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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-07-2007, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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For anyone looking for hearing protection

Recently ear plugs started to cause trouble in one ear, so I did a search on the WWW for ear muffs. Cabelas has Peltor Ultimate 10 for $21.99. They are adjustable and have an NRR rating of 30. If you don't have a Cabelas store near you, heres the URL: http://www.cabelas.com

The reviews, mostly by shooters, gave them 4 1/2 to 5 stars. I've used them running a radial arm saw and shop vac and with a planer. They are comfortable and do the job.

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James, we are big on safety and hearing protection is important. Ear plugs of foam or silicone work well, but they can be uncomfortable. I have an old pair of "Sounds of Silence" headphones that I use when not in the mood to stuff my ears. Perhaps one of the nicer versions of hearing protection is the plastic band with short silicone inserts on the ends. You will see Rick using them in later episodes of The Router Workshop. Whatever is most comfortable for you is the way to go.
Thanks for the review of the Peltor ear muffs. I am sure other members will chime in and tell us their prefered method of hearing protection. This helps remind everyone to work safe.

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James,

It is nearly impossibe to match or beat the performance of the foam plugs (EAR or Howard Leight) with muff type protectors. The plugs are offered in many sizes and shapes to fit a wide range of people. If you feel jaw/cheek pain or pressure after 30 minutes, or so, you'll know that you need a smaller size. Prices are reasonable, ~$20/box of 100 corded or 200 non-corded pairs.

BTW - After several decades of motorcycle riding/touring, these little gems are the main reason that I still can hear.

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I'll speak up for the foamies as well. I have some hearing loss from A.) being lead singer in a band in the 60s and 70s and B.) working in a wire mill in the 80s. During the band years I didn't use hearing protection. Should have. During the wire mill years we used teh foamies, but I was a millwright and removing and replacing them a lot with dirty hands was an issue. So I also had ear muffs on my hard hat. I went to a slightly smaller foamie (MUCH more comfy.... Thrifty Tool Guy is spot on regarding sizes) and when I needed a bit more protection I would put the muffs on WITH the foamies.
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Just my 2 cents from a cheap SOB

headphones,ear plugs,foam plugs all work well but a box of cotton works great and it's clean,,,and cheap, most ears are not the same and the cotton works well all the time,,

I ran my own machine shop and we would cut up 1/4" to 6" dia.steel rod up for 8 hours at a time with a metal type chop saw and others in the shop would do it as well and we all used the headphones,ear plugs but in time they would just get plane dirty not to say anything about the ear wax on the plugs and inside of the headphones,so one day I switch over to cottom plugs and have been using it for a long time now..I still have a set of headphones and use them now and then...with the cotton plus when your done with the job your ears are clean LOL and you don't need to say WHAT DID YOU SAY,,,all the time....

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After working for many years around high pressure steam systems, I got tinnitus from the high pitch noise. I now wear plugs or muffs all the time. A clap of the hands can set my ears to ringing. If you don't wear ear protection, start now.

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I use a set of over ear protectors, I find the sound of the TS and shop vac, just plain hurts me now!
I bought a snow blower this year (first one ever) it's a 5Hp two stroke! I think the neighbours need ear protectors as well now
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Bob,

Wadded cotton is a very poor ear plug, it has minimal elasticity and is unlikely to seal the ear canal and, thus, cannot provide significant hearing protection. Sealing the ear, or the ear canal, is the goal of non-electronic hearing protection.

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Vapo,

I wish my Harley riding neighbor was as considerate. He's a nice guy, but.......

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Hi TTG

It's better than putting my hands over my ears, and I always have some clean cotton in my pocket ,,, it works for me the normal ear plugs are a pain to use they just don't feel right in my ears,,, the ear muff type work well but are not best for me ,, I wear glasses all the time and they put pressure on the bows and give me a real pain after about a hour or so.

I must have tried 20 pair or so over the years but all do the same,,same with ear plugs so now I use cotton....it knocks the DB down but I can still hear the machine run..and that's needed when using the router..it has a voice and it tells me what I need to do ...push less or more...


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Wadded cotton is a very poor ear plug, it has minimal elasticity and is unlikely to seal the ear canal and, thus, cannot provide significant hearing protection. Sealing the ear, or the ear canal, is the goal of non-electronic hearing protection.

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