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What types of ear protection are you using?

What type of ear protection/phones do you use?

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LawnSite Member
I wanted to see what types of ear protection are being used while cutting. You can vote or if its a specific style, post it. I use a set of Shure e3's, you can listen to music, they do very well to block out noise, and I can use them for drumming when I'm not cutting. What do you use?


LawnSite Fanatic
I use a combination, more so due to levels of comfort throughout the season.

I find the muffs (mickey mouse ears) are great when the temps are cool, once it gets chilly outside they tend to keep my ears warm. That, and they're fast getting off-and-on.

The plugs are better once it gets hot, but for some reason if I wear these for long periods of time, sometimes my ears get to hurting, still I find keeping my ears cooler helps keep me cool, kinda, the heat is just a killer. They're a bit slower to put in and I like to be careful pulling them back out, but I like how they don't get caught up on low hanging branches and other obstacles.

I do use earbuds, but they're for listening to music, I usually wear the mickey mouse over those for a better silence, I find the buds themselves don't seal so good.

Beyond that, if I want total peace and quiet, I've worn both plugs + muffs, ahhh.

But yeah, I don't run equipment without hearing protection, maybe once in a bit for a few minutes, but I don't like doing it, always wear something to help protect the ear canal from noise.


LawnSite Silver Member
I wear Work Tunes that I got from the Depot. I figure for $50 & they last 2 years that's not too bad. My wife tells me I talk to myself less when I have had music going all day.


LawnSite Bronze Member
Lancaster, MA
I wear the cans just because I don't like those ear plugs. I don't think the plugs work as well, but those cans get soooo hot. I'm going to get one of the Work Tunes soon. A guy I know has had his for years. They're pretty cool!

RedMax Man

LawnSite Platinum Member
Dracut, MA
AoSafety Professional cans and Work Tunes. The work tunes are falling apart, the batteries are duct taped to keep them on so its time for a new pair and the reception is terrible. I've had them a few years. Music and the radio can get boring after awhile so i have the regular ones also and i don't have to always be searching for stations.


LawnSite Fanatic
I wear the cans just because I don't like those ear plugs. I don't think the plugs work as well, but those cans get soooo hot.
Yeah, the heat bothers me to no end with the muffs but I do like them too.
As for noise reduction, a good quality plug is better than my Stihl muffs.

The trick with the plugs is:
1) You need a TON of good quality plugs cheap.
> I bought a box of 200 pairs from Napa (I think $40 or so), so I have plenty.
> Get the solid foam, not the plastic pine trees.
> No cords, you can try it but I find the cord gets in the way.
2) Use clean plugs!
> Once they get grubby, don't wear those no more.
>> You can wash them in the machine, then let air dry for several days.
3) Takes time, you got to roll them between your fingers a bit, each side.
> Hard to keep them from getting grubby, but it is the trick.
>> Fresh or new plugs 'roll' best.
4) Stick in ear carefully, they have to go in the ear canal but not too far in!
> Takes practice, because the foam expands the entire time, so aim and first try in works best.
> Remove slowly as well.
5) The foam loses its properties before too long.
> Meaning it doesn't stay 'rolled' right, I might get a week out of a pair, 3-4 days really.
>> Washing once is ok, by the second time you wash them that's about it.
>>> Still, 200 pairs $40, wear 2-3 days a pair + wash once + wear again = several years / box.

When plugs suck, dispose, grab another pair, and an extra.
Always have an extra pair around.

Other notes: I thought I was the only one who talked to myself, I am sure I do this a lot :laugh:


LawnSite Member
The WorkPhones look pretty cool, but I bet they get hot like the muffs. I used to use earphones(the little ones that just sat in your ear) and put muffs over top of them, I used them for drumming and they worked pretty well. Then I found the Shure E3's, the sound quality is supurb and with the foam earpiece they block out 33bB, very good for when I'm using the equiptment. Here's my set, only problem is they sell for about $189 :( I got mine a bit cheaper online, their worth every penny.