"Up to 14 hrs a day, I have an issue at a loud work noise environment."
I work on a road rebuilding company. Up 14 hrs a day I have an issue at a loud work noise environment. I drive a tandem water truck. I deal with traffic noise, pump noise, and all kinds of machinery from bulldozers to gravel trucks. But the noisiest of them all is the milling machines which grind up the road and have 2 powerful Diesel engines powering them.
I wear the yellow foam ear plugs supplied by the company and although it helps, I cannot hear anything my coworkers are saying. Consistently taking them in and out throughout the day only to half hear parts of conversations...
I am looking for something that is hearing ear protection but also kills background noise which is my biggest problems... And then lets me hear soft sounds people's voices etc. Important noises like hose dragging engine knock etc. What do you have to offer?
The least expensive solution would be a highly rated electronic shooting ear muff, worn over foam ear plugs - or perhaps even worn over a shooting plug with a convertible valve, such as the Combat Arms Gen 4. With such a setup, it will be possible to turn up the volume on the earmuffs so that low sounds get amplified enough to hear them through the ear plugs. And when the external noise is not at maximum, the valves on the earplugs can be opened, and the volume on the electronics can be turned down.
This two-part setup will ensure you remain able to hear safe sounds like voices, so you will not have to take out your ear plugs to have conversations with people. And all that background noise will be blocked out, so you can work in peace, knowing your hearing is safe. The double layer of protection makes this approach strong enough to stand up to very high levels of industrial noise from engines, machinery, etc.
This is all assuming the background noise you deal with is at or above 110 dB. If for whatever reason it is not (and most likely it is not, other than when right next to a milling machine...), it might even be possible to use a Bluetooth electronic ear muff (scroll down to the end of the list for several options) for even better hearing, while even being able to listen to music or take phone calls.
Until next time, be safe and do the right thing.
Tom Bergman, Vice President
Ear Plug Superstore