Need advice on ear plugs.

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by allenr, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. allenr

    allenr Member

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    I have been using Clear Armor ear muffs for indoor and outdoor range shooting. I suffer from hearing loss in both ears. The loss came from four years in Nam with guns blazing, howitzers blasting, and bombs falling. The deterioration was gradual but last June I had to get two hearing aids to compensate for that and old age.

    I have good earmuffs for hearing protection. But I am going on an extended backpacking trip this spring and I will be visiting outdoor ranges along the way. I will be hiking, not driving so weight and bulk is an issue.

    Some good earplug protection would save a lot of space. I have never used plugs. I have spent quite some time researching them on the Internet. I has been like trying to read alphabet soup. Very few to none in accurate assessments. I see lots of reviewers wearing plugs in YouTube videos.

    So I need a bit of advice hopefully based on personal experience. Any thoughts offered will be appreciated.
     
  2. buster40c

    buster40c Well-Known Member

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    I never liked foam ear plugs because they didn't help much and quite often they hurt inside my ear. I sometimes wear ear muffs but that isn't what you want due to size.
    http://earplugsonline.com/shooting-ear-protection/ I never tried these but further research of reviews might be worthwhile.
    I most often use the ones in this link. When I am mowing or doing anything with loud noise I put them on. Hickok45 in his videos wears one like it also.
    http://www.earplugstore.com/qb2bandedearplugs.html
     

  3. SavageGuy

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    You could always use chewing gum :cheesy:
     
  4. allenr

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    Thanks buster. I'll check out the links.
     
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  5. allenr

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    I thought it was a pun until I watched some YouTube videos that demonstrate it. I also saw some that used unfired cartridges as ear plugs.
     
  6. buster40c

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    You could take SG along with you and have him stick his fingers in your ears.

    BTW my first set of the band ear plugs lasted me over 3 years. I liked them so much I bought another set which I wear now and they are at least two years old now. The set comes with an extra pair of replacement plugs. For under $10 and easy to store I really like them. I wear them around my neck and when needed put them in my ears. I wiggle them a little bit to get them in snug and even shooting a 357 doesn't bother me at all.
     
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  7. allenr

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    So who made them?
     
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  8. Tommycourt

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    Allenr,
    Do not use unfired cartridges for ear plugs as they are not expandable and will exacerbate noise. You can find some soft, I mean soft foam plugs at Sportsman's Warehouse in a package of approximately 20. Just don't insert them so they are uncomfortable. Push them in until you feel the ear housing full and that is enough. I have used them for over 20 yrs. When at the range I use them along with my muffs as added insurance. I have tinninitus in both ears and suffer greatly depending on how much external noise there is. The constant ringing will make the ringing become louder and in those cases I stick a foam ear plug in and it tones the noise down. Just MHO only! I forgot to mention that the orange/pink plugs will flex to fit your ears.

    Tommy
     
  9. MagBlackhawk

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    I've found that the soft foam ear plugs that have a rounded end work pretty well.
    Sometimes you gotta really work at it to get them in the ear canal correctly.
    I use them along with ear muffs when shooting magnum revolvers.




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  10. SavageGuy

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    That's funny . I was joking, but my grandfather did tell me that once he had to do it. Guess it was annoying trying to get the stuff outta his ear though......
     
  11. spikedriver

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    I use triple flange plugs at work. They work very well against the blast from train horns, and do a good job with gunfire too. If your ear canals are large or small they might not be for you though. They can be cleaned and re-used, I recommend cleaning them often or you could get swimmers ear from them. (Ask me how I know...)
     
  12. SHOOTER13

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    That was the GUNNY...R. Lee Ermey of Gunny Time...

    My 2nd favorite NCO...

    Right after My Wife: SGM (E-9) USA CID (RET)
     
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    No problem Gunny...!!
     
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    I have a set that the safety officer at work cast to my ears. Not sure where you could buy them though. Maybe a nose ear and throat doctor, or a good safety supply shop.
     
  18. buster40c

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    I ordered a pair of Surefire EP7 today. They seem to have excellent db reduction of around 44 for a 165db gun shot noise. But without the filter plug in it has around 28db reduction and can hear conversations however a bit quieter.
    This is what I wanted because I plan on wearing them whenever I go out somewhere or have a gun on me. I wanted to hear conversation yet could still be protected from losing my hearing if caught in a bad situation.

    Thanks for the heads up about the Surefire earplugs.
     
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