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Forum topic by electricalD posted 02-12-2013 09:34 AM 1046 views 0 times favorited 45 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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electricalD

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02-12-2013 09:34 AM

Hello folks,

I just broke my earmuffs I brought from HD. Do any of you use these noise cancelling headsets or recommend a good set. I think I paid about $20 for the HD ones but they were not good enough as I found using a sander and shop vac to be a bit loud. I believe in you get what you pay for.
Thanks,
Dan

-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-12-2013 10:33 AM

So much of what we do is very noisy. The more protection the better.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Richard

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#2 posted 02-12-2013 10:35 AM

I just use the disposable foam inserts, they work well.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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paratrooper34

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#3 posted 02-12-2013 10:58 AM

electricalD, what ever you get for hearing protection, my advice is to get the best that you can afford. As someone who has significant hearing loss (a bonus from my job), I will tell you that hearing loss sucks. Had I been able to protect mine, I would have. Do your best to protect yours with some high quality hearing protection. It is a good investment if you value your hearing.

Good Luck

-- Mike

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electricalD

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#4 posted 02-12-2013 12:41 PM

Disposable ones are the best Richard depending on which ones you get. But I am looking for something quick that I can just grab and put on the ears. I wear these at my work when I have to.

Regards,
Dan

-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton

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electricalD

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#5 posted 02-12-2013 12:49 PM

Mike,

I know the feeling as well. I have a slight loss in the right ear. But I find that if I keep a close eye to it it does abate somewhat. Using the cheapies I got at HD, I found that using my sander and shop vac would get that old ring going again. So I am with you. I am going to look for a good set and none of this messing around. I have tried to search the web but haven’t devoted my undivided attention to it. This is what I like about LJ. Somebody hopefully, will know.

Thanks for the response,
Dan

-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton

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Kaleb the Swede

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#6 posted 02-12-2013 01:00 PM

I wouldn’t recommend using noise canceling headphones. My father is a diesel mechanic on a large commercial fishing vessel. I once asked him why he did’t use the noise canceling headphones. He said that even though he needs to wear hearing protection he still needs to hear what is going on with the giant 3406 caterpillar engine. When I am running my table saw or whatever, I wear a good pair of ear muffs but I can still hear what is going on. Hearing protection is essential, noise canceling I wouldn’t trust too much.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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MJCD

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#7 posted 02-12-2013 01:07 PM

Pro Ears Ultra NRR 33DB – I’ve used these for years – the same set. The headband broke last year (my shop is below freezing most of the winter, and the heavy plastic broke – they replaced the headband free!!)

They do a great job, and are not expensive.
MJCD

-- Lead By Example; Make a Difference

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electricalD

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#8 posted 02-12-2013 03:11 PM

Kaleb,
A good point you raised, but I am not after drowning out the noise altogether but to minimize it as much as I can. And I say that because the ones I had weren’t good enough. I work on an oil rig with 6—V18 Wartsila engines and trust me you can’t get next to the turbochargers on it without hearing protection. But when I am in the engine room I wear the foam ear plugs along with my headset. Thanks for responding.

Regards,
Dan

-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton

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electricalD

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#9 posted 02-12-2013 03:12 PM

MJ,
I’ll check them out. Thanks.
Dan

-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton

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Ripthorn

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#10 posted 02-12-2013 03:16 PM

Just a note on noise cancelling headphones in general, they do not work on certains kinds of noise well at all. It is just the nature of the beast (our research group did lots of active noise control research in college). I use soft silicone earplugs. They do about 26 dB of reduction, keep the spectrum pretty true (so you can hear if something goes wrong), are cheap and wildly comfortable (I usually forget I have them in). I think woodcraft has some for a buck that I have been using the last month or two, but I also have a pair of musician’s plugs (from my college band days) that were no more than $5. They are reusable, jsut wash them with water when they get dirty. If you are super anal about noise, you can put ear muffs over those, but I wouldn’t, personally. I have yet to find a machine or operation where the silicone earplugs aren’t sufficient.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#11 posted 02-12-2013 03:23 PM

+1 for the silicone earplugs. Cheap and effective. In the summer time I sweat a lot in my un-airconditioned shop. If I wear headphones the pads tend to get very wet.

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MrsN

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#12 posted 02-12-2013 05:37 PM

I wear silicone earplugs most of the time. They keep out most of the unwanted noise, but still let me hear the important things.

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Cosmicsniper

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#13 posted 02-12-2013 05:56 PM

Nothing in my shop is so loud that I need ear protection. I want to hear my machines. This wasn’t always the case…my old direct drive table saw was really loud. My Unisaw? Sometimes I can’t hear it at all over my DC…which isn’t all that loud. I’m afraid I will forget that it is running, especially since my table saw often doubles as a workbench.

I spent 20 yrs of my adult life mowing lawns as a summer job…THAT was loud and I never suffered hearing loss.

Your mileage may vary, but I would caution ANYBODY to protect your ears if necessary, but not to totally block out the noise.

Even so, as Matthias says, “My safety is my concern…your safety should be your concern.”

EDIT: BTW, it should be said that I usually run my machines with my garage doors open…and my loudest machine, the planer, is usually wheeled outside entirely. This makes a huge difference in the apparent volume level of the tools. I would use hearing protection if I used my planer inside the shop with the doors closed.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 02-12-2013 06:04 PM

I have earmuff-style hearing protection, but about the only time I reach for it is when I’m using my planer.

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

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MJCD

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#15 posted 02-12-2013 10:39 PM

I have to admit I’m surprised by some of the comments – I’ve worked extensively in heavy manufacturing, and know I’ve lost some of my hearing: Radio Shack speakers for me, folks – anything higher quality, and I can’t hear the difference. Perhaps I’ve become paranoid about hearing loss and breathing dust that I’m over-compensating. I wear -33db ear-muffs whenever I have something running. and have rigorously upgraded my dust collection-at-source work methods.

MJCD

-- Lead By Example; Make a Difference

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