I'm not going to do a comparison of non-electronic, basic hearing protection for shooters.
It was my original intention to do so, but my research and practical use of the products has driven me to a very simple, straightforward option that I am going to share with you.
For all the thousands of options that are available to shooters for hearing protection, the one that I have been using was the Browning Buckmark black 31NRR earmuffs. Retailing at about $30-ish dollars, they worked great and had some of the highest noise reduction ratings for a low-profile muff out there today. I recommended them to everyone.
But I was wrong.
For you see, I fell into the marketing trap that so many of us do and didn't bother to do the research and see if Browning actually manufactured these muffs or just slapped their name on the work of another company.
Pyramex PM5010 Folding Ear Muffs NRR 31 are the same exact hearing protection but without the Browning name on them.
The cost? $10.00 on Amazon with free shipping. So that means you can buy three of these muffs for the same cost of one of the exact same low-profile muffs with the Browning logo painted on them.
Don't take your hearing protection lightly. Noise reduction ratings are the primary factor when buying protective muffs. Anything below a 27 NRR is effectively worthless when it comes to shooting unless you are only in the vicinity of a shooting sport or using a chainsaw or leaf blower.
Remember--once hearing damage occurs (and it does occur incrementally) then you cannot get it back. There is no "cure" from hearing loss and it does not heal once damaged. A NRR of thirty or better is the only protection I use for myself and my family--and I'f im shooting indoors where the sounds are magnified then I will "double plug" with the soft, foam earplugs you can get in any drugstore for a few bucks or my custom silicone earplugs that were made for me AND THEN place the muffs over my plugged ears.
Don't take chances with your hearing--especially with young shooters--you don't get second chances.
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