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Tools of the Trade => Gear & Equipment => Topic started by: Madgomer on September 16, 2019, 02:34:14 PM

Title: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on September 16, 2019, 02:34:14 PM
I typically wear a set of plain old muffs when running the tractor/chain saw or muffs and/or foam plugs when target shooting.  Thinking about buying a set of noise cancelling ear plugs for both shooting and working around noisy stuff.  Would like a set that is rechargeable and offers some level of amplification.

Any of you guys/gals use these, and if so do you have any recommendations for or against certain models?  Walker's Silencer is probably the most cost effective one I've seen, but Otto and Peltor have higher performance ratings (with twice the price tag).  Looking for some real life honest feedback from anyone who has used any of them.
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on September 16, 2019, 08:25:31 PM
sorry, I haven't bought a set yet. walker is probably what I would look at if I did it. my ears are still good, so I will probably hold off until it gets challenging
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on September 16, 2019, 11:32:32 PM
Mad - what I do is to wear two sets of ear plugs. The first set is the plain foam rubber that has a ear protection of at least 24 dB, i found some that have 27 dB. The second set is the muff style and put those over the foam and honestly I don't hear a thing, I often forget I have them on when I head down range and have to come back and pull the off and out just to hear what others are talking about.....

I do own a couple of pair of noise cancellation but they worked then they did not, changing batteries, I found that this did not make sense with me, since I do leave them in a tote during the shooting season (that is anytime around March 1st. But I think that the weather has a lot to do with them lasting and not the performance. I have heard many good things and read good reviews of them over the last few years....Which ones are you thinking about? What brand? I think my electronic ear muffs are the 3M and the Peltor and the Caldwell all use AA batteries.....Wonder has anybody tried the Walker Game Ears? 

I like the way I have my hearing protection set up now, while arrive at the range, will put the foam ear plugs in before arriving and will leave them in!! while the shooting is going on, I will sit in the truck until the range calls a "clean" then will pull the muff style ear protection and put them on over the foam ear plugs before the shooting starts again....

My wife accuses me of selective hearing...LOL...I can use the range as an excuse...LOL.... 
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on September 17, 2019, 07:03:43 AM
Was looking at the Walker Silencer and Peltor TEP-100 models.  Both are rechargeable.
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on September 17, 2019, 08:13:11 AM
I have a set of Walker's that work very well, they are 15-20 years old and still work great. I mainly use them for my son of daughter while we are hunting. They are protected from the shot but can hear me whispering instructions I just wish they were water proof. At the range I wear ear plugs and muffs.
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on September 17, 2019, 01:33:53 PM
I don't use earplugs anymore, since I now have to wear hearing aids. At the range, I use Howard Sleight impact sports electronic muffs. They amplify normal sounds, si you can easily hear someone speaking 20 ft away., yet attenuate the sound of a shot. Uses aaa batteries, and automatically shut off after 4 hrs. I wore one set last spring while turkey hunting and they worked great. I got both my sets on Amazon.
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on September 17, 2019, 05:23:46 PM
Thanks guys, appreciate the input.  I'll have to look into the Howard Sleight products Louie, haven't heard of those before.
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on September 17, 2019, 05:57:27 PM
This is what I use when deer hunting

https://www.cabelas.com/product/IMPACT-SPORT-ELECTRONIC-EARMUFF/2225038.uts?slotId=14

Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on September 19, 2019, 06:34:27 AM
Flint - Thanks - I will try them as well.....
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on September 19, 2019, 12:10:23 PM
Roger, I misspelled the name Howard Leighs, by Honeywell electronics. They are available on Amazon in various colors. Prices depend on the color, and prices do jump around. I didn't pay as much as much as what they are asking right now.
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on September 19, 2019, 10:29:51 PM
No problem Louie, I found them pretty quickly when I did a search the other day, even with the misspelling (Google is used to me doing that I think.)  Didn't look like they offer any plugs at the moment, just muffs.  Thinking at the moment that I'd like to try plugs.
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on September 21, 2019, 06:03:36 AM
Was at the range this week (Thursday 9-19-19) and was using one set foam and over them wore the muff style....since this original post, have been looking at a better pair of electronic ear muffs than what I have now, and the batteries don't last very long and the muff have broken down and they don't work any more....but the do muff the sound....
Along with the foam muff and the old broken down muffs they system works for me....

Thanks for all the references.....I will be buying some new Electronic Ear Muffs next year.....
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on September 21, 2019, 08:34:55 AM
Enjoy them.

I like the way the muffs surround your ears, further protection from loud echos etc.

I had those fancier behind the ear enhancement deals. More likely to fall off your ear when adjusting hat, sunglasses or bringing up your strapped bino. Not so  good when they fall off while up in your tree stand.

Muffs can be set over your hat, mask and if you put on the bino after the muffs are on I had no issues.
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on October 02, 2019, 10:09:35 PM
Guys - This is what I use for my hearing protection....as I said I use 2 sets of hearing protection - the first is ear plugs....and the second is the ear muffs.....as the picture shows I need to start looking for some more of the ear muffs style....electronic or manual.....
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on October 03, 2019, 06:33:58 AM
sorry, I haven't bought a set yet. walker is probably what I would look at if I did it. my ears are still good, so I will probably hold off until it gets challenging
yari - don't wait until it's challenging for you, by that time it's to late, the damage has been done. Trust me on this one, after 28 years in the military, with a lot of the time spent on firing ranges,  rifle, pistol, machine gun, mortar, tank, Bradley and hand grenades and demolitions ranges it takes a toll on the ears. We never used muffs, but always the ear plugs that we though were pretty effective. (NOT) We were the originators of the saying "Can You Hear Me Now"  @--0--0123
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on October 03, 2019, 09:51:37 AM
sorry, I haven't bought a set yet. walker is probably what I would look at if I did it. my ears are still good, so I will probably hold off until it gets challenging
yari - don't wait until it's challenging for you, by that time it's to late, the damage has been done. Trust me on this one, after 28 years in the military, with a lot of the time spent on firing ranges,  rifle, pistol, machine gun, mortar, tank, Bradley and hand grenades and demolitions ranges it takes a toll on the ears. We never used muffs, but always the ear plugs that we though were pretty effective. (NOT) We were the originators of the saying "Can You Hear Me Now"  @--0--0123

i always where muffs. i was talking about getting the amplifiers. i take very good care of my hearing. my dad's hearing is terrible and i learned from that
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on October 03, 2019, 06:05:33 PM
True! There are no procedures to repair the damage to hearing. When it is gone it is gone. My uncle came back from WW2 and lost all his hearing from all the battles. My other uncle, his younger brother, served in Korea and lost a good portion of his hearing, not all but enough to make it difficult for him. Mine is nit that great from all the years in the FD. I just don't have $$ for hearing aides. I may have to get them a few years from now. Currently it does come in handy when the wife starts announcing “Honey Do’s” --099-780
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on October 03, 2019, 06:24:30 PM
I just ordered a set of Walker Silencer rechargeable earplugs (not bluetooth) - will let you guys know what I think soon.
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs? A little review
Post by: [Blocked] on October 08, 2019, 09:47:13 PM
Got my new Walker electronic earplugs over the weekend and have been giving them a workout the last couple of days.  So far so good.  I wanted to get away from earmuffs for both working and shooting and wanted to have something that allowed me to hear low level sounds without removing my ear protection.  I looked into the Peltor and Honeywell products but due to the price I went with the Silencer R600 (rechargeable, no bluetooth).  I've been using them in a variety of situations this week with good results.  Shooting clays they worked great - dampened the gunshots appropriately but still allowed me to hear what was going on between shots.  Running the tractor and chainsaw, again they reduced the noise level just like you'd get with a good set of foam plugs but I could still have conversations without removing them.  When I'm working alone I can just use them like normal plugs and shut them off to save the batteries for when I need them (battery life is supposed to be 14 hours I believe).  They're comfortable.  My hearing is still decent, so I keep the volume setting at the lowest level and still can pick up relatively quiet sounds, perhaps even better than without the plugs in.  Some people complained in their reviews about static or a hiss - - I hear that as I turn up the volume, and also get a fair amount of wind noise at higher settings.  Again for me the lower volume levels meet my needs without any of the hiss.  The multiple sets of plugs & fins were appreciated, I ended up using the small plugs & medium fins but could use the medium plugs as well if needed.  The placement of the devices in the charging case is a bit finicky, you need to make sure they're set in there correctly to get them to charge.  Happy with the purchase, can't imagine that the higher priced alternatives would meet my needs any better than these.  The bluetooth version adds another $50 or so - I just didn't feel I would use it so stayed with the R600.  I have a set of bluetooth noise cancelling headphones that I do like to use when I'm traveling by plane but that's about the only time I end up hooking up to my phone for music.  I intend to wear the R600s when I'm out gun hunting but don't have any interest in listening to music, news, or taking calls while I'm in the woods so no need to spend the money on bluetooth in this case.  Overall, would recommend them if you have a similar need.

If I'm shooting something big (like my buddy's .50 BMG) I'll still probably wear muffs over plugs but the 26 dB reduction these are rated at is sufficient for the stuff I've done thus far.
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on October 09, 2019, 10:47:27 AM
i can't believe they haven't fixed the 'hiss' yet. my 15 year old set does the same thing. i can't use them in wind. way to noisy
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on October 10, 2019, 08:15:22 AM
Thanks for the review Mad I am going to check these out I have been looking for something to use while turkey hunting cause them 3 in nitros are loud!!
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on October 10, 2019, 09:05:19 AM
I have an older pair. I stopped using them because there was too much noise where we hunted.  We were next to a 2 lane Hwy.  All I could hear were the wind, cars, trucks, loggers cutting trees and yes even helicopters. So I quit using them.     Hope those work for you!
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on October 10, 2019, 09:10:21 PM
Went on my first sporting clays outing today and wore them - really worked well.  100 shots for me (not gonna say how I scored, it was not a pretty thing) and another 500 shots for the others with me over the span of a couple hours, was able to hear conversations as well as hear the launcher clearly but the blasts were all muffled very nicely.  If they hold up this would appear to be a good investment.
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on October 10, 2019, 09:37:39 PM
any regrets not getting the muffs instead? it might help w/ the wind noise?
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on October 11, 2019, 03:36:18 PM
Nah, I really wanted to get away from the bulk of the muffs, and still have them if I want to double up
Title: Re: Electronic Ear Plugs?
Post by: [Blocked] on November 30, 2019, 08:39:08 AM
I finally bought the walker razor ear muffs. I will use them most during gun season. I got rushed putting on my ear protection and keeping track of deer in SD, so this will eliminate one step. they were $30 on sale(1/2 price)

my buddy w/ the new cooper and muzzle break forgot to put his ear protection on. his ear were ringing for hours. he didn't know how loud the muzzle break was. now he knows. ouch