I asked this earlier but didn't get much of a response. I did a little online research and just ordered myself some Peltor Tactical 7S electronic earmuffs. I'll post a review once I get them and get a chance to try them out.
I had been using the yellow foam things along with non-electronic muffs. I couldn't hear the rangemaster clearly enough and decided to try electronics. My ears have been ringing for over 15 years now and my hearing is steadily getting worse, which is why I was wearing double protection.
I picked up a set of plugs for $5.50 at Sportsmans warehouse, and the range I went to lets its range customers use eyes and ears at no extra, so I used a set of ears from them in addition to the plugs cuz I wasn't completely confident in using the plugs alone...anyway...next time i'm at the range I think i'll just stick with the plugs...they're rated for 25 db so as long as I can practice putting them in correctly so they stay in nice and tight...I think i'll be fine.
The safety guy at my work insists that we use ear plugs. If we use ear muffs, we must use ear plugs with them. Apperently, the sound waves vibrate through the shell of the ear muffs to such a degree that not using ear plugs with them don't give you a significant enough amount of protection.. wheras the ear plugs break up the sound waves at the very opening of your ear canal.
I bought a pair of Howard Leight "Leightnings" at my range. 30 bucks, 31 decibel attenuation, and comfy to boot. I didn't even realize how good they are until I went without them and used the range rentals. Horrid.
I use earmuffs. They are cheap ones my father had laying around. I plan to purchase high-end non-electronic ones. I heard the plugs don't prevent hearing loss. I've been told some police departments don't allow plugs for this reason.
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