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David: I'm not sure what T.M.B.D. stands for. I was told that in a room full of bald guys it meant Too Many Bald Domes. Can you clarify ?
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Doug: Based on your comments I researched the WORKtunes and Decided to buy a pair, 60$ at Loews. They were cheaper at Walmart but I couldn’t justify the trip.

I used them today and found them to be comfortable and the noise abatement reasonable against a background of DC, a 735 and a Jet ceiling air filter. Not a combination I would care to be around without muffs. My previous set was a rather uncomfortable, plastic muff that I bought 10 or more years ago. No comparison, the new ones were far superior. The Bluetooth feature is a positive but not a necessity.

Appreciate the recommendation.
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I'll keep my Work Tunes with Blue Tooth. Actually, Ken took them over for the summer months; They're about to become mine again (soon as he goes on unenjoyment for the Winter.)

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Wearing hearing aids, I learned that you need to clip out the hairs in your ears. Easiest way is with a nose hair clipper. Little rotary blade inside, grid outside so you can't cut yourself. Some guys have more ear hair than on their scalp. Trimming the hairs out helps the buds stay in.
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Wearing hearing aids, I learned that you need to clip out the hairs in your ears. Easiest way is with a nose hair clipper. Little rotary blade inside, grid outside so you can't cut yourself. Some guys have more ear hair than on their scalp. Trimming the hairs out helps the buds stay in.
Tweezers and a mirror or an understanding wife. Wife keeps saying she is going to get the weed trimmer.
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I don't listen to music much anymore, mostly news radio, and Christian radio. I have never found any of these to be distracting while operating tools, not even slightly. Typically I don't wear ear protection unless it's something really bad like cutting metal roofing with a circular saw, etc.
But I am trying to be better and have been considering some of these Bluetooth head sets, I also spend a lot of time on the tractor.
The main thing I have seen is needing it to be good enough protection that you don't have to turn the radio up to the point of defeating the purpose of the ear protection.

I know of to many with dementia, I wouldn't call it a pour subject, but a rather sad one and dreaded circumstance.
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I have used the throw away foam ear plugs for years (Spark Plugs to be exact). I have found they block out the most noise of any of the other methods. If I roll/squish them and pull slightly down on my ear lobe when inserting, they go in easily and block out almost all the loud shop noise in the shop, but I don't hear other noises like someone walking into the shop and talking to me. Therefore, I usually only wear them when I have the machines on.

Listening to music is great but doesn't work for me in the shop. I feel I nened to concentrate when I'm using saws and routers and jointers/planers. However, the ISO Tunes may work well for mowing outside on a lawn and garden tractor, making mowing more enjoyable.

I noticed that the ISO buds discussed here don't seem to block quite as much noise as the foam plugs I use so I don't know if they are effective enough.
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Speaking iso buds for riding the lawn tractor sounds good. I’ve got the cutting time down to 5 hours, maybe it will seem shorter.
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I have seen the ISOTUNES advertised in various places, and several online woodworkers say they are a good thing. They are outside my budget right now but they are on my Amazon wish list

I currently use a cheaper Bluetooth headset, but equipped with foam ear tips made by Comply (https://www.complyfoam.com/). They make their foam noise reduction tips for most in-ear headphones and Bluetooth headsets. Some years ago I had used a set of ear buds with Comply tips that I got for air travel.

I don't use the Bluetooth things for music - I use them for my phone. The phone stays in the office area of my shop. I can't hear it there but I do need to answer if my wife (or any other important person) calls. So it is mostly silent, but (with the Comply tips) also provides some ear protection.

And they are MUCH more comfortable than what I had to use decades ago when working on jet aircraft.
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You may find these odd but I use them when hunting, some power tools or cutting grass for three reasons.
1. They have a 23 NRR for loud noises, above 85 DB, like a saw, mower or a gunshot.
2. They amplify quieter sounds, like a deer walking or my wife asking a question (they are like hearing aids).
3. They have a standard 3.5 mm phone jack and a cord and I can plug in my phone or listen to the radio on my old Walkman.

They have an on/off/volume control for 2 and 3 above.

Caldwell E-Max Low Profile Electronic 20-23 NRR Hearing Protection with Sound Amplification and Adjustable Earmuffs for Shooting, Hunting and Range
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