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11-22-2011 01:25 AM

I never hear (no pun intended) anything about hearing protection. I practically wear my headgear when I’m using the elec. toothbrush. What are you folks doin’?


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#1 posted 11-22-2011 01:38 AM

I like this one ZEM Hearing Protectors

I put iy on almost all the time I am in my shop


-- "Ceci est un hobby, c'est pas supposé "faire de sens".

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#2 posted 11-22-2011 01:45 AM

I wear mine when I’m running my planer. Otherwise no. I know, I should

-- Life is good.

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#3 posted 11-22-2011 01:46 AM

As a Tool & Die maker, in the 60’s and 70’s, I never wore ear protection. I would operate a surface grinder, dressing wheels, with a diamond into various shapes that literally screamed at 3450 RPM.
But I was too cool to wear any ear protection, and as a result now I need twin hearing aids.
And it’s only getting worse.
Now I wear hearing protection every time I turn on the belt sander, planner, jointer air compressor etc. to stop the pain and preserve what little hearing I have left.
I hope some young guys read this. It’s not fun being in the 60 year old range, having to constantly say “huh?” to everyone trying to maintain a conversation.

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#4 posted 11-22-2011 01:49 AM

At the planer, table saw, stationary belt sander, bandsaw, ROS, and anything else that makes too much noise. Not for hand cut dovetails, nor for chip carving. Ahhhhh, those are so nice. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 01:51 AM

Jim: try telling that to the kids with the loud stereos at the stop light. They just get PO’d.
You are 100% correct

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 11-22-2011 01:53 AM

Funny you mention that. I was just in my husband’s shop and he was drilling into his concrete floor, while I covered my ears. I told him that must be at least 100 dB, and he’s not wearing any hearing protection.

I wear it while running any machine or even hammering. I don’t wear it for using the hand (electric) drill. That’s it. I just don’t like noise. That’s why I prefer hand tools when possible….

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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#7 posted 11-22-2011 01:57 AM

I like the ear plugs. I try to wear them around anything above eighty db’s.
I can check it with my phone, now...

Yeah, there is an app for that!

-- Mel,

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#8 posted 11-22-2011 01:59 AM

Right on Bro

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#9 posted 11-22-2011 02:02 AM

HUH ? what did you say, !!!!!!!!!!!!! I came up when safety and hearing protection wasn’t a concern. and I was young and bullet proof, and stupid as a result , Trust me , after 35 or so years of not wearing it, I wish I had, hearing is definately not good, wear it, take from some one who knows,

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#10 posted 11-22-2011 02:07 AM

Over the ear protection, on the whole time I’m in the shop. I also run a ceiling mounted air cleaner the whole time as well. Ditto on things getting worse as you age, and some of us suffer with riniging in the ear (in my case probably made worse by close range musket and artillery fire).

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 11-22-2011 02:14 AM

I wear these…

They are cheap, very comfy, washable, and have a noise reduction of 28db which is better than most.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#12 posted 11-22-2011 02:22 AM

I put on my hearing protection before I trip a switch on a piece of equipment. I learned a long time ago the value of wearing hearing protection at home and at work.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#13 posted 11-22-2011 02:32 AM

I keep mine on all the time, just in case the wife comes in to complain about me not putting a mug in the dishwasher/leaving toast crumbs/bringing sawdust into the house.

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#14 posted 11-22-2011 02:33 AM

I aalways use hearing protection (mostly ear plugs) and I feel it is as important as dust protection…I even use ear plugs when I use a hand plane.

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#15 posted 11-22-2011 03:02 AM

I put the muffs on almost instantly as i walk in the shop. I worked in the demolition field for 5 years fesh outta college and would run demo saws, chipping guns, hammers without any ear plugs, thought i was a tough guy. Then one day i was outside using a belt sander without a mask or ear protection workin away for hours. My neighbor Joe, a cabinet maker, comes strollin over and looks at me … “Hey, all the heros are dead kid, put on your safety gear”, and walked away. Struck a chord with me for some reason and ive been trying to pass it along to the younger guys at work whenever i can.

Thanks for bringin up the topic Bill.

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

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