Stop That Noise!
Field & Stream, April 2013
By: T. Edward Nickens
The Lowdown – With a noise reduction rating (NRR) of up to 32 decibels, these ubiquitous Ear Plugs make high-repetition shooting safe and comfortable. The low-pressure polyurethane memory foam compresses easily and re-forms in the ear canal for a tight fit that blunts sounds. Covered with a skin of slick material, they are easier to insert and more comfortable to wear than bargain-basement PVC stopples.
Hits – They are easy to use and inexpensive, and they work.
Misses – Proper insertion takes two hands and more time than you have when ducks are coming in. Once inserted, they render you practically deaf.
Who Should Buy – The hunter who needs the least costly solution – but everyone should carry them as backups. I keep foam Ear Plugs stashed in jacket pockets, blind bags, and gun cases.