Good ear protection is useful for many people but is absolutely vital to people who work or play in noisy environments such as factories, shooting ranges, concerts and construction sites. Proper hearing protection will ensure that a person’s hearing isn’t damaged by loud noises. To get these benefits, all that has to be done is to determine which products provide the best ear protection available. While finding the best ear protection isn’t always as easy as it should be, it doesn’t have to be difficult either. All that has to be done is to find protective devices which protect against noises in a particular decibel range. Below are some of the models I’d recommend for protection against sound.
10. Otis Technology Ear Shield
The Otis Ear Shield is a hearing protector that’s designed to protect the hearing of those on the shooting range. It’s has a slim design that won’t get in the way of the gun’s stock and allows for a proper cheek weld and is cooler than many ear muffs style products. This product is designed to protect the wearer’s ears against high-decibel noise, without interfering with the wearer’s ability to hear human speech, which allows communication to be possible. This makes it an ideal product for sports shooters or hunters who want to keep in contact with their friends while still protecting their hearing.
9. Vanderfields NR35X2 Shooting Earmuffs
Designed up to strict quality standards, these shooting headphones are designed to protect the wearer’s hearing from loud noises. It has an official 26db NRR and is not only lightweight but also very comfortable as well. It’s made using high-quality parts and will hold up quite well to daily use. This model comes with an adjustable headband and has a nice, snug fit. This makes it an ideal product for not only wearing on the shooting range but also for use while operating noisy machines or during loud activities. They’re headphones that are even used by some of the world’s elite military units.
8. Black Noise Premium Plugs
Considered by some to be the most reliable protective earplugs currently available, Black Noise Premium plugs are designed to protect the wearer’s ears from extreme noises. It has a 33-decibel NRR rating and is made from a polyurethane material that’s not only comfortable but also eco-friendly as well. They have a soft feel to them and have a universally snug fit. They are ideal for noisy locations including concerts, machine shops, carpenter workshops, garages and firework demonstrations. And since they have a discrete appearance, users can wear them without worrying about if they’re distracting to other people.
7. Luiswell Reusable Ear Plugs (12-Pairs)
This 12-pack of Luiswell corded earplugs are designed to protect the wearing’s hearing while they’re in noisy environments. They are made from noise-canceling silicone and are hypoallergenic and non-toxic, so they won’t hurt or irritate the wearer’s ears while they’re wearing them. They are also sweat resistant which prevents moisture from building up in the ear canal. And since they are made from durable silicone, they can be used over and over again as needed. This makes them ideal for use by hunters, shooting enthusiasts, musicians, construction workers and concert workers.
6. Walker’s Game Ear Electronic Protection
Engineering to have a low profile but still provide the hearing protection that wearer’s need, these hearing protection muffs have a number of features built into them which make them extremely useful for suppressing sound. It has a noise reduction rating of 23db and has sound-activated protection at over 89-decibels with a very minimal reaction time. It is also equipped with two Omni-directional speakers, ultra-thin ear cups, and a single knob volume control. This product only requires two AAA batteries to operate and can be used in a variety of noisy environments from machine shops to factory floors.
5. Howard Leight By Honeywell Impact Sport
Designed with built-in directional microphones that can amplify ambient sounds until it reaches 82 dB, at which point it will shut-down amplification and with a noise reduction rating of 22 dB, these headphones are designed to give the wearer options as to how sound is directed to them. They operate using only two AAA batteries and have an automatic shut-off feature that allows it to extend its battery life to approximately 350-hours of battery life. These headphones are ideal for a variety of different circumstances and come in a number of different colors from black to classic green.
4. Pro For Sho Protective Headphones
These headphones conform to ANSI S3.19 and CE EN 352-1 standards and are manufactured to protect the wearer’s ears against very loud noises with an NRR rating of 34 dB. They have a well-built and compact design that offers some of the best protection for hearing currently available and are lightweight and comfortable to wear. They can be easily stored away or thrown into luggage for travel and are durable enough for daily use. Which makes them ideal to be used by just about anyone who wants to protect their hearing including sports shooters, machine operators, and factory workers.
3. 3M Peltor X1A OTE Earmuffs
The 3M Peltor X-series over-the-ear headphone is a low-profile earmuff that gives the wearer protection against loud noises and lower-level industrial noises. It has an NRR (noise reduction rating) of 22 dB and has ear-cups that can tilt to provide a more customized fit for the wearer. These headphones also have a twin headband design that allows them to fit well and be well balanced, all while reducing the buildup of heat. Overall, this product is the ideal headphones for anyone who wants to protect their hearing from incidental low-level sounds.
2. Hearos Xtreme Foam Ear Plugs (100-Pairs)
These Hearos Xtreme protective ear plugs are made from a polyurethane foam that’s comfortable, cool and provide a noise reduction rating of 33-decibels. They come 100-pairs to a pack and are not only easy-to-use but are also quick and easy to insert into the ears. They are hypoallergenic, disposable and have a tapered shape with a flat back. These ear plugs are an ideal solution for anyone who needs to protect their hearing or to reduce sound levels when they are sleeping, traveling, reading or meditating. They are also ideal for use at gun ranges, concerts, and other loud events.
1. Mpow Protective Headphones
These headphones are designed with two layers of noise dampening foam, a double outer shell and a high-sealing cup which gives them an NRR rating of 28 dB. They are ANSI S3.19 and CE EN521 certified and are lightweight and easy-to-wear. These headphones have a retractable headband and can be adjusted to fit a variety of head sizes. Their ear cups collapse in the headband, which allows them to be taken just about anywhere. They are an ideal hearing protection solution for anyone who goes to a shooting range, concert or other noisy venues.
Ear Protection Guide
Whether you are mowing the lawn, at the range, or need something to protect your ears at work, a quality ear protection is vital for the longevity of your hearing. There is no reason why anyone should take a risk when it comes to loud volumes which is why you need to find a product that is effective, durable, and won’t let you down.
This is easier said than done and although there are lots of products to choose from, it can be hard to tell them apart. To make sure your health is protected, we have compiled the following ear protection guide.
What To Consider When Looking For Ear Protection
Not everyone likes wearing earplugs and they can feel as though they are about to fall out at any minute. The benefit of wearing ear muff protection is that they are generally cushioned well and the foam padding is protected by a moisture-wicking material to keep you comfortable in different conditions.
Some products go the extra mile on this and the strength of the headband will also influence how well they fit and feel. If you can adjust the size of the headband then you will be able to ensure the earmuff covers your ears at all times.
Passive or Electronic
These are the main types of ear protection and electronic ear protection can offer you additional features such as the ability to block sound and filter it in a way that makes it comfortable to hear. This is a valuable feature as it means you can still hear ambient noise, particularly useful in terms of safety.
The passive type will do the basics in terms of ear protection without giving you the extras or the latest technology.
One of the bonuses of electronic ear protection is that they are often Bluetooth compatible so you can use them to listen to music when not canceling noise.
The sky is the limit in terms of how much you can spend on ear protection. For anyone who likes to hunt or hit the range regularly, ear muff protection can make a great addition to your hearing protection and will be fine to use time and again.
You can also find some reasonably priced ear muff protection that feels more comfortable for those on a tighter budget but if you want something cheap, earplugs can be very cost-effective.
This is where ear muffs excel. Because they are built to last you should expect them to last for years and a lot of products come with a warranty to protect your purchase. The disposable ear plugs aren’t as durable and are supposed to be thrown away after every use. This is fine as they often come in large pack sizes.
Ear Protection and NPR
This is the Noise Protection Rating or a product and the higher it scores the better. It means you are protected against a certain amount of decibels. Depending on what you are using ear protection for, the importance of this number will vary. The highest rating you can get from earplugs is 33 NPR whilst specialist ear muffs can give you 31 NPR. Combining the two can give you even greater protection.
We should note that not all disposable earplugs provide as much NPR protection and the quality of the individual product will determine how much protection it can provide.
Earplugs vs Earmuffs
For some people, a simple pair of ear plugs do the job and offer a cost effective alternative when you need to protect your hearing. The problem for some people is they can easily be lost, and are often only good for a certain amount of uses.
The benefit of earmuffs is that with some products, you can still hear ambient noise and they are great for continual use. Obviously, they are better in colder conditions as you get the benefit of the warmth around your ears.
When To Wear Ear Protection
It is recommended that you wear ear protection in any workplace where the decibel levels exceed 85. This is the safe level of noise as excessive exposure to noises above this level can seriously damage your hearing. When you consider that a conversation is generally spoken around the 60 db mark, a passing car will generate around 70 dbs, and a rock concert will reach 110 dbs, it is easy to see how so many people need them day in day out.