Authored By Mike Coviello (Tanner)
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Sent: November 09, 2011
Subject: Extra Large Ear Muffs (Hearing Protection) For Large Ears
All current GUN MUFFS have an MEDIOCRE opening of only 2 ½ inches
including BOSE. Has anyone invented one with a larger opening and
actually made Gun Muffs for men? I wear muffs often and It is painful
for me to stuff my 3 1/16" ears into a 2 1/2" opening.What a great
business oportunity it would be for AMAZON or anyone to offer, for the
first time, gun muffs for men! Ray
Response - Ray,
I never had that problem myself but I have heard the complaint before.At
the range that I attend, one of the rangemasters (a very big guy) has
problems finding comfortable hearing protection. He eventually switched
to ear plugs (though I don't think they provide as much hearing
I think I will stick with muffs.
Sent: August 26, 2011
Subject: Disturbing Noise
Crazy neighbor sounds horn at 6:00 A.M. about 110 DB. What to do?
Response - Joe,
The obvious thing of course would be to politely ask him not to do it.
If for some reason that is not an option, you could try a combination of
ear muffs/ear plugs with a white noise generating machine. Here is a
link for some of them.
Sent: Sunday, October 05, 2010
Subject: Hearing Protection
In general Gun Muffs are too small for a comfortable fit
to my ear size. I can only look with envy at a typical football game and see
the beautiful ear muff size worn by all coaches. They appear to be the
perfect size for some one like me who wears muffs often.
I cannot believe that I am the only man with ears that measure 3 1/16
Inches! It seems that all Earmuff Manufactures have conspired that the world
shall only have muffs with an opening of 2 1/2 inches. This includes even
upscale Mfg. like Bose. Who cares about men with larger ears? Let them stuff
the rest of their ears into the size we give them. So what if they are
Peltor appears promising but can they accommodate at least 3 1/16
Inch ears perhaps even with some added clearance?
Sent: Sunday, September 05, 2010 1:23 PM
Subject: Hearing Protection
I am an orthodontic lab tech, in a one-person Lab. I make retainers to keep
people's teeth straight, I mix plaster with a Whip Mix spatulator to make
study models of their teeth and I use a Dremel-like device (a Doriot hand
piece on an Emesco dental engine) to cut out thermo-formed plastic and to
clean up and polish the retainers and other appliances that I make.I have
been doing this for almost ten years. Earlier this year I was hit by a car
and received a head injury which effected my hearing. I can no longer use
ear plugs to protect my ears in the Lab,(to save what he4aring I have left),
and I finally bought some ear muffs made or endorsed by Field and Stream,
rated 30 Decibels, (before I was able to look into just how loud my
equipment really was). I haven't tried them at work yet(I just got them 2
days ago). With all that I'm seeing online, what good will these things be
if my machines are at least 65-70 decibels, and what else can I do? Are
there any other headphones/earmuffs out there? What do the police or people
on the rifle range use? Please help me find a solution. I love my job, but I
don't want to lose what's left of my hearing by this time next year! Thank
you very much for your time and everything. Sincerely,
Response - Carol,
AT THE SHOOTING RANGE
People at the shooting range use a variety of hearing protection including
ear plugs, regular ear muffs and electronic ear muffs. The most comfortable
form of hearing protection seems to be ear plugs but they generally offer
the least amount of hearing protection and GUNS ARE LOUD. I don't see too
many shooters wearing ear plugs. Electronic ear muffs let you hear certain
sounds like people talking and reduce the level of lower frequency noises
but they can be very expensive. Most shooters that I see use the good old
fashioned ear muffs. They are generally cheap, provide the most hearing
protection and if you chose the right pair very comfortable. Some shooters
who are particularly susceptible to loud noises use ear muffs and ear plugs
IN YOUR CASE
The Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) on your ear muffs is 30 Decibels (db). As I
understand it, the rating measures the muff's ability to block out noise or
sound. Your muffs, if worn properly 100% of the time and if they fit
perfectly (which is unlikely) would block out a MAXIMUM of 30 db of noise.
In reality they would most likely block out half of that or about 15 db of
noise. So when you wear your earmuffs instead of hearing the 65-70 decibels
of noise created by your tools you are actually hearing around 50 decibels,
which would be less than that of a normal conversation.
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO TO REDUCE SOUNDS
In addition the ear muffs there may be other ways to reduce noise at work
for you. You might want to look into the following methods of reducing or
REDUCE NOISE BY CHANGING YOUR WORK ENVIRONMENT
- Install carpeting and rugs. They do a good job of absorbing sound.
- Install wall hangings and curtains to reduce noise. They don't have to be
placed only over windows.
- Install sound-absorbing panels. Many are designed for office or industrial
use. See what's available at Amazon.com by searching for sound absorbing
- Use fabric-covered office partitions reduce noise.
- Hang acoustic panels on the walls.
- See if you can work in a larger room. Smaller confined rooms concentrate
- See if it is possible to reduce the noise of the tools by covering
portions of them with foam tape (making sure that the tape is acceptable to
use and won't cause them to catch fire or overheat)
Suggestion - Go to Amazon.com and do a search for the following. They may
give you some ideas.
Sound Absorbing Foam, Sound Absorbing Panels, Sound Absorbing Blanket
ENVIRONMENTAL NOISE CHART
Weakest sound heard 0dB
Whisper Quiet Library 30dB
Normal conversation (3-5') 60-70dB
Telephone dial tone 80dB
City Traffic (inside car) 85dB
Level at which sustained exposure may result in hearing loss 90 - 95dB
Hope that helps.
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2011
Subject: Ear Plugs Verses Ear Muffs
Would you recommend wearing ear muff protection OVER ear plug
protection? Especially, for an indoor shooting range?
Response - Miranda,
I have never had much luck with ear plugs. They tend to wiggle loose and
I find myself having to tuck them back in every once in a while. So I
would recommend wearing ear muffs over ear plugs. Plus ear muffs can be
very comfortable and they provide greater noise reduction.
Another reason ear muffs may be a better choice is that they offer more
physical protection for your ears and head. I was at the indoor range a
few days ago when a shooter got hit just above the eye with a ricochet.
It drew a little blood and wasn't that serious but it could have been if
it hit him just right. I did some research and found that getting hit by
ricochets was more common than I thought. It prompted me to upgrade my
eyewear to provide better ide-protection.
If I misread your question and you meant to ask if I recommend wearing
ear muffs on top of ear plugs (in addition to) I would say - Only if you
need to. It would depend on your needs and circumstances. Either form of
hearing protection by themselves (depending on what you buy) can give
you the protection you need. I don't know of any shooter at the range
that I go to that wears both. It may make it very difficult to
communicate with other shooters. I would suggest trying it both ways to
see what you like best.