A while ago, I wrote about my favorite ear muffs, which were Peltor H10A’s. Then, I posted about the 3M/Peltor Ultimate 10 ear muffs in the midst of a holiday sale last winter. I’m pretty sure both are the same, with a 30 dB NRR (noise reduction rating), but with different color ear cups.
I sometimes wear AOSafety earplugs, but only if ear muffs are too bulky to wear with a face mask, face shield, goggles, or other personal safety equipment I’m donning. Those are rated to 32 NRR.
3M bought Aearo Technologies, the parent company of both Peltor and AOSafety, back in 2007. This isn’t important to the context of this post, but I thought you’d find it interesting. Former Peltor and AOSafety hearing protection products and other PPE products now fall under 3M and/or Tekk branding.
What are your favorite hearing protection products?
If you’re lacking in the hearing protection department, consider our favorites:
I was recently intrigued by Dewalt earplugs I saw at a recent media event. You can see them at the bottom of my Dewalt mechanics and hand tool coverage post here. Radians, which makes a lot of Dewalt’s safety products, offers something similar (200 pack for $22 via Amazon) that I might pick up once I run out of 3M earplugs.
Now, here are a few words from my son. And no, these are not child-sized ear muffs, which some brands do make.
Did you know that hearing loss, due to high volume noise over time, or even a short period, is irreversible? It’s also often preventable. This is a serious matter.
Got it? Great!