View Full Version : Interference between ear muffs and eyewear

April 8, 2009, 10:35 AM
Does anyone know of a solution to the interference between over-the-ear muffs and the ear-pieces (aka temples) found on traditional eye glasses? For me, using eye protection with muffs creates two problems: discomfort where the muffs press the glasses frames into the temples; and reduced effectiveness of the hearing protection due to the compromised seal around the ear.

Does anybody make protective eyewear that has an elastic band in place of rigid ear-pieces ... yet doesn't look like swimmer's goggles or chemist's goggles? Alternatively, is there any eyewear that is designed to affix to the muffs rather than directly to the user's head?

I've tried tilting the glasses downward such that the temples ride somewhat up over the muffs. This avoids the interference but looks absurd and distorts the image. Worse, on one occasion my semi-auto scored a hail mary by ejecting a hot case in an upward arc where it fell into the large gap between my brow and glasses frame, came to rest against the skin just below my eye and caused a small burn. While my range partner found my panicked dance highly amusing, it was painful enough that I have retired this technique.

April 8, 2009, 03:19 PM
Have you tried classes w/ flexible stems?



April 8, 2009, 03:27 PM
I know you aren't a fan of the "sport goggle" type stuff but the 3M™ Protective Eyewear 1707-2AF (http://tinyurl.com/d6qlv8) eyewear is great.

I have also found that the more glasses-like 3M™ Protective Eyewear 1700/37103 (http://tinyurl.com/d6qlv8) has nice thin side panels that don't seem to push my muffs out as much. (Plus they are inexpensive and available in the paint section of wal-mart)

April 8, 2009, 05:14 PM
Any good sunglasses that fit your face and have wire frames will do. Make sure they're rated for impact resistance.

Those thick plastic frames on commercial "safety glasses" really wreck the seal on muffs.

April 9, 2009, 10:01 PM
Thanks everyone. I appreciate the tips.

April 10, 2009, 12:51 AM
Another option is to upgrade the pads on your ear protection. I've had zero problem with getting a good seal since I got the (expensive) comfort gel pad upgrade for my hearing protection.

April 18, 2009, 09:29 AM
I understand what you mean. For this reason I Switched to Ear Plugs. Very comfy and a better NRR.

April 18, 2009, 10:08 PM
...and a better NRR.Kinda sorta... Yes, you get better attenuation of noise travelling down the ear canal. However, sound is also transmitted to some extent to the ear canal & inner ear via the bones around the ear canal. If you want to wear plugs, it's advisable to also wear muffs since they block more of the bone-transmitted sound.

April 18, 2009, 10:54 PM
Ive wore glasses since I was 6 so I feel your pain. I use both the foam type ear plugs and ear muffs together.