What do you do if you are on a road trip with someone who likes to play music really loud -- especially if it's a genre you don't particularly like yourself?
Upon our return, I started to Google furiously. Initially, I honed in on a pair of 3M Peltor H10A Optime 105 Earmuffs from Amazon. These weigh in at 12.3 ounces, have an NRR (noise reduction rating) of 30dB, and are an absolute bargain at only $21.61.
However, I then ran across a pair of 3M Peltor X5A Earmuffs as illustrated below. On the one hand, these are a little more boring to look at. They are also a tad more expensive at $25.92. But their main claim to fame is that they boast an NRR of 31dB.
Of course, you might be tempted to ask, "What's the big deal -- what's 1dB between friends?" All I can say in response is that -- when it comes to my listening to Christian rock -- every extra dB of noise reduction is worth its weight in gold.
These little scamps arrived at my office yesterday. I immediately put them on and took them for a stroll around the building. It was wonderful -- I couldn’t hear a thing. While I was perambulating along, my chum Paul saw me scampering past his office, and he came out to see what all the fuss was about.
When I explained about my noise-reducing earmuffs, Paul begged to try them on. He explained that he has a large ride-on mower. (He and his wife own a pretty big property out in the county.) His usual modus operandi while mowing the yard is to crank his Bluetooth earbuds up to full volume, which obviously does not bode well for his long-term hearing.
As you can see in the image above, Paul actually has his earbuds on under my earmuffs. He says that he can now run these at a low volume and that the quality of the sound is incredible. The last I saw of Paul, he was bounding into his office crying, "I've got to get me some of these!"
But wait, there's more … I took my earmuffs home. Yesterday evening, while Gina was watching some dross called Dance Moms on TV, I whipped out my trusty little beauties and slapped them on my head and … it was like being transported to another world. (The strange writhing that ensued in my seat can be attributed to my performing my happy dance while remaining in a reclined position.)
In conclusion, I'm delighted to report that all is now "peachy" in the Land of Max (where the colors are brighter, the butterflies are bigger, the birds sing sweeter, and the beer is plentiful and cold). How about you -- do you think you might be tempted to invest in a pair of these little rascals?
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting