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Does (visibly) discrete hearing protection exist?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by jtmac, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. jtmac

    jtmac Señor Member

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    Late this summer I'll be going places where I'll be in places with near-deafening volume levels, but in which it would be very, very impolite to wear noticeable hearing protection.

    Yes, it's ridiculous. Welcome to Latin America!

    So I need to find some visually discreet earplugs. There are a lot of earplugs out there to choose from with a lot to be argued about, but trying to find some that are not obviously visible throws a new wrench into things. It's even harder to find what I need when I factor in the need to be able to have conversations with them in.

    I found earpeace.com and I'm considering those. 11 - 17 dB reduction, which isn't spectacular but I suppose is reasonable for what I'm after.

    Does anyone have any experience/knowledge that would be helpful here?
     
  2. USMCsilver

    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    Uhh...care to opine?

    I'm curious here.
     

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    WhiskeyUnicorn Mall Ninja Extraordinaire

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    Ep3 or ep4 ear pro is nice and has little plugs that can open to let conversation be heard better

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    Flesh color foam plugs gotta be sold somewhere.


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  5. janice6

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    Buy whatever you need and tell them you are "hard of hearing", and these are hearing aids.

    They don't need to know and you can get some sympathy for having to wear them..
     
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    Just cut a regular earplug in half and push it in pretty deep. A little sharpie on the back and no one will ever notice. I used to do it all the time kayaking, minus the sharpie, to keep the cold water out. A full plug would get washed out, but a half stayed in perfectly.
     
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    zoyter2 Yeah, so what?

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    Me too. I fail to conjurer up even ONE instance in my wildest imagination where my hearing is worth less than insulting someone.
     
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    Snaps Hail 2 The King

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    my surefire plugs are pretty small, a lot of people don't think I have anything on/in and keep trying to tell me to put ears on.
     
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    Deanster Cheese? Millennium Member CLM

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    I think the 'canal shell Sound Defender' is closest to what you're looking for.
     
  12. jtmac

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    Thank you, folks. I appreciate the suggestions. I will be investigating some.

    I would love to do this. Unfortunately, the dishonesty wouldn't go over well (someone would know), and I want to get them for my whole team, so... eh.


    I agree, but it I can save my hearing AND not be insulting, I will.

    As for the reason, I'm visiting churches in certain parts of Peru. Small concrete buildings with speakers blaring at damaging levels (and me right by them). They've neither the money nor the technical understanding to improve. Many people have been in these environments so long that they no longer understand why I'm in pain, nor do most understand the permanent effect this can have on hearing.

    Hey, I googled, too. :tongueout:

    But I didn't find those. Thanks!
     
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    zoyter2 Yeah, so what?

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    Good deal. Just couldn't think of any reason! :cool:
     
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    Texas357 Señor Member CLM

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    Another vote for the surefires. I actually use the whenever I am at the movies. They also still allow normal conversation. I'd like to see more independent analysis of the reactive dampening, though.

    If anybody asks, just tell them the sound hurts your ears and the plugs help you concentrate. If they dont ask, they are probably assuming you are wearing hearing aids.

    Don't hurt your ears by being shy about protecting them.
     
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    MrKandiyohi Millennium Member

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    Tell them you have very sensitive ears and can't handle the speakers like they can. You'll be honest, and you'll protect your hearing. Show them the sunblock you also use to prevent sunburns. Nothing different.
     
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    I had a custom molded earpiece when I was in the Marines that kept the noise of jets, helos, and whatnot out. I would look into some of them made with transparent plastic.
     
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    i have sonic defenders they are not to bad
     
  18. Rabid Rabbit

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    I use the custom moulded plugs, reduction is in the range of 23db but very comfortable. Your local ENT should be able to make them for you in a varity of colors for about $35/pr. My kids 9 & 11 love them, they fit better and are more comfortable than the plugs or muffs.