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Ear protection?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by stevenf, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    Who here wears ear protection? I do all of my accounts 1 day a week and I am finding myself getting really hard of hearing.
  2. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,316

    ME !!! :weightlifter:

    I'll just be blunt and say it's kinda stupid to not wear ear protection when you're operating loud equipment for long periods of time.
    So wear earplugs. . .or muffs. . .whatever works for you. It's really that simple, and that's all it takes to preserve your hearing.

    No offense intended :)
  3. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    i think im going to start. i hate going to bed and i can still hear the whip.
  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,280

    I use ear plugs.....not when I am mowing with my 21" but especially when mowing with my high RPM WB, trimmer, or blower. Gotta save those ears for another day....
  5. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,375

    I def. use ear protection on everything. Even when I'm mulching by hand, my wheelbarrow has a nasty squeak to it. lol
  6. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    I started using earmuffs a few years ago, I have since switched to earplugs for comfort. One day I forgot them, I couldn't believe how loud everything was! I actually went and got some ear plugs for the day. Save your hearing!
  7. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    Yup, me as well. Although, sometimes I forget them, and then I don't. But I try to most of the time.
  8. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    my muffs hang on the controls of the w/b or the trimmer. gotta have em. i like muffs over plugs b/c theyre quicker when Mrs Neighborhoodgossipbigmouth comes to speak to you. theyre more comfortable. and they last longer. and my footsteps dont echo on every step. my best guy uses plugs though. i have found though that the harder something is to use the less likely i am to use it. its easier for me to use muffs.
  9. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I prefer plugs. They DO take some getting used too. The above mentioned the echo and general hearing things oddly, it seems to actually go away after some time. I don't even notice mine at all anymore. I also agree, I can't run mowers or trimmers without them in my ears, most of the stuff I have is just LOUD to me anymore.

    With them in, I can actually leave the mower on idle, sitting on it, and carry a conversation with a customer. They seem to block out the mower noise yet allow me to hear the voices. Same is true for the phone. Mower at idle I can answer the phone with the ear plugs and hear just fine, without I can't hear a word the person is saying on the phone over the engine.

    Can't stand the muffs, too hot, and I have big ears and they really smash them and hurt. Plus I wear a wide brimmed straw hat in the hot weather and that dosn't jive with the muffs.
  10. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,167

    Muffs are too hot. I wear ear plugs, eye protection and a substantial shoe.

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