Bartonsayswhat From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 434 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1779 times:
Hey ramp, engineering and pilots (and any other loud environment people.)
What is everyone using for hearing protection? My dB Blockers just came in the mail today so now I will be wearing them on the ramp. The Mickey Mouse ones wont fit under my tuque or my hood, and I kept on finding my self out there with only one foam plug or two soggy ones. Is anyone else using custom fitted plugs? Does anyone have the kind with the vent so you can hear conversation?
So what kind of protection and what are you doing out there?
I don't need it that often, so long-duration comfort isn't a priority for me. The best balance I've found between quality of noise-blocking and ease of use are the "fluted" silicone ones that look kind of like little trees. They're washable (reusable), easy to put in and out frequently, and are pretty effective. They also don't absorb water (no soggies). You can usually find them in any firearms store (Smith & Wesson makes a nice set).
MissedApproach From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 713 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1615 times:
We were supplied with a set of David Clarks with the electronic noise cancelling. Kind of pricey to buy yourself, but definitely the best level of protection out there. Prior to that we used ear defenders with ear plugs underneath (usually disposable foam type). I find in winter my ears get cold first anyway, so having them covered with the headset was usually good enough. In really cold weather, we wore parkas with hoods.
Nomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1562 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1574 times:
My hearing isn't that great to start, so I got some Walker game ears. They're amplified and let me hear better than I normally do, but cut off loud noises instantly. They're great in the shop. You can hear butterflies sneezing but when you wack a piece of steel with a hammer all you hear is a tick.
There are amplified custom fit ear plug type devices too, but I haven't sprung for those yet.
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31201 posts, RR: 58 Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1461 times:
Just to add...Although most may be aware already....that its important to use approved Ear defenders/Plugs,as it important to only cut off a certain frequency of noise & permit the rest,as complete blockage could be dangerous.its important to hear some sounds.
Bartonsayswhat From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 434 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1439 times:
so turns out my custom plugs dont fit right, they break seal really easy if i move my mouth at all, and i think i know why.
When you get them fitted do it alone. i was filling out the paperwork with them in, and i looked up and so a co-worker getting his and i snorted and laughed because he looked like a retarded monkey, his ears bulging with flourescent yellow goop and stings comming out of it, when i moved my jaw i think i ruined my mould.
fortunately they come with a fitright gaurentee, so they should be better