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    Electronic Ear Protection???

    I'm in need of some help in selecting Electronic Ear Protection for use at my local range. I wear hearing aids so I need something that will provide protection but still allow me to hear instructions/commands from the Range Safety Officers when I'm not wearing my hearing aids. I'm currently using Howard Leight "Impact Sport" model electronic earmuffs. They work OK but I would prefer something that would provide additional amplification. I don't want to spend a fortune but am willing to invest in a pair that better meet my needs.

    If there are any 'hearing impaired' folks out there who have solved this problem, I would appreciate some guidance.

    Thanks in advance for your input!!

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    Bob,
    While I cannot speak to what you should buy, I can tell you that the Howard Leight Impact Pro model will definitely NOT meet your needs. I had a pair of the impact sport and the amplification was much better. To be fair to the company I purchased my set of impact Pro's 5 years ago or so and maybe they have fixed the issue since then, but I am unable to hear well when I put plugs in and have the muffs over the plugs. I would consider having the plugs in equal to what a hearing impaired person might deal with as "normal" levels of sound. With the impact sport model I could hear the commands much more clearly.
    I am following this thread with interest as I have been wanting for a more amplified set of muffs as well. In the meantime I still feel good about my hearing protection levels with the howard leight products. I use the HL soft fluorescent orange plugs whenever I wear muffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerbob View Post
    I'm in need of some help in selecting Electronic Ear Protection for use at my local range. I wear hearing aids so I need something that will provide protection but still allow me to hear instructions/commands from the Range Safety Officers when I'm not wearing my hearing aids. I'm currently using Howard Leight "Impact Sport" model electronic earmuffs. They work OK but I would prefer something that would provide additional amplification. I don't want to spend a fortune but am willing to invest in a pair that better meet my needs.

    If there are any 'hearing impaired' folks out there who have solved this problem, I would appreciate some guidance.

    Thanks in advance for your input!!
    "Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): 22"

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    Not cheap but I use Pro Ears Gold NRR 30. I wear them with plugs and can hear range commands. I wish I had spent the money for a really good pair 40 years ago.

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    [PELTOR,, You get what you pay for.

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    walker excell

    I bought a set of walker excel 100s. Wear earplugs too and I can hear people talk. Wished Id done that years ago. I guess they didn't have electronic ear protection back then. I think I gave around 70 bucks for them. Doug

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    Electronic Ear Protection

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike clayton View Post
    Msa
    I also use MSA Sordin's with foamies. If I put the foamies in to their full extent, as designed, I cannot reliably hear range calls or my scorer and it is very quiet. If I loosely fit the foamies, the sound attenuation is better than muffs alone and I can increase the volume to hear/communicate normally. This combo has resulted in zero loss of hearing since instituted as evident in my annual audiologic testing; I cannot afford ANY additional loss at this point. I like the low profile of the MSA Sordin muff; it does not touch my cheekpiece at all when in position. I don't like the price....

    Robin

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    I wear hearing aids also, and had the same problem as you OP. Tried various types, and with the aids in ear or removed, Pro Ears (like Dave said) work the best for me. Not cheap.

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    Br549

    We use to stay at a motel in Fayette, Alabama when we shot there twice a year. The motel, "Journeys Inn" I think it was, offered us a dry place to sleep and that's about all. One night me and, I think, Bill Saxton got there very late and while checking in the lady (about 200 years old) asked for my license tag number. I didn't want to go look so I told her BR549. Without pause, she said..."That's the same as Junior Samples number". I said I'd go look and she replied that it didn't matter anyway as they just had that space on their registration form and she really didn't know why because they never needed it for anything!

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    That was funny. And yes, that's where I got the name.

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    I purchased the walker xcel after reading Doug's post, and they work as described. I was able to fully insert the howard light orange plugs, set the muffs to "power boost", and have a conversation with the Mrs.. I did get the gel foam inserts for the cups and then wore them for the next 2hrs while I was mowing. The walkers have a fairly strong inward force on my head, and I found my jaw getting a little tight after about an hour, but re-positioning the muffs slightly every so often helped. The NRR is 26 for these muffs, and I was not able to find the suppression chart like the MSA or howard leight's have. If the HL impact pros had better amplification I would have gladly purchased another set, but the Walkers will do nicely for now.

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    walker xcel

    I really like mine. I slammed the slide on a auto the other day and thought the slide didn't close. Oh yeah, I got my Walkers on. I still wear plugs when I mow maybe I don't have mine set right but all they tune out is a sudden blast like a gunshot. I don't know how they react that quick but they do. Too much for an old country boy to figure out. Money well spent. Doug

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    Funny you should mention the mower as I needed to wear plugs as well. There was a droning sound that crept in so I had to put plugs in, too.

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    I am very happy with my new purchase.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Tooley View Post
    Not cheap but I use Pro Ears Gold NRR 30. I wear them with plugs and can hear range commands. I wish I had spent the money for a really good pair 40 years ago.
    Thanks for the advice. I ordered a pair of Pro Ears Gold NRR 30 from Amazon after searching what was on the web and they work just great. With my hearing aids out and with ear plugs I could not hear anything. now I can hear clearly the sounds around me, yet the gunshots are muffled at least as much as with the earplugs.

    Dave, you were right on.

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