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Hey guys/girls, I have hearing aids and am looking for the best option for me for ear muffs.  Inside the ear type cannot happen, has to regular muffs. The kicker is I am about to begin shooting open and understand most people double up the ear protection.. my question is does anyone have some advice for some muffs that offer as much “voice/timer beep” clarity and volume as possible while also doing the job of silencing the loud report from the compensators... price is no issue, I have been using walkers razors and feel that they arnt really doing the job, thanks!

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I wear hearing aids and muffs.   Believe it or not, the hearing aids act as a form of hearing protection.

 

They click off when a loud noise occurs, just like ear muffs.

 

I spent a bunch of money on muffs that were electronic, so I could "hear" better, but found that I

never turn them on, because I can hear just fine with my hearing aids in and muffs on.

 

Unless you want to have long conversations with the muffs on, you really don't need electronic

muffs - you'll probably be able to hear pretty well with your hearing aids in.     :) 

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Mine do quite down the gunshot noise a bit... I don’t even care about talking to people so much as being able to hear the beeeeep real well... normally once a match I miss the beep and we have to restart... no big deal... just a pain

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The best electronic muffs I’ve used are the Pro Ears Gold.

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13 hours ago, Hipstur006 said:

 I don’t care about talking to people as being able to hear the beeeeep real well...

 

That's where I am, also.

 

If you wear The Best earmuffs in the world, you'll still hear the beep with your hearing aids in.

 

Don't have to spend all the money on electronic muffs - the beep will go thru your muffs right into your hearing aids.    :) 

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I too wear hearing aids, and the Walker Silencers distort sounds more than I like.  If it isn't too hot, I use Howard Leight Impact Pros.  They are clearer than the Silencers, but I still want in-ear protectors that are cooler than muffs, and better than the Silencers.  

 

My hearing aids are pretty much top of the line, but they don't shut off with high noise levels.  They simply amplify them, and that is NOT good while shooting.  

 

I haven't tried these, but have been REALLY interested in them.  https://www.espamerica.com/  Anyone have personal experience with these?  They are supposed to be designed to work as hearing aids, but also for protection from gunfire.  

 

 

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34 minutes ago, Ken6PPC said:

 

I haven't tried these, but have been REALLY interested in them.  https://www.espamerica.com/

 

WOW !.   They'd definitely be worth $2,400/pair, IFF they replaced my current hearing aids.

 

Looking forward to anyone reviewing these little devils  ….

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MSA are really comfortable and do the job. 

They run 250ish and are well worth it to me. I can hear clearly and block open guns really well. They use a gel type insert around the ear so you don’t get the pinch like most muffs. 

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With outside the ear muffs you are pretty much limited to 33 dB reduction.  You can do a little better if you can tolerate muffs that squeeze your head.  Electronic muffs do not have that much noise attenuation, so I don't use them.  33 dB is enough, unless you are ROing.  I double plug with a custom molder inside the ear plug and HL muffs.  I end up with 37-38 dB of attenuation, and can still hear the beep.

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I have heard good things about MSR Sordin’s, by have no personal experience, and they are expensive. May be something for you to look into. For the price my Howard Leights have been ok. Nothing more or less. 

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I have the MSA Sordins with the Gel Ear Cups, and they are good.  Comfortable and well built.  However, the Pro Ears Gold that I have are still better for noise cancellation.

 

I wish they would combine the construction of the Sordins with the electronics of the Pro Ears.

 

I have also tried the Howard Leights... they're good and well constructed, but I prefer the other two over the HL Sports.

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Pro Ears Mag Gold, they are NRR30 comfortable and work great for shooting open. The only down side is they are very large so some don't like the look, but to be quiet they must be big.

 

 

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