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Old 06-09-2008, 08:10 AM
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I have a quick question about hearing protection. Is it the higher the number the better protection or is it the lower the number the better protection.

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Old 06-09-2008, 09:09 AM
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Higher. The number represents the number of decibels attenuated (theoretically -- results vary in real life, but there's a standard test for comparison).
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:46 AM
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Yup. Just remember; Mo better!

I've always said it this way: Only you can place a value on your hearing. If it's only worth a quarter to you, buy twenty-five cent earplugs. If it's priceless, then spend an equivalent amount to protect it.
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:19 AM
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The most expensive hearing protection is at least 21 times less expensive than hearing aids.
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:21 AM
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My hearing is shot;literally and figuratively.
When I was young we did a lot of pitol shooting indoors,at the NaionalGuard armory.It ws primitive by today's standards.
Sound was prevented from getting out,but nothing was done to deaden it.
Very few used any form of ear protection,and i was'nt one of them.
Today,I'm paying for it.
Please,especially if you are still young,get the best hearing protection that you can afford.
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Old 06-09-2008, 11:00 AM
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I have started using the electric muffs at least for pistol, then those plus foam inside the ears for when shooting rifle, or when I am qualifying with other shooters. The electric muffs turn up loud enough to hear people talking and range commands etc. I even use earmuffs while mowing the lawn and other similar tasks. Hearing loss adds up over time and as I am pretty young, I want to minimize the damage from my favorite hobby!
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:55 PM
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Yep. I recently bought a Stihl helmet with a face guard screen (wear glasses underneath) and ear muffs (only 24 db, but ok if you also add ear plugs) and I have started wearing that when I mow lawn as well as running the chain saw. Helmet only $50, but it is worth every penny if it keeps me from poking my eye out or loosing my hearing.
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