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Tool: SG-31 Lightweight hearing protection strap
MSRP: $ 24.99
BBefore reading why these SensGard hearing protectors are so good, consider if you share some of the problems I have had with other hearing protectors.
I don’t like putting things in my ear canals, like foam plugs that need to be compressed with often dirty fingers, then jammed uncomfortably, only to loosen later. The various silicone stoppers, even those with a high-tech design, are still stuck in the ear canal like a cork stopper in a wine bottle. I find them unpleasant, especially for intermittent use in the carpentry shop.
Headphones are bulky, they tend to hit things and sweat. Worse still, despite their soft padding, the sleeves tighten the arms of the temples of my glasses against my skull. It doesn’t take long before I choose the noise on the headache.
SensGard ear chambers solve all these problems while offering significant noise reduction. The replaceable foam cuffs (it is good to have extras on hand; they can get dirty) of these incredibly light protectors comfortably surround the entrance to the ear canal: they are not blocked. The side parts twirl the arms of my spectacle temple – no more pain in the skull. They turn on and off easily and can hang on the neck or fold compactly to put it in a pocket.
The deceptively simple plastic side pieces actually use sophisticated acoustic technology. The noise reduction level of this model is 31 decibels, but the quality of the noise reduction is even more advantageous. When I first wore SensGards while making my screaming bench thickness planer, I was amazed at the dramatic noise reduction. I could still hear important shop sounds like speech.
It is important to wear them according to the simple instructions of the package. – Rob Porcaro
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