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#7160121 - 12/09/12 Sound Sensor hearing protection by Allen.
Savage_99 Offline
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Registered: 09/01/03
Posts: 14355
Has anyone tried the Allen Sound Sensor hearing protection yet and how do you like it?

I saw them for the first time today in a shop. The price was over $20 ea.

Allen Sound Sensor
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Savage_99 Offlin

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Keep a lookout for one already finished and for sale.

I have never been disappointed with how they turned out! The delivery is also much better.

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#7252871 - 01/01/13 Re: Sound Sensor hearing protection by Allen. [Re: Savage_99]
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#7318299 - 01/16/13 Re: Sound Sensor hearing protection by Allen. [Re: Savage_99]
Stuart Offline
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Registered: 07/31/06
Posts: 258
Loc: Wet Coast
Lee Valley Tools sells a virtually identical product called Zem Hearing Protectors. I was sceptical but decided to give them a try. IMHO, a waste of money. They didn't sit comfortably on my head and were too light to stay on while doing any sort of physical exertion (chain saw, circular saw etc.) In addition, I flatly don't believe the NRR rating, which for the Zem anyway is a claimed 26dB. They just sit on your ear and don't provide any sort of real seal.

I use custom moulded in-ear plugs which I find really good unless I'm on the range and there are a bunch of other shooters on the line.

Hickock45 ("Your internet shooting channel") uses Howard Leight QB2HYG banded plugs ( Link here )and seems to find them satisfactory. Hard to argue with a guy who shoots as much as he does! I use them (and the very similar QB1HYG) for power tools and would use them with guns in a pinch, but I'd recommend in-ear plugs, like the Howard Leight "Quiet" plugs, ( Link here ) or muffs if you really want protection.
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#7361783 - 01/25/13 Re: Sound Sensor hearing protection by Allen. [Re: Stuart]
LostHighway Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 07/08/03
Posts: 2123
Loc: Golden, Co
Second the Howard light banded style. I used them on a weekly basis, much more conventant than the plugs to use. Was introduce to them years ago from a friend that worked for Frontier Airlines. That is what they issued to employees. Half the price of the Allen. The stems that hold the changeable plugs do break, but I drilled out a hole and epoxie a cut finish nail in where the old stem was. They come with an extra pair of plugs. They are a yoke design make sure the angle is pointing forward.

Edited by LostHighway (01/25/13)
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