After doing some long cutting sessions this weekend I’ve realized that the loudest part of my XXL setup is the actual cutting noise. I don’t really like wearing earplugs after a nasty ear infection years ago, and my current pair of “Mickey Mouse” ears are 20 something years old and pretty tired. So I started a little web search, and as I suspected ear muffs have come a long way. What I’m looking for now is a decent set of muffs with the following features and would like your suggestions:
Gotta be lightweight/comfortable. I’m used to wearing hearing protection for extended periods, but I know that if they’re heavy or don’t fit my biggish (XL helmet size) head, I simply won’t wear them and this whole exercise is pointless.
I’d like to come into the 21st century and add sound. I’d like AM/FM radio, and if possible Bluetooth. I don’t want to have to plug a cord in, we deal with things that spin and grab cords, I don’t see anything “safety” about protecting my ears, yet connecting a cord to my head that will undoubtedly at some point find itself wrapped around my lathe chuck or drill press. If I can’t afford Bluetooth, AM/FM is cool too.
Rechargeable if available. I know I can put rechargeable batteries in anything, but I won’t, then I’ll just have no sound. I will however remember to plug in rechargeable headphones, regular rechargeable AA batteries, not likely.
Cheap, I’m cheap, who doesn’t like to save a few bucks? If you can get Kobe beef cheaper than a burger at McDonalds, why wouldn’t you? I am trying to keep my budget around $50 or less. I can slide on that a little if the best fit is just a few dollars more, but I’d like to stay within a reasonable price.
I already have a spectacular set of expensive headphones for music listening when I’m not working, I’m looking for comfort/safety first, then AM/FM, then Bluetooth, rechargeable, and if they also sound ok then great.
I know I could build an enclosure too, but that isn’t within the scope of my current work space and I’d likely overbuild it and spend more on materials than a really great set of ear muffs. As another member stated, with muffs I won’t be able to hear the neighbors complaining either
Anybody have a favorite?