Earmuffs are designed to help protect your ears from loud noises. They can be used for recreational or occupational activities, but they must meet safety standards while still comfortable enough to wear during long periods.
There are several different types available:
- Electronic Earmuffs
Electronic earmuffs are the best for shooting ranges because they have an electronic noise cancellation feature. However, they can also be used when carrying out loud tasks like lawn mowing, using a saw or blow torch, etc. These earmuffs will amplify sounds that are not too intense and, at the same time, block dangerous sounds.
- Passive Earmuffs
Passive earmuffs are considered the safest because they do not have electronic noise cancellation features. These earmuff types protect your ears from loud sounds but at the same time cannot help with soft or moderate noises that you need to hear, like a person talking next to you, etc.
- Shooting Earplugs
Shooting earplugs look like a small tube and fit right in the opening of your ears. These allow you to carry out everyday tasks without having to worry too much about hearing protection, but at the same time, these do not protect well against loud noises because it can be pretty easy for sounds to slip past them into your ear canal.