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Noise cancellation

Does anyone use noise-cancellation ear protectors and have recommendations?  I was thinking of earbuds, as I use a quad bike sometimes, with a helmet that would get in the way of standard ear protectors.  I also usually wear a hat (my bald head gets cold, scratched on low branches etc, or sunburnt otherwise) and the simple and cheap ear protectors that I use are joined by a plastic band that can go behind my head, instead of under or over a hat.  

Thanks, in anticipation...........................

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    I use my Stihl Bluetooth noise cancelling ear defenders over my green hoodie on a 45 hp John Deere 1445. I can hear the music and nothing of the engine

    yes my head still gets burnt in the summer 

    • Thanks Luke.  I was beginning to think that nobody would reply.  Perhaps many don't understand the difference between noise insulation, and noise cancellation.

      I thought that some of the employers using this site would have had something to say on this subject.  I'll checkout the Stihl equipment.  Noise cancelling equipment on general sale varies in price from a tenner to hundreds of pounds.

      Thanks again.

  • My brother in law uses ear plugs on his quad, and often under muffs when using hand machinery too. 

    I've banned it when working with me as he can't hear a thing which I seem unsafe.

    Makes sense in a lot of ways when you need to wear a hat though

  • PRO

    You actually need to wear gloves on your hands to protect your hearing, because your ears may be damaged by the vibration transmitted through your arms.

    And yes, you may need ear plugs under ear defenders. Though my instructor did manage to sneak up behind me whilst I was doing the brush cutter training course and working on a fairly steep bank, so got advised to be more spatially aware.

  • Thanks.  My understanding of noise cancellation is that it can be selective as to the wavelength of the noises that it cancels.  This means that people on planes or in cars or, in our case, using machinery, don't hear the regular noise of that machinery, but can hear people talking etc. This is done electronically.  Noise insulation describes the simple and passive insulation that we put over or in our ears and physically muffles the noise.  

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