There arc lots of distractions in a busy shop. Hearing protectors seal them all out so 1 can concentrate on what I'm doing. Many woodworkers may think they're unnecessary, but it may only lake five minutes running a router without hearing protection to permanently impair your hearing.
The Leight hearing protectors are my favorites. They have a very high decibel rating—up to 31 decibel reduction— but are still comfortable to wear. They're part of my woodworking uniform. They're expensive, but using cheap hearing protectors would be like buying cheap tools. Try putting a price on your ears.
Model QM29,29 decibel NRR (Noise Reduction Rating): $25
Model LM-777, 31 decibel NRR: $26.50
Howard Leight Hearing Protection
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