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Forum topic by cherylf posted 02-21-2009 05:55 PM 2276 views 0 times favorited 35 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2009 05:55 PM

Hi all!

Well, I STILL haven’t built anything worthy of posting, but I have been getting cozy with my new tools. I also went on vacation to Salt Lake City and had the flu (in that order). Nasty thing that flu. I had no idea how much fun a nyquil buzz could be though. I am well now so I have no excuses for not getting back in my cutie patutie girly shop. I have a question, does anybody wear ear plugs when using certain tools? I read an article recently that said woodworkers were more apt to having hearing problems when they get older if they didn’t wear ear plugs. I am asuming they were talking about people who do this for a living and are in the shop alot. What do you think? Cheryl

-- I think I was a man in a previous life - why else would I be blonde and like beer!

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#1 posted 02-21-2009 06:04 PM

I use the ear muff type hearing protectors when using most of my bigger tools. The router table is a good example. I swear that thing is louder than a jet engine when I have a cabinet bit in it. Also, the table saw has a whine that is tough on the ears so it’s good to wear ear protection as well. I don’t bother with protection with my drill press or hand drills or sanders. They’re not all that noisy. The ear muff type protection is easier to use since you can take them off and put them on very easily.

A side note – protect your eyes, too. And a dust mask when sanding is recommended (for me, especially when I’m sanding walnut!). Good luck, and good to hear you’re feeling better.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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#2 posted 02-21-2009 06:04 PM

I wear mickey mouse ear head sets. I have a couple of pair around the shop. They are easy to find and (usually) lying near the loud tools.

Router, Band Saw, Planer, Jointer, RAS.

My Cabinet saw isn’t that loud but I wear the ears anyway.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#3 posted 02-21-2009 06:06 PM

Wow we were all typing at the same time. Looks like I hit enter last.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#4 posted 02-21-2009 06:36 PM

Foamies are nice sometimes, I prefer the kind you get for shooting guns, that slip in and have a bit more protection, if I’m going that route. Mostly though, I’ll use full ear protection. Yes, as someone who didn’t start until this last year with ear protection around tools, it’s a must! My hearing has been terrible for the last five years or so, as a result.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#5 posted 02-21-2009 06:58 PM

I have a set of muffs, but am guilty of not putting them on all the time. My hearing is already shot from too many years playing in a band when I was younger.

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

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#6 posted 02-21-2009 07:07 PM

I use the muff type ear protection when I am working in the shop. I do not like the ear plugs, just because they are uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. I use the muffs for all tools so I can protect my hearing as much as possible. Even with drill presses, sanders, etc. Having the same steady drone for hours can cause hearing damage as well as the very loud and high pitched sounds . Protect what you have for as long as you can is my motto.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#7 posted 02-21-2009 07:17 PM

From the other side of LumberJocking:

My “shop” is mostly the great outdoors.
Most of my tools are me-powered.
That way I can enjoy the sounds of nature.
Besides, wood comes from nature and I want to meet it on its own terms.

Oh yeah, I do own several chainsaws, a band saw and a couple of drill presses.
When using these, milspec ear and eye protection are in order.

Heck when using a motorized log tenoning machine, I’ve gone to using a full face and head protector.
It was at the suggestion of my dentist after a minor accident. <grin>

Play hard but play safe.

-- 温故知新

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#8 posted 02-21-2009 07:30 PM

i wear my shooting ear muffs their the kind with sound so when i shut off what ever im useing i can hear agine their kind of nice but pricey i got mine @ just throwing that up incase you want a good deal on any pair or muffs thier like an online surplus store. one last thing the most profound thing i ever heard on safety the best piece of safety gear you can have is the one you’ll use.

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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#9 posted 02-21-2009 07:31 PM

I’ve got a set of ear muffs for shooting that I use intermittently when the planer is on. Intermittently means hardly ever…........excuse me,did you say

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#10 posted 02-21-2009 07:40 PM

I wear ear muffs most of the time, especially in the winter. They help keep my ears warm in my cold shop!

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#11 posted 02-21-2009 07:45 PM

You only need ear protection if you want to hear what everyone else that wears ear protection hears when they aren’t wearing ear protection.

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#12 posted 02-21-2009 08:18 PM

I believe damage to hearing is a cummulative thing. I have always found the ear plugs that go into my ear to be uncomfortable and haven’t tried ear muff types. I got “ZEM hearing protection from the Woodcraft store. The protectors are comfortable to wear, can be hung around my neck when not in use and seems to cut down considerable on the noise.

However, wearing ear muff protection in a cold workshop a good idea.

Whatever device you get, the important thing is to protect your hearing.


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#13 posted 02-21-2009 08:20 PM

I use the soft plugs. After working around sirens all day I got in the habit. I usually use them whenever I have a tool on. It also helps to muffle the shouting from the LOML!!

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#14 posted 02-21-2009 08:49 PM

i use muffs and plugs i like to hear things when i get older lol…......

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#15 posted 02-21-2009 09:42 PM

I use the foamys for any occasion where I will be around loud noises (keep them in the night stand in case the LOML has a loud night), When I turn on any of the high whine power tools, I use muffs as well.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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