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    What type of hearing Protection do you recommend for an indoor range? Been renting ear must at range and have decided to buy some for better protection.

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    Front sight required electronic protection. I have some electronic muffs but I went ahead and purchased a pair of Sport Ear which are custom made and also act as hearing aids - I kinda blew out my ears shooting as a kid (Nobody even worried about it back then) and these have 4 settings which are custom designed to compensate for my hearing loss. Setting #1 for normal hearing, #2 is enhanced, #3 is for shooting and #4 is for heightened sensitivity so when in the wilds you have "super hearing". They instantly protect my ears from explosive sounds. It is nice to not have to worry about the muffs when I go shooting now.
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    A vote for the electronic muffs. I think I paid around 60 bucks for mine. Not the most expensive ones on the market but not the cheapest either. They are low profile so they don't get in the way that often. The one thing I like about them is they enhance the quieter sounds you normally don't pay attention to. You can even hear your brass hitting the floor. I wear mine when I am out in the woods.
    Here's what they look like: Peltor Tactical 6S 97044-00000 Electronic Shooter's Ear Muffs (NRR 19) - Electronic Shooting Ear Muffs
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  5. These look pretty interesting. I will check these out further

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    Quote Originally Posted by farsidefan1 View Post
    Front sight required electronic protection. I have some electronic muffs but I went ahead and purchased a pair of Sport Ear which are custom made and also act as hearing aids - I kinda blew out my ears shooting as a kid (Nobody even worried about it back then) and these have 4 settings which are custom designed to compensate for my hearing loss. Setting #1 for normal hearing, #2 is enhanced, #3 is for shooting and #4 is for heightened sensitivity so when in the wilds you have "super hearing". They instantly protect my ears from explosive sounds. It is nice to not have to worry about the muffs when I go shooting now.
    They sound hmmm great! What, if you don't mind, did they set you back?

    Electronic for sure is the way to go. Wife and I use Pro Ears Gold. I bought hers in Pink Camo. They are in the $285 range.
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    I double stack (pun intended). I use an insert and then I wear Walker's Electronic Muffs. This way I can hear range commands but I have extra hearing protection too.

    Walkers Alpha Power Muffs Electronic Hearing Protection & Enhancement FREE S&H GWP-WREPMBN. Walkers Hearing Enhancers.

    Each muff is individual powered and controlled so you can turn down or up depending on your particular situation.

    I also use these muffs when hunting. You can hear things much better and has helped me notice a far off deer because I could hear it.
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    I lost a lot of hearing from the military and now use in the ear plugs and electronic ear muffs. Most of the electronic muffs are rated at around 22 dec reduction, in the ear plugs are up around 33 dec reduction which would give you about a total of 37 dec reduction. I will do what ever it takes to save what I have left.

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    The sport ear I purchased is one of the higher end units - expensive for ear protection - cheap for hearing aids - cost about $1,200. As I said, they are digitally programmed for my specific hearing loss and custom fitted. It took a couple of weeks for delivery after measurements were taken. I wear them about 60% of the time. My wife loves that the tv volume is set lower and she doesn't have to raise her voice so much to talk to me. On the down side I still have trouble in crowded environments (ie. some restaurants). Usually one of the 4 settings works for where ever I am.
    Setting 1 is described as standard shooting mode, it enhances my hearing so wife is happy.
    2 is hunting mode. Louder than 1.
    3 is Premium hearing enhancement. This is what I use when out in wild listening for wildlife (not bars :)
    4 is called machine gun mode/fast attack. Highest compression setting.

    All settings offer protection from normal shooting. Protection kicks in as the sharp sounds hit the sport ear. Seems to work well for me but it is probably overkill unless you need the hearing enhancement full time.
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    Indoors: Foam plugs always, regular muffs over plugs when shooting.

    Outdoors: Just the muffs.

    Total spent: $20

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    How much do you want to spend? You can get non-electronic ones at Harbor freight for $10-15. The Peltor 6s mentioned above are on sale right now at Amazon for roughly $60. I bought a set of Howard Leight electronic muffs at Amazon several years ago for a class at Tactical Response. I paid $50, and they are still on their first set of batteries. I just ordered another set this week for my wife - they are still under $50.
    Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Electronic Earmuff - Amazon.com
    Comfortable and effective - recommended.
    I am 60 and hearing is going, so I turn the stereo mikes all the way up and can hear range commands and my wife, but gunshots are not annoying or painful.

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