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Old 06-10-2017, 03:54 PM   #1
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What do you use for earplugs? Is there one kind better than another?
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Old 06-10-2017, 03:58 PM   #2
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I like these because you can touch them without getting the plug part dirty.
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Backstay have one common item he posted and there is the other one do have short peice of soild tubing extended too so there is couple other verison you can see on market.,,

so look around some in supply house or big box store they will stock alot of that on hand.

even some big store like wally world or other do have them on hand.

I dont know what those cost run for but not super expensive so get in a box full they will last ya a while.
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military earplugs with the insertion post.
https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&ke...l_9dw7wr4wxo_b

Ear plugs come in three sizes.
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I use disposable for shooting and work. They are orange and hex shaped. Twist them tight and then insert them in your ears, they expand and hold tight. Throw them out and use a clean pair next time.
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The best ones I ever had were made for my ears. I new an audiologist who injected a foam into my ear, sent it off and Voila... One twist and it fit right into the canal. Everyone's ears are different so these worked great. They came attached to a string that lays around your neck.

There are many disposable types and some better than others but they are much harder to insert. These go in first try and fit perfectly
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I think the foam ones are the best. Look at the db rating when you buy, you probably want the best (highest suppression) available.

I like 3m earplugs best but any foam works.

If you read the instructions on the foam ones you're supposed to twist and compress them before you insert them, then the foam slowly expands to fill the ear canal and you get an excellent fit.

Keep Q tips with the ear plugs and use the Q tips before you put the plugs in.

The silicone ones with the stem are OK if you have to remove them frequently to talk but we usually just shout at each other. Believe it or not I got some Milwaukee brand ones and they are very good. I was surprised since I don't generally think of Milwaukee as a safety company but there it is.
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The best ones I ever had were made for my ears. I new an audiologist who injected a foam into my ear, sent it off and Voila... One twist and it fit right into the canal. Everyone's ears are different so these worked great. They came attached to a string that lays around your neck.

There are many disposable types and some better than others but they are much harder to insert. These go in first try and fit perfectly
How much would it run to get that done and how much for replacements?

I do the same as Hack, those disposable orange units... I buy bags of 100 and could care less if I loose the whole bag they are so cheap.
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How much would it run to get that done and how much for replacements?

I do the same as Hack, those disposable orange units... I buy bags of 100 and could care less if I loose the whole bag they are so cheap.
The price of the custom made earmolds plug style will varies a bit so they can run anywhere from 20 to 45 USD depending on how well you want the noise to be blocked out.

for replacements it will be little cheaper than the first time but really I advise ya expect a least a annual replacement if you going use it very often.

I do wear hearing aid mold to fit in my ear and I can go up to 2 years before I replace due it will shrink a little over the time.

Sometime the insurance can cover this cost too so check it out too.
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For the foam disposables, it's not necessary, but if you want an even better and tighter fit, wrap your opposite arm around the back of your head and pull up on your ear lobe. It will widen your ear canal and allow you to get the twisted plug in deeper.

Or, you can just do it the old fashioned way and stick empty 9mm brass in your ear holes.
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How much would it run to get that done and how much for replacements?

I do the same as Hack, those disposable orange units... I buy bags of 100 and could care less if I loose the whole bag they are so cheap.
It was a long time ago and I didn't have to pay the audiologist because she was a friend and I can't remember what the plugs costs. I am sure it won't be cheap but they were great until I lost them
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I started wearing the muffs about ten years ago when I started doing control work in compressor rooms for supermarkets. If I was going to be there all day, I would double up using plugs and muffs.

I just recently got some noise canceling muffs that allow low db noise to pass harmlessly through, but anything above 85 db is automatically blocked. A nice feature for talking and intermittent noise. Also has a jack to plug in phone so I can play tunes at a safe volume while working in a noisy environment. So far I'm really impressed. I'm hearing new layers in my music that I never knew where there.
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Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Sport Sound Amplification Electronic Earmuff, Green (R-01526) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001T7QJ9O..._1FgpzbJDG1TZC

In case anyone might be interested. Also got the zipper clamshell case to store them in, these fold up nice and compact in that case.
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Been using earmuffs when working on the generators or mowing the lawn. Price for those noise cancelling ones is pretty reasonable.
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If you want me to test earplugs for you, I'll put them in and visit my ex wife.
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I like these 3M 340-4007:



https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ear-Plugs...-4007/46659920
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I use disposable for shooting and work. They are orange and hex shaped. Twist them tight and then insert them in your ears, they expand and hold tight. Throw them out and use a clean pair next time.
I always thought the foam ones worked to good.
I don't like the feeling of them once expanded and most all noise is canceled.
You can still hear, but I always find myself taking them out to talk.
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Or, you can just do it the old fashioned way and stick empty 9mm brass in your ear holes.
Pft. You're no electrician. I use wire nuts. And they come in sizes for different size ears. Even color coded.

To op, Seriously though for the foam ear plugs there are hard foam ones (usually colored] and soft foam ones(usually beige). The firmer ones hurt your ear If you wear them for a full shift.



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Im a fan of the blue SAS foam disposables. They fit well and I can wear them all day and not have ear pain since my ear canals are on the smaller size. I get them by the 200 pack case from Amazon and just keep the box in the van so I always have them handy, even if I do forget to wear them faaar too often lol.
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I use a forestry helmet that has the ear muffs attached.
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