Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Huntington Beach, California
Ear Muffs, a very sore subject with me.
I wear a set of Ear Muffs, Peltor 105. I don't know what the NRR is but it is up there. IIRC they were around $30 at HD. You really want the muff variety because it stops the bone conduction also.
I spent far too many hours in computer machine rooms over 40+ years or so. The computer fan noise is particularly destructive. My hearing is almost normal to about 1800 Hz and then drops off -65db at 2800 Hz. I can hear Darth Vader rather well but most women I have difficulty understanding. My BTE hearing aids are a chore to use with ear muffs but I struggle. The ITE models don't have the amplification nor the ability to tune as well to my hearing loss.
If you are considering hearing aids, check out Costco. Most of the models that they carry are about the best. Cost is less than $2K a pair.
I was taking a woodworking class at the community college. (Cerritos) The first day of class I asked for the floor and said, "Ear muffs are about $30. Hearing aids are about $2000." The response was little more than a yawn. A couple of weeks later Harbor Freight had a sale on ear muffs. Using a coupon I bought ten sets using the coupon. The total cost was less than $40. NRR was about 25 or 26. I put them in a box with a "Free" sign. The sign also said, if you take one you must wear the ear muff in the shop. The class room was used for 8 or 10 classes a week. It was over 3 weeks before all the ear muffs were taken. Not one student in my class took an ear muff.
My class was a mixture of old pharts like myself and young kids needing an elective. Most of the old guys had some sort of ear protection while the kids had none. Ah the invincibility of youth.
The ear muff are 3M, Optime, Peltor. Model 105 is rated at -29db or -30db and $30 today from AOSafety. If you search further you'll probably find them cheaper.
In furniture 1/32" is a Grand Canyon
Last edited by NoThankyou; 09-12-2018 at 01:08 AM.