Upgrading hearing pro ... suggestions pls.

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  1. Grabbrass

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    Currently using HowardLeight and thinking about an upgrade. The HowardLeight's work ok along with compressible foam earplugs, but the 'ear cup' area is waaaaay too small for my big ears. I'd like to have the HowardLeights as a spare for when I bring someone along, and get the Lexus of ear pro for my regular use. If I'm going to upgrade I want a topnotch gizmo ... have some tinnitus from guns, guitars, C-45 die press, etc and want to preserve my hearing best I can as I turn codger.

    I know about ProEars, and the price doesn't scare me off. But they've got about a dozen models at the same price. And if there's another competitor of the same quality (or better) as ProEars, I'd appreciate hearing about it. Suggestions?
     
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    Peltor with gel ear cups. Or MSA/Sordin with gel cups
     
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    Watchin a YT about these right now.
     
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    That’s what I wear at work, albeit the communication variety with mil connector.

    I would spend my own money on them if I hand not found a unsecured pair of them. I like them that much.
     
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    I hate muffs for shooting, and basically only use them for working majors, when I need to communicate with other RO's.

    For my purposes, the pink Winchester plugs are fine. For active plugs, I'd probably go the House of Hearing route.
     
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    Unfortunately IEM-type in-ear solutions won't work for me. Left ear won't keep the seal, something with the shape of the ear canal, TMJ, I'm not really sure. So over the head earmuffs are required (I'm the say way with headphones for music) And having gotten used to using electronic protection now, I have no intention to ever go back to passive earmuffs or plugs. I want to hear what's going on around me. If I'm shooting or around something especially loud, I'll put in foam plugs and turn up the volume on the electric muffs.

    I'm gonna be digging in on researching the options with the three brands already mentioned above.
     
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    I think protecting your hearing and protecting your shooting are partly separate things. For most of the guns I shoot, basic plugs are fine. I have to be a bit careful when I practice with open shooters, etc. But that's easily controllable.

    I definitely do not want to hear what's going on around me when I'm actually shooting the gun. I want minimal auditory input of any kind during that time, so muffs would be turned off anyway. This is also true of when I'm making ready. Last thing I want is to hear someone blazing off warp-drive Bills, just as I'm thinking about a draw sequence.

    One of the worst things that can happen making ready for a stage is to hear someone of note shooting another stage in an adjacent bay. You'll be going through your sequence, then suddenly a distinctive string of fire... and hey, that's gotta be Jerry on Stage 4. Wow, he shot the paper before the rack, maybe I should... BEEP!

    Screw that noise.

    When I do use muffs, I generally double-plug with foam. With plugs-only, I put them in deep and I'm pretty much deaf. It's lovely. There's a bit of an art to shooting like that with a partner, and getting one of the plugs just right, so you can hear conversation with intermittent shooting.

    But unless I'm just demonstrating something, when it's my time to shoot, the plugs go in deep.
     
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    I use MSA Sordin Supreme pro x.
     
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    What kind of ear plugs do you run that you can’t already hear the gunfire in the next bay?


    Sounds like you’re advocating against active ear pro, because of an attention issue.
     
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    I'm not advocating against anything, shoot however you want.
     
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    I've had Pro-Ears for close to 10 years and if they fell apart tomorrow I would go out and buy another of the same pair.
     
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    Same hear. ;)
     
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    Forget the brand, but got some 34dB muffs off Amazon that work great. .40 S&W sounds like dropping a soft cover book on a table. It’s nice.
     
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    34dB nrr electronic muffs?
     
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    No regular, sorry.

    I also bought a pair of 30s that ARE electronic though. So if that’s what you want s/b able to find them.
     
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    Pro Ears here. Never had an issue with them. I actually just got in on their Kickstarter for their “Stealth Elite” in-ear protection. Looking forward to how they turn out.
     
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