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How often do you wear hearing protection?

by richgreer
posted 01-15-2011 11:54 PM

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 12:02 AM

jointer,planer,chop saw and compresser mostly.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 12:03 AM

Almost all the time, I hate noise

-- Bert

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#3 posted 01-16-2011 12:09 AM

with everything powered. I’ve seen too many people with damaged hearing.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 01-16-2011 12:15 AM

Planer, jointer, belt/disk sander, compressor…....and when the wife walks in !

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#5 posted 01-16-2011 12:21 AM

Always. I don’t like the noise and I want to preserve my hearing.

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#6 posted 01-16-2011 12:21 AM

What was that you said, Rich? Could you speak up a little louder? I’m having a hard time hearing you. :)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 01-16-2011 12:22 AM

As often as I can, especially for the shop vac. Seem to be getting really sensitive to the noise.
Rather use hand tools than noisy powered tools

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#8 posted 01-16-2011 12:23 AM

I can’t tell if these are shots at the wife’s gabbing or just trying to appease SWMBO. I wear it when mowing the lawn, weedwacker. Most of my shop tools aren’t so bad. The shop vac is a bit loud. Anything that makes me squint my eyes. But I do where my respirator half mask all the time when using machinery.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#9 posted 01-16-2011 12:28 AM

Router, at times, planer-jointer although haven’t done much of that yet. The other machines do not cause enough noise to be dangerous in my estimation. Actually if I start something and it seems loud, I stop and put on the protectors. Noise damage is a function of many things, including how loud, duration, and frequency. And probably a bunch of other things like whether the sound varies in frequency, etc. Repetitive loud sound damage accumulates.

If in doubt, I stick on the ear protectors…....


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 01-16-2011 12:29 AM

I found myself using it more and more. The other day I was vacuuming in the house and I even put my hearing protection on. (I’ve got an old vacuum just won’t quit).

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#11 posted 01-16-2011 12:30 AM

I wear hearing protection with all machines. I have a big old Shopvac I use for dust collection and it is a screamer. I’m waiting for it to “bite the dust” and I wiil replace it with a real dust collector.I also wear a face shield.

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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#12 posted 01-16-2011 12:32 AM

Tablesaw, router, planer, jointer, miter saw… even shopvac

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#13 posted 01-16-2011 12:32 AM

At times I’ve found that in this day and time not being able to hear too well can be a real blessing. ;)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 01-16-2011 12:34 AM

all the time when using powered maschinery , since I discovered some loss of hearing around 12000hz
becourse I used to be shooting with all kinds off handweapons in contest while I was
in the military and I proppebly allso lost some hearing when I was a DJ
but I allso use other protecting gear all the time as well
including wearing helmet when bycicling (can´t tell my daughter to do it and not doing it myself)
and now its natural as it is to use saftybelt when driving in a car :-)

take care

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#15 posted 01-16-2011 12:40 AM

My hearing was severely damaged by jet engines, in the Navy. What little hearing is left is protected when using the power saws, routers and the planer.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#16 posted 01-16-2011 12:40 AM

Every time I use a power tool. Force of habit from my Navy days.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#17 posted 01-16-2011 12:48 AM

Every time I use a power tool in the shop except for the drill press or jig saw and, that includes my DC and vacuum. I’ve lost some hearing over the years prior to starting woodworking and I try to save what I have left for as long as I can.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#18 posted 01-16-2011 12:54 AM

Not very often a couple years ago but now I almost always wear hearing protection when I turn on a machine.

-- Marc

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#19 posted 01-16-2011 12:57 AM

Any power tools turn on, on goes the hearing protection and safety glasses. I stress that a lot to my 11 year old son. I have stressed that so long that I can remember when he was about 4 or 5 years old, we were watching a woodworking program on TV and he noticed the guy on the program not wearing safety glasses and pionted it out. Safety is number 1 in the workshop.

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#20 posted 01-16-2011 01:05 AM

Almost never. My hearing is fine.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#21 posted 01-16-2011 01:07 AM

I ruptured an ear drum at 16 … that hurt like hell i tell ya, and blood comin outta your ear running down your neck .. no thanks. I wear my ear muffs basically the moment i enter the shop. I had an older neighbor who was a cabinet maker who told me “Ya know kid, all the heroes are dead. Dont be a hero”

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#22 posted 01-16-2011 01:12 AM

Everytime I use a power tool.

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#23 posted 01-16-2011 01:19 AM

not near enough

-- Dave..Pensacola Fl.........In GOD we trust

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#24 posted 01-16-2011 01:20 AM


Not often

It needs to be really loud and constant before I’d ever consider it.

Safety sometimes can be a bit taken over board.

BUT on the other hand rather be safe than sorry.

-- Who can I block now???????????????????????

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#25 posted 01-16-2011 01:40 AM

There was never a need for hearing protection at school. But eye protection yes.

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#26 posted 01-16-2011 01:44 AM

If you’re young and your hearing is good…........and you rarely use hearing protection, you are in for a world of muffled sounds, rather than crisp hearing. I know and am a living example of it. I worked in metal machining and you were a “pussy” if you wore ear or eye protection. So there I was, on a surface grinder, with my ears next to a screaming grinding wheel hogging steel and turning 3000 RPM.
So today I wear a pair of expensive hearing aids and still don’t understand 50% of what people are saying when i’m in a crowd.
Without the aids, I drive everyone out of the room when the T.V. is on.
Just a warning, as I’ve been there.

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#27 posted 01-16-2011 01:50 AM

Amen Barry

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#28 posted 01-16-2011 01:50 AM

Hey Jim C Great advice!! I am in the same boat as you because I did not want to be seen as weak. What an idiot I am. Wear your hearing protection you will NEVER regret it.

-- I just don't understand. I have cut it 3 times and it is still to short.

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#29 posted 01-16-2011 02:00 AM

More often now than I used to. Listening to those on here that have lost some of their hearing, I will wear it more often. It’s not like it is uncomfortable or expensive, it’s just that I haven’t set it up to be convenient. But My shop should be set up to make safety easy.

-- Mel,

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#30 posted 01-16-2011 02:07 AM

With powertools about 99% of the time. I use foam plugs while mowing the lawn. I have to tell my wife to wear them if she mows. I remind her that she should be able to hear her grandchildren in years to come. My mother is deaf as a post but refuses to get a hearing aid. They are for old people! She is 87.

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#31 posted 01-16-2011 02:27 AM

I don’t think I have suffered a real hearing loss yet, but my wife accuses me of “selective hearing”.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#32 posted 01-16-2011 02:27 AM

I beg your pardon? did you say something?

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#33 posted 01-16-2011 03:38 AM

With any power tool. Also a dust mask.

-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#34 posted 01-16-2011 03:45 AM

Rich, I’m just like you. The planer sends me looking for the ear muffs, but I rarely put them on for anything else.

I know I should use them all the time, but I feel like I can’t hear what my machines are trying to tell me when I have them on.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#35 posted 01-16-2011 03:48 AM

All the time…ALL THE TIME!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#36 posted 01-16-2011 03:51 AM

Should have years ago ! Wishing I did.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#37 posted 01-16-2011 03:57 AM

An audiologist use to live next door to me. She noticed I didn’t wear hearing protection while running my table saw – I did when running my planer and router. She showed me how even the stop and go whine of the table saw can affect the hearing after a few years. I purchased one of those radio hearing protectors, however, too late I guess. It’s been a few years now and I have constant ringing in my right ear. I still constantly wear hearing as well as eye protection. I forget that I have it all on I’ve even worn everything while hand planing.

-- Don

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#38 posted 01-16-2011 04:14 AM

” wife accuses me of “selective hearing”.”

I have that same problem but mine is more along the lines of selective listening.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#39 posted 01-16-2011 04:28 AM

Always. Hearing loss is cumulative and I’m still young. I plan to do this for a long time, so I’d like to be able to hear my grandkids in 30 years.

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#40 posted 01-16-2011 04:31 AM

All the time, the muffs live on a coat hook by the shop door. It puts them at eye level and within easy reach as I go through the door.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#41 posted 01-16-2011 04:50 AM

Depends on the equipt. Some of my PC routers are loud as hell, my jet cab saw comes in at around 80 db when cutting, my tractor, always, as well as the jet 15 inch planer, it is as loud as a jet engine. I have dedicated ear muffs at each of the offending things, and have a db meter to see when I need them.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#42 posted 01-16-2011 05:06 AM

I use hearing protection when I use the planer and the router. I probably should use it all the time, but I feel more comfortable hearing the table saw, jointer, and bandsaw. I already have a buz in my hearing, but its from shooting guns all the time when I was young.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#43 posted 01-16-2011 05:38 AM

Not enough Usually i ware them when i run the router or the thickness planer. I lost a lot of my hearing when i was in the service Army. I welded for a living , that buzzing just drove me nuts, I wore them all the time then

-- wchips

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#44 posted 01-16-2011 05:40 AM

Never use it….. I have sheetrock walls and ceiling and wooden floor in my shop and it is insulated so the sound level of even the planer is not bad. I worked as a jet mechanic and as a sheetmetal worker for over 40 years and my hearing is fine. HUH?

-- Website is No PHD just a DD214 and a GED

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#45 posted 01-16-2011 05:41 AM

I never wear ear protectors, I just turn my hearing aids down to muffle the noise. I have had hearing loss since the age of 5 and steadily losing more each year. In my case it is hereditary. I expect that in about 5 to 10 years I will have lost most of my useable hearing.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#46 posted 01-16-2011 05:45 AM

planer, router table, wife….i should wear them more often as well as my resp. mask. i’m only 23 and I have many yrs ahead of me to be deaf n coughing out my lung

-- M.K.

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#47 posted 01-16-2011 06:15 AM

I wear it almost every time I use power tool.

-- Russ

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#48 posted 01-16-2011 06:38 AM

Every time also. When I was young and invincible and working as a heavy equipment operator I did not wear them and the hearing in my left ear (the ear closer to the loader’s open door) is markedly poorer than the right ear. Stupid; I should have worn hearing protection back then so I could hear better now.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#49 posted 01-16-2011 06:50 AM

I have a set of the ear muff type hearing protectors that have a radio in them. I don’t wear them as often as I should. Generally, I do put them on when running the planer, jointer, router, sanders and the d)&*% shop vac as they are the loudest things in my shop. Only trouble is, I turn the music up kind of loud sometimes and that may be just as bad as the noise of the machines. Ha

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#50 posted 01-16-2011 07:44 AM

Always with my planer, occassionaly with my router if the bits big enough but that’s about it.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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