You Need to Know About Safety Ear Muffs
Okay, before proceeding to order, you gotta understand the product properly. First of all, you need to know certain facts about safety ear muffs and here they are:
What are Safety Ear Muffs?
So, what are ear muffs? And why are they so important?
Ear muff is a device with two earcups/cushions and a headband that serves for hearing protection or cold prevention. In a word, it’s an ear protector.
There are several types of ear protectors out there, if you ask; but ear muffs are the best of all. Because safety ear muffs fight better against noise than ear plugs do. They come with the capacity of both noise cancellation and amplification. Some ear muffs are highly engineered for communication convenience. You can use them to get a standard decibel suppression rate, which matters a lot for hearing safety. Sometimes they feature audio jacks for connecting other individual audio devices. Some muffs have wireless signal privilege as well. In short, safety ear muffs offer a lot more than you can imagine to see in your ear….or I should say, safety ear muffs work as hearing protector.
And it doesn’t end here! They are not just some brilliant hearing protectors, they work as good warmers as well. Ear muffs are the most potential protector when you need something to protect your ears from biting cold.
So, let it be loud noise, gun shots or foggy December morning; ear muffs are your standard solution to all. And that’s why they are recommended so frequently.
Know the Frequencies
When your ears are exposed to a loud environment, know that the decibel there is much more higher than a normal environment. Higher decibel results in hearing loss. Hearing protection-giving ear muffs are engineered to suppress the high decibel rate of a noisy place to keep your ears within a normal decibel rate. This system is called Noise Reduction Rating (NRR).
Decibel rate is different in variant places. The sound frequencies of an air base and a shooting zone are never gonna be the same. That’s why the NRR isn’t same in all ear muffs.
This is the reason why you gotta understand the frequencies properly. Before selecting the safety ear muffs, you have to know-
- What is frequency?
- What are decibel and Hz?
- What is the frequency rating of the place you need the ear muffs for?
- What suppression rating will be the most helpful for that?
These terms will help you to find the proper noise cancellation muffs. For basic noise reduction and gunshot sound prevention, 22-24 dB are claimed as the standard NRR. But higher, the better.
Know the Types
Yes, the types, another most important fact. I’ve already said that all ear muffs aren’t the same. Manufacturers have engineered them in several ways for several purposes. So, the ear muffs intended for one purpose will never give a good result any other way. You gotta choose the one that suits you the most.
That’s why you gotta know the types. The types are decided keeping a lot of recquirements in mind. The frequency capacity, noise reduction rating, noise cancellation/sealing capacity, audio device connectivity, thermal quality, heat, user’s ear and head size: ear muffs are manufactured differently based on these facts. These facts decide their individuality. One kind, which is meant for hunting trip, will never work well in a loud concert. Again, if you buy thermal ear muffs, you can never expect noise cancellation advantage from them. So, knowing the differences is very important. Otherwise, there’s a sheer possibility of buying the wrong one.
Noise reduction rating is not same in all hearing protection giving ear muffs. So, you gotta be very careful about that. It’s been already said that frequency level goes up and down with environments. That’s why ear muffs are engineered individually with several NRRs. A safety ear muff with certain dB/Hz capacity can’t cover higher ratings. So, if you buy an ear muff with 23 dB NRR for heavy military operations, it most probably won’t deliver the desired result. Again, if an ear muff with 34 dB is purchased and used in a convention, the performance will result in noise concealment instead of reduction. So, you gotta take the frequencies seriously.
Now, here comes the most discussed issue in a purchase plan, the budget. We know the value of your earnings and we don’t wish for the wrong investment of that. So here are some advices for you:
If you’re trying to pass with a short budget, that’s fine, no need to hesitate about that. However, there’s a common myth about low price- the product is never good when it’s bought in a cheap rate. Hell no! It’s not true, not in every case! Sure, if you try to find a ‘back-to-the-future’ like flying capacity with 60’s Volkswagen’s price, obviously that will never work. But if your demand is rational, you can actually find a pretty good deal in low cost.
However, here’s a thing. If you’re looking for electronic safety ear muffs, the one with too many features is always gonna be costly. So, try to come to a negotiation- Do you really need those fancy features? Or just standard electronic mechanism will be enough? Yes, a good negotiation will help you to bag the demanded product within your budget.
If you’re not ready to spend a buck more than a fixed amount, go with the simple muffs. Good quality muffs with less complicated features are always cheap. But for higher NRR and more features, you may consider a higher budget. Because materials and technology application do cost a lot. So it’s silly to expect to get them in a low price. Yes, you can still get them spending less money, but those ear muffs won’t be durable. So, for the best result, go with the simplest for small budget; otherwise you have to increase the amount a bit.
And negotiate. A good negotiation with yourself is always important before selecting a product. Ask yourself, are the features worth your money? Do you really need this one? Or other one would be better? Should the budget be increased a little more? Which one would be the best for the rate? Are you getting everything you need in this ear muff? Yes, ask yourself these questions and find the answers. These answers will help you all the way to a wise investment.
Features and Specs
Which one will be the best ear muff for you? The one that will fulfill all your needs.
But how are you supposed to know if it’s gonna fulfill your needs or not?
Simple! You can easily know it from the ear muff’s specs and features.
You can learn about the ear muff’s ability from its features. And from them, you can easily confirm its utility. When you’re looking for a thermal ear muff, you will look for the heat providing features. Because they indicate towards its thermal capability. Or you may want radio connectivity privilege in your desired electronic muff. You can know if an electronic ear muff has this ability by learning its features.
Specs will let you know what the ear muff holds in it. These will help you to confirm your requirements properly. Moreover, they will tell you if the ear muff is gonna suit you or not.
Always read the features and specs, otherwise you’ll end up buying the wrong one. In this case, buying from online store favors you more than direct shopping in Target, IKEA, Walmart or other retailers. Because when you’re browsing online, products are always presented with their features being discussed elaborately, which helps you to choose better.
Online Shopping Tips
Well, if you decide to order safety ear muffs online, here are few things that you should keep in mind:
- You can’t inspect the muffs practically, so better focus on their features sharply.
- Some things are not discussed in feature description, so read FAQs as well.
- If you still have any question in mind, ask an user. You can ask one easily on Amazon. All you gotta do is click on the product’s page, go to the Q/A section and drop your question.
- You’ll see user reviews on the product’s page. Read some of the reviews to get a good idea of the product’s pros and cons. You should read our reviews too. You’ll find there everything you need to know about the ear muffs.
- Try to go for the best-selling products. Because best-selling products always offer a divine quality. (I mean, that’s why they sell so good!)
- If you like an ear muff but the price is out of your league, don’t worry. Wait for some more days, when the stock is near empty, they cost less. But this advice is only applicable if you have time to wait longer for the product.
- If you’ve already confirmed which type of ear muff you need, what the specs should offer, what price range should be followed; then match your recquirements with the products and choose.
- If an ear muff set offers a lot more appealing features than you demand, go for it if you can manage the cost.
- Always shop from stores that have a return policy; in case, if they send you a faulty one, you will be able to replace it. Speaking of that, it’s better if you shop from Amazon, because they have an excellent return policy.
- Look for the warranty if possible. Because a good warranty will give you some months of good servicing in case you need it.
Follow these tips and your online shopping experience will be hundred times better than outside shopping experience.