I have a set of Radians. They work great however, I find that I forget to
turn them off and run the batteries down. When on and properly adjusted you
hear normal sounds up until a loud noise and then they work like regular
hearing protectors, they muffle every thing.
If I were to do it again I think I would prefer to have a set that cancels
loud sounds and plays music. I normally listen to music anyway so music
from the hearing protectors should not be a distraction.
I've found that music is a distraction simply because I like to listen to
the music. That loses some degree of concentration on what I'm doing,
whether it be working in the shop or driving.
If you can work without losing any concentration, you aren't listening to
the music anyway - you might as well not have it.
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
I've been using these for several years. I like the ability to wear the
"head" band *behind* my head in case I'm also wearing a face shield.
I'm with Larry, I work in the shop as a means of putting the square
pegs back in the square holes and the round pegs in the round holes.
The rest get swept up and dumped.
Tried having a radio set to an NPR station for awhile, but it soon
became little more than background noise and turned it off.
Peace and quiet are WONDERFUL.
Tool noise excluded.
I consider the sound of a power tool to be a warning to pay *extra*
attention, so the last thing I need is music loud enough to distract me from
what I'm doing. I keep a small radio in the shop that becomes inaudible if
I'm wearing the earmuff-style hearing protectors I use with noisy power
tools, it's a nice balanced system.
Depends on how much "cancelling" you want to do. Short of standing
next to the muzzle of a 300 Winchester magnum or near a F4 Phantom jet
with afterburners kicked in, I get by with EAR foam ear plugs
(Classic). These have flat ends. Rounded ends are near useless, at
least in my ears.
Any more cancelling, as in the two exceptions above, I still use the
EAR plugs, but add muffs. Stay away from the mechanical "filtered"
ear plugs, as they are junk and a waste of money. When it comes to
muffs, you can go crazy, from HFT cheapos --which work just fine-- to
$300 titanium electronic laser guided satellite linked nonsense. Your
ears, your money. ;)
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