Earplugs vs Earmuffs: Which Type of Protector Is Better?

Ear plugs vs ear muffs

Earmuffs and earplugs both have a place in my hearing protector arsenal because they offer unique benefits. With good earmuffs you generally get good, reliable noise reduction. You put on the muffs, adjust the headband, and can expect decent noise blocking. On the other hand, earplugs are more troublesome to fit properly, but can provide …

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Using a Lubricant to Insert Earplugs: The Secret Sauce to Getting the Perfect Seal

Using a Lubricant to Insert Earplugs

No two ears are the same. For example, I find it much easier to insert earplugs into my left ear than my right ear. Somehow my right ear canal is slightly twisted. I consider myself an experienced earplug user; I have used them for years and I know how to roll them up and insert …

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What Is the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) and How to Use It?

NRR Label mandated by EPA

When buying earplugs, earmuffs, and some noise-isolating earbuds, you will notice a label Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) together with a number. For example, 3M’s Peltor X5A earmuffs have an NRR of 31, while Howard Leight’s Max Lite earplugs have a comparable NRR of 30. What is the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR)? The NRR is a …

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