ISO Hearing Protection

Bill Satko

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I am looking for some hearing protection and trying to determine what will work for my needs, is proving difficult. I am looking for something that will block out sudden impact noise, such as hammering out mortises and dovetails while still allowing me to enjoy music. I am looking for something really light weight and comfortable. I looked at noise cancelling earmuffs thinking I could still listen to background music, but am not sure that would actually work. Not sure if the noise cancelling would also cancel out the music. Besides most of them don't do sudden impacts well. The ones made for shooting do, like Walker's. I could go with ones with bluetooth but the shooter muffs don't have them. It is looking like regular earmuffs with bluetooth is the way to go. Now to just find something really lightweight and which have good reviews. Any ideas?
 

Tom Niemi

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I use Howard Leigh’s shooters electronic earmuffs for shooting and in the shop, they work pretty well, amplifies low level sounds for music, not great sound quality that way, but you can hook them up to iPods and such through a cable, I have a new spare pair if interested 🙂

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Mark Patrick

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I use the isotunes bluetooth earbuds for working in the shop and shooting. They ar great and comfortable. I own the howard leight headset as well and they are great but also interfere with a good cheek weld when shooting. I just hate how hot they are .

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Bill Satko

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I use Howard Leigh’s shooters electronic earmuffs for shooting and in the shop, they work pretty well, amplifies low level sounds for music, not great sound quality that way, but you can hook them up to iPods and such through a cable, I have a new spare pair if interested 🙂
I appreciate the offer Tom, but am now leaning to the Isotunes Bluetooth Sport. Hopefully they will work out for me.
 

Bill Satko

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I use the isotunes bluetooth earbuds for working in the shop and shooting. They ar great and comfortable. I own the howard leight headset as well and they are great but also interfere with a good cheek weld when shooting. I just hate how hot they are .

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Thanks Mark, the Sport Advance looks like it might fit what I need. As always, the reviews have some negatives, but the nice thing about Amazon is that take most everything back if it does not work out. I remember how hot ear muffs can get. What is also pushing towards them is that they have Bluetooth. Have you had any Bluetooth connection problems?
 

Vaughn McMillan

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I use the isotunes bluetooth earbuds for working in the shop and shooting. They ar great and comfortable. I own the howard leight headset as well and they are great but also interfere with a good cheek weld when shooting. I just hate how hot they are...
Mark, do you know of any earbuds that can amplify normal conversation but filter out loud sounds? I'm a firearms instructor and use the Howard Leight Impact headset. I agree with you about the cheek weld and sweatiness, but I need something that allows me to also hear conversational speech easily outdoors.I haven't researched earbuds very much for that reason. It sounds like you've looked into them more than I have, so any suggestions you (or anyone reading this) might have are welcome.
 

Mark Patrick

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Thanks Mark, the Sport Advance looks like it might fit what I need. As always, the reviews have some negatives, but the nice thing about Amazon is that take most everything back if it does not work out. I remember how hot ear muffs can get. What is also pushing towards them is that they have Bluetooth. Have you had any Bluetooth connection problems?
None and i have a bad habit of leaving my phone in the house and walking outside. I had mowed half of the yard about .75 of an acre before i even noticed that i didn't ha e my phone. Podcast never cut out till i went around the other side of the house

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Mark Patrick

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Mark, do you know of any earbuds that can amplify normal conversation but filter out loud sounds? I'm a firearms instructor and use the Howard Leight Impact headset. I agree with you about the cheek weld and sweatiness, but I need something that allows me to also hear conversational speech easily outdoors.I haven't researched earbuds very much for that reason. It sounds like you've looked into them more than I have, so any suggestions you (or anyone reading this) might have are welcome.
I shoot clays and birds a bunch so i wanted something that could do the same. It doesn't amplify but it cuts out over 80db i think. I liked the HL for that purpose but found every time i went to shoot clays i knocked them out of place. For pistol they are great

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Vaughn McMillan

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I shoot clays and birds a bunch so i wanted something that could do the same. It doesn't amplify but it cuts out over 80db i think. I liked the HL for that purpose but found every time i went to shoot clays i knocked them out of place. For pistol they are great
Thanks, Mark. Since 99% of my trigger time is with a handgun (and most of the rest is with AR-style stocks), I guess I'll stick with the Howard Leights. :thumb: Now if I could only get more of my students and the members of my shooting club to wear them, perhaps they could hear my range commands better, lol.
 

Mark Patrick

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Thanks, Mark. Since 99% of my trigger time is with a handgun (and most of the rest is with AR-style stocks), I guess I'll stick with the Howard Leights. :thumb: Now if I could only get more of my students and the members of my shooting club to wear them, perhaps they could hear my range commands better, lol.
I really like them for pistol especially for the public range here as you cn hear the rangemaster perfect. I shoot a lot and have moved over to PCP rifles which are moderated and requires zero protection. All you hear is the hammer drop

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