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    Hearing protection

    What do most of you find to be the best hearing protection to use while using your tractor or equipment and the least bothersome and obstructive?


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    At home, I just use plain old muff type hearing protection. Mine just happen to be made by stihl. If I am weed whacking, or chainsawing a lot of wood, I'll wear my hardhat with attached ear muffs and mesh face shield.

    At work, I use the "plug-in" foam plugs on a string. I can keep my hands cleaner at work than I can in the yard, so the roll-up foamies work well.

    I have the string-less foamies for home when the wife happens to start snoring

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    I use my shooting ear muffs while mowing.
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    I use Bose active noise cancelling buds - I hate the over the ear type of muff. (Bose® QuietComfort® 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones €” Samsung and Android„ devices) I tuck the wire inside a shirt layer and connect them to my phone for Pandora streaming. I've been doing this for years with the lawn tractor, snowblower, leafblower, chainsaw and now my 1025r. Not sure its the best idea, but it works well for me. I understand there is a similar product from Isotunes (https://isotunes.com/) and Tractor Time with Tim has been endorsing for a while for way less than the Bose set. I also noticed the brand new Microsoft wireless buds are touting they have Bose noise-cancelling chips built in, those may be worth looking at too. For shooting at the indoor range, I suck up the fact that I dislike earmuffs so much and I usually double up and use both the surefire EP7 and my pro ears, also connected to the phone for Pandora.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmylh View Post
    I use my shooting ear muffs while mowing.
    Same here. Nothing fancy. No batteries to change or charge... no Bluetooth devices to pair... just clamp them over my ears and go to work.
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    I have these Plantronics Noise Cancelling Ear Buds that I wear when mowing, running the tractor, etc. I think I only paid about $80 for mine though, so look around.

    When I'm running the chipper or the saw, I have a Stihl Forestry Helmet that provides hearing and face protection. No music, but most people would say I shouldn't be distracted by music when running the chipper and especially the saw.
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    Not the best by any means, but I use the 3M Worktunes with Bluetooth so I not only protect my hearing, but also listen to Sirius XM!
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    When running the saw I picked up one of those kits that come with the chaps, helmet that has the ear muffs built in.

    Mowing and other stuff I normally wear a set of the 3M Worktunes. However I recently bought (arrived Sunday) a set of Isotunes. I have read a lot about them. The biggest problem I have and think I will also have with these is my ear canals are pretty small. So in ear plugs can be tough for me. I have been trying out the different options of the in ear part on the Isotunes but haven't found what I want to stick with just yet.

    Because of this muff style hearing protection just works better. I like the music on the Worktunes, it has good battery life for me with a pair of AA. The only complaint is it always defaults to the jog dial adjusting the radio tuning, you have to hit a button each time to change it to recall mode where it skips between saved channels. I bump the jog dial quite often and the antenna is kind of annoying. With my luck it hooks on anything and everything at times ripping the headset off my head. It really is a bit ridiculous as far as length. Maybe I should tape it down to the head band.
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    Amazon.com: DEWALT DPG15 Industrial Safety Electronic Hearing Muff: Sports Outdoors

    I got an old pair of these. Battery case broke when I launched them from a bulldozer having a hissy fit years ago but they still do the job
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