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Title: Best Active Ear Plugs?
Post by: MTK20 on May 05, 2017, 09:34:01 pm
I typically just use the old military orange ear plugs at the range, but I am looking to upgrade. I like the idea of non electronic, active earplugs (they allow some sounds, but automatically shut out noises above a certain decibel rating.

I've taken a hard look at the sure fire EP3 sonic defenders, but the say they may only last 6 months or something? What is that about? My orange ones have been trucking along for years.

http://www.surefire.com/ep3-sonic-defenders.html

I know they make other types of active earplugs, but I do not know of any other specific manufacturers of them. Which make and model do you like? How effective are they? And most importantly, how long do they last you?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/goaxil/axil-xp-series-earplugs-defender-and-reactor?ref=fundedtoday&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=26e.fnd.to&utm_campaign=ezrt
Title: Re: Best Active Ear Plugs?
Post by: coelacanth on May 07, 2017, 02:12:35 am
I've used my pair of Sure fire Sonic defenders for about a year and my biggest problem with them is they don't fit me as well as I'd like.  They work well at first but if its a hot day the least bit of perspiration tends to dislodge them from a snug fit in my ear and I end up readjusting them all the time.   :banghead   My main set up used to be a pair of the foam or rubber disposable plugs beneath a cheap pair of ear muff protectors.

The combination works well in terms of sound deadening even with magnum rifles and if I need to converse I just slip the muffs off and the foam plugs alone let me still hear normal voices.  The electronic muffs have come down quite a bit in price since they were first introduced and I have toyed with the idea of picking up a pair.   :hmm
Title: Re: Best Active Ear Plugs?
Post by: LowKey on May 07, 2017, 07:11:40 am
I've always wanted to find a pair of the "inside the ear" electronic plugs that chop sounds over 90 decibels down to safe levels and enhance sound of stuff below 90....that are easily recharged.    There are one's out there that offer the first part, but the easily recharged part seems to be scarce at this point.  Also  those in the ear electronic plugs are SPENDY.
Essentially fancy hearing aids, I suppose, with fancy hearing aid prices.


Title: Re: Best Active Ear Plugs?
Post by: coelacanth on May 07, 2017, 11:01:00 pm
Pretty much, and you may still end up with the problem of perspiration causing a less than ideal fit.   :shrug
Title: Re: Best Active Ear Plugs?
Post by: MTK20 on May 07, 2017, 11:16:36 pm
That's a damn shame that yours didn't fit well. Makes me wonder if I should even bother trying to get a pair.
Title: Re: Best Active Ear Plugs?
Post by: coelacanth on May 07, 2017, 11:27:44 pm
I bought the medium sized units based on some feedback from online sources and the folks at the gun store but it seems that they are slightly small for optimum results and the large looks to be a bit TOO large so I may just be an oddball.   :shrug   
Title: Re: Best Active Ear Plugs?
Post by: LowKey on May 07, 2017, 11:55:19 pm
I bought the medium sized units based on some feedback from online sources and the folks at the gun store but it seems that they are slightly small for optimum results and the large looks to be a bit TOO large so I may just be an oddball.   :shrug   
Custom fitted earplugs, maybe? :shrug
Title: Re: Best Active Ear Plugs?
Post by: coelacanth on May 07, 2017, 11:57:58 pm
Maybe, but when you look at the really effective stuff that is considered disposable it just doesn't seem cost effective. 
Title: Re: Best Active Ear Plugs?
Post by: LowKey on May 08, 2017, 03:25:28 am
 :hmm
Would these (http://www.ohropax.de/en/products/silicon.html) do you any good?