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I have seen a number of adverts for these ear buds relative to hearing protection while allowing for Bluetooth audio reception. On the surface an interesting concept. As hearing protection is a major concern for me as well as a prominent point of discussion on this forum I would appreciate any comments relative to these “buds” and/or alternatives.

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Ear buds for hearing protection, definitely...but, IMO, working with wirly things (routers,saws) is a bit dangerous if music was playing right into my ears.

I would suggest a good pair of ear protection buds but not with music...just my take, Jon...

When I need ear protection I use shooting ear muffs...reduces the noise but let's me hear blade/cutter progress. Yes, they are a bit clumsy...I just let them hang around my neck when they're not on.

The beauty of the ear buds is muffling the sharp noises before hitting the ear drum...I used to use cotton balls but found them hard to find when I wanted to remove them. They weren't as effective as dedicated ear buds. I've tried the ear bud types but they don't seem to want to stay in my ear as they are meant to.
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Thanks Nick. I agree hazards of music when working. In the shop I use ear muffs as well. I was looking at the buds as a source of protection that could also be used outside the shop to enjoy a few sounds, on a commercial flight for example.

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Ear buds for hearing protection, definitely...but, IMO, working with wirly things (routers,saws) is a bit dangerous if music was playing right into my ears.

I would suggest a good pair of ear protection buds but not with music...just my take, Jon...
Yep, I do not want any music distracting me while working with machinery. I have a radio, not turned up fantastically loud, but can easily hear my classical music when the machines are off. Use muffs when operating machines, and cannot hear the music at all then. Which is exactly the way I want it.
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Maybe it's just me but, I can't seem to find buds that are comfortable. I visit sawmills on a daily basis and some equipment is quite loud. I've tried several different styles and makes of buds and they always seem to get loose or even fall out. I see many shop/plant workers have the ear muff style protection attached to their helmets. I asked my boss for some and he said to buy them and put the bill on my expense account. Any comments on these types of protection, obviously if I find them comfortable I could also use them in my shop, but then again, I don't feel like wearing a hard hat in my home shop. Some people spend $$$ on frequency control head sets ? are they worth the expense ?

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The other day I was going to rip a piece of 1 1/4 maple to use as a jewelry box lid. It was too high to fit my band saw so I raised the blade on my table saw, set the guard for center of the board inserted my ear plugs and my goggles. I ran the piece though the saw on all 4 sides to cut as much as I could. Then removed it and placed it in my vice. I then hand sawed it through the middle until I had two pieces. I then turned around and noticed my table saw was still running with the blade all the way up.
I could not hear it with the ear plugs in. Scared me a little bit.
I may just use my shooting ear muffs as some one else said .

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A while back I was out in the shop and could not find my regular ear plugs so I opened a package of those throw away orange ones. They just did not want to fit properly in my ears. Since they are some what pliable , I did manage to get them in a bit.
But when I turned the saw on it was very loud. As if the ear plugs did nothing to block the sound.
About that time, I realized that I already had my hearing aides in my ears and was attempting to stuff these plugs in with them.
Plus my regular ear plus were hanging around my neck where the usually are.
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I use worktunes over the ear Bluetooth muffs. I did a review on them a while back.

While I enjoy listening to the talk radio shows on them, I really rely on them to help me hear when the phone rings. They have great call clarity when used as a phone headset.

They are volume limited for music, so you can't blow your ear drums out with them.


My opinion on music in the shop is like everything, it can be good or bad. Music helps me focus, but it's got to be the right kind and volume. There is a reason surgeons play music in the operating rooms.

If the volume is under control, I can still hear the sounds of machines. If I was afraid of not being able to hear a machine I probably would worry about wearing anything that would get in the way.... AKA hearing protection in general.

We do put indicating lamps on the stationary machines at work so you can "see" if a grinder is left running if you can't hear it. That is something I have pondered doing with the table saw at home.
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Let's see- we want to block out noise but use earbuds to put noise into ears? I wear earplugs with a high EER when using any power tools. I usually leave them the whole time I'm in the shop so I don't forget to put them back in due to a senior moment.

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A while back I was out in the shop and could not find my regular ear plugs so I opened a package of those throw away orange ones. They just did not want to fit properly in my ears. Since they are some what pliable , I did manage to get them in a bit.


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