitch loud.
  2. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    You raise a good point. I wear my peltor H10A external muffs -30db on top of my shure SE425 In Ear Monitors also -25db. Without the external added layer of the muffs on top of the Shure IEM's YOU WILL BE raising the volume to hear clearly thus hearing damage will happen. We loose our hearing on gradual.basis constantly. Even my own dad who.is in his mid 80's say the noise of a mower doesn't bother him nor does the shrill noise of a table.saw. But the fact remains he is going deaf. His TV volume is blasting as well as his speaker phone. Dispite being a high level former big brain math teacher whiz. The issue and.facts of accumulative hearing loss is lost on him.
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  3. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,728

    This post inspired me to try something with my iPod and earphones. I use the squeeze and stick in your ear before they pop back out ear plugs and I just put my phones over them on wide open and I could hear the music pretty good. It beats the boredom of riding on a mower with nothing.
  4. HungryGoatLawns.com

    HungryGoatLawns.com LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    I use skullcandy in ear buds. they fit in the ear canal and come with three different sizes of ear pieces. got mine for $20 at best buy
  5. Dave88LX

    Dave88LX LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    There are a couple "Work Tunes" on Amazon...which ones?

    3M TEKK WorkTunes Hearing Protector, MP3 Compatible with AM/FM Tuner

    3M Peltor WorkTunes Digital Hearing Protector, MP3 Compatible with AM/FM Tuner

    Saw these too:
    Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Electronic Earmuff
  6. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,529

    The peltor ones my man. The green ones do not have radio. Only mp3 plug in. The beauty remains in wire less use in my opinion.
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  7. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
    Messages: 576

    I have used the 3M TEKK worktunes for the past two seasons but they are starting to fall apart on me now. Im sure i've dropped on driveways or streets more than 30 times and all that ever broke on the exterior was battery cover this past Fall when it was 48 degrees out. I can't blame the plastic for that, i wanted to just break and call it a day (it was the first cold day I had to mow this Fall). I felt that they worked well and were worth the $50 I paid for them, now Lowe's sells them for $60.

    I think I may try a pair of the Elvex headphones, does anyone have a recommendation on the exact model?

  8. olde_blue

    olde_blue LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    I like the Elvex com-610 (com-611 and com-612 are the same, only without volume limiter). You must plug you own radio/cd player/mp3 player into them. They have a volume knob, which, along with the plug, is the weak point--keep it out of the rain. They sound great and are durable and cost about $65. You can also buy a model with a built in radio (com-666). I've never tried it. I got about 4 years out of my first com-610, used daily, and bought another.

    Don't buy an older Elvex model with a plastic headband instead of the newer wire ones. The plastic looses it's tension (especially in 100 degree heat and sun) and lets in more noise. I had one about 10 years ago, and the band broke within 2 years. Elvex replaced it for free, but it never worked as good as the newer design.
  9. Greyst1

    Greyst1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 900

    The work tunes flat out suck!!!! What are so many of you talking about how great they are, they're junk!

    Horrible tuning, heavy, hot, poor sound quality....

    I gotta do some research on a good bluetooth set. The plug in is killing me.
  10. wegomow

    wegomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Howard Leight Sync been using them for a month now and they are great. Don't know what I'm do this summer though as I am sure they will be to hot. They were $40 including shipping. http://www.howardleight.com/ear-muffs/sync

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