View Full Version : Making an order...does anyone have any ear suggestions

July 22, 2009, 03:53 AM
I need to order some new eyes and ears, shooting glasses are pretty easy to find, but im new to ear protection. Ive always used slip in foams or slip in rubber plugs. I was considering buying these
but I dont know anything about name brands in the hearing protection industry. Im also purchasing a sooting jacket, a buddy let me borrow his creedmor basics jacket and it felt really good to wear it. I shot a 91 at 200 yards.... :D!!

Thanks guys any help is appreciated


July 22, 2009, 06:04 PM
I've been thinking about new ears lately too. I'm leaning to try the custom molded ear plugs for about $40. Friend of mine has them and gives them good reviews. I also want to try them out for riding as well.

For indoor use, I'd suggest the ear muffs so it protects the skull bones from vibration. Outdoor use is a little more forgiving and plugs are good but still te muffs will be better.

I can't make any particular comments about those in the link, I haven't ever tried electronic ear protection.

July 23, 2009, 07:23 AM
I simply find that the electronic ear muffs (or any ear muffs for that matter) squeeze my head and feel very uncomfortable after about an hour of training/shooting. Also, trying to shoot rifles while wearing most ear muffs is not a pleasant experience.

I have used electronic ears, standard foam plugs etc...

I do like the Surefire ears. They are not electronic but they fit in the ear canal area like a secret service ear piece and only cost $12.


July 23, 2009, 07:42 AM
Ear protection can be a difficult one to answer as the size/shape of your ears and auditory canal can have a significant impact on what works/doesn't work for you as well as comfort level.

For example, I like and use the "classic" E-A-R plugs (http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=116581) which have done an excellent job of protecting my hearing in all noisy environments from rock concerts to lawnmowing to shooting for the past 30+ years. I have a pretty large ear canal and they fit well and block sound well for me.

On the other hand, they also make me basically stone deaf while I'm wearing them. :rolleyes:
And my wife simply can not use them in her tiny ears. :(

So more recently I got interested in the electronic muffs because I've decided that I'm tired of missing 3/4 of what people say in terms of range commands and socialization at the range.

I just wrote up a brief review on the new electronic muffs by Ryobi (http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=367629) and they are pretty good for a basic electronic muff. However in a strange coincidence someone also gave me a pair of Caldwell "E-Max" muffs (http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=348524)to try and although they are not the most heavy-duty construction, they work far better than you'd expect for the price and are inexpensive enough that I went out and bought a pair for the wife to wear.

Neither of the above are "top-of-the-pricetag" level muffs but that just means they don't "hear" as well, not that they don't protect as well. For me (hearing range commands) they work just fine.

July 23, 2009, 11:39 AM
Cheap electronic muffs are cheap for a reason. If you want to go electronic then spend some money. If not then buy decent non electronics muffs and/or fitted plugs.


August 15, 2009, 09:17 PM
i use the self molded ones from wallmart 12.00 for shotgun; and then both the molded ones and a cheep set of ears 16.00 for pistols and rifle ,hope this helps.

save your money for bullets .

mark in fl