Instead of getting into the nuclear briefcase apples and oranges, lets do Golden Noble vs Gingergold apples
Golden Noble apples are cooking apples.
Gingergold are both cooking and out of hand apples.
Earplugs are decibel reducers.
Electronic muffs are high decibel reducers, and low decibel magnifiers.
Why does one need one over the other? If no one needs to only reduce decibels, we should ban the ear plugs and force everyone to use electronic muffs.