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Your advice on buying Hearing Protection - what's best practice, best tools here?

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So I'm preparing to purchase a nail gun, the Paslode IM360Ci.

What's the best way to protect your hearing? Any advice is appreciated!


Here are the stats: the nail gun has a dB(A) rating of 109 and I'd guess a more relevant stat of 138 dB(A) for the sound pressure level.


Probably not as high as a real gun but then it's being fired all day long so...


I was currently running with getting some gunshot ear plugs and then covering them up with the 3M Peltor III, but is there something I should be aware of?

This is what I've used for 25 (post #216132, reply #1 of 3)

This is what I've used for 25 years. The best hearing protection is what you have when you need it. A pair of big muffsain your truck do you no good. I put these around my neck when I get dressed every morning, 7 days a week so I always have good hearing protection. The impact sounds from a nail gun are the worse thing you can do to your hearing so please were something.  I usually lose these before I wear them out.

Florida Licensed Building Contractor, 50 years experience in commercial remodeling, new homes, home remodeling and repairs and all types building maintenance.

Convenience is a good point, (post #216132, reply #3 of 3)

Convenience is a good point, I'm adding some corded earplugs to the shopping cart.


I have a Peltor Optime III earmuff which is 35 dB, when combined with 39 dB corded earplugs that should give me 40-44 dB of protection according to The Internet.


I don't know about the impulse effect from a nail gun - but this should protect me from Jill Drake

"The loudest verified scream emitted by a human measured 129 dBA, a record set by teaching assistant Jill Drake in 2000"

just do it..... (post #216132, reply #2 of 3)

Best is the one you will consistently use. That probably depends on your personality.

My wildman personality has helped me lose much of my hearing.