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Offline erock

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So I'm looking for hearing protection with Bluetooth technology.

At the moment I plug some earbuds into my Samsung cell phone, turn on Pandora and place my 3M hearing protection over the earbuds and cut the grass.

I'm tired of having the wire hang from my ears.  Plus, the earbuds can get annoying sometimes.   I may catch the wire on a branch or on my arm.  

So does anyone know of a good set of hearing protection with Bluetooth?

I want to be wireless.  So I don't want/need a set with a MP3 jack or AM/FM radio.   I did a quick search on Amazon and found tactical hearing protection, but they have a microphone

with them and a price tag that starts around $300  [scared].    

So if you're wearing hearing protection with Bluetooth, please share what brand and model your using.   Thanks guys!

Eric


edit: Title for better clarity.
« Last Edit: June 22, 2014, 05:51 PM by erock »

Offline wackt

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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2014, 05:58 PM »
I use Peltor ws alert xp, will mist likely be branded as 3M in US. But here in Sweden the are called Peltor. Works like a charm. Perfekt sound and perfekt protection. And you can talk in your phone att the same time as you ar using tour ts55. Not cheep, but really good. Just like festool ;-).

Offline gkaiseril

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2014, 06:54 PM »
At this price, it should come in green, Sensear IS Smart Muff].
« Last Edit: June 22, 2014, 06:58 PM by gkaiseril »
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Offline Hunter

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2014, 07:11 PM »
Mark (Wood Whisperer) covered a really good option in the May episode (youtube or podcast) called "Safety Upgrades".  Basically it's a pair of good ear muffs with a headphone jack, a small male to male headphe jack adapter that is solid (no cable), and a small bluetooth receiver.  I've switched to this setup and really like it too. No cables and sub $100 for high quality ear protection and good sound.

Hope this helps,
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Offline kelauben

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2014, 07:52 PM »
I've been using Blue Buds X from Jaybird. Awesome sound, thumping bass, does very well when I'm mowing, battery life is 8 hours or so. Doesn't require BTLE so it'll work with pretty much any BT device. And you can get an assortment of buds from a third party that's bound to have something comfortable. Plus they're lifetime guarrenteed against perspiration damage so you can workout with them. I use them when running, woodworking, yard work and even in the office. You can pick them up for as little as $119 from amazon prime warehouse for "like new" or $169 new but they do go on sale periodically for 25% off. I'd strongly recommend them. They've got an adjustable cord that can either lay on your neck or be adjusted so they fit against the back of your head. And setting them up is a no brainer. They even "talk" to you when the are powering up, powering down and connecting to a device.   Just my 0.02.

Offline erock

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2014, 09:37 PM »
At this price, it should come in green, Sensear IS Smart Muff].

George…..HOLLY COW!    [eek]   Yeah…..should come in green buddy!


So from the searching that I've been doing….Hearing protection with bluetooth is not an option, unless tactical hearing protection is used.  Which cost too much for what I'm using them for.


BUT bluetooth headphones are widely available.   

So I ordered a cheap pair of bluetooth headphones off Amazon.   I just hope they cancel enough of the surrounding noise (lawn mower) while I'm jamming to Whitney Houston,
Celine Dion and Metallica while cutting the grass. 

Thanks guys for sharing what you've been using.    The Blue Buds look cool, but I would like something that covers the ear for more noise cancelation.

I'll find out in a few days if the  Photive BTH3 headphones work out.   

Eric

Offline John Broomall

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2014, 10:19 PM »
Try the Ryobi Tek 4 hearing protector. It provides good sound reduction and has an input for phone, iPod, or whatever. It is a wired connection so I use short coiled cable between a shirt pocket and the unit that doesn't get caught on anything when mowing or woodworking. It's under $40 and it's green.

Offline lumbajac

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2014, 10:51 PM »
Try the Ryobi Tek 4 hearing protector. It provides good sound reduction and has an input for phone, iPod, or whatever. It is a wired connection so I use short coiled cable between a shirt pocket and the unit that doesn't get caught on anything when mowing or woodworking. It's under $40 and it's green.

I too went with the Ryobi Tek 4 and am happy I did for $40 (from HD online).  Not as high a volume level as I'd like, but acceptable.  I like that I can have the mic on to whatever sensitivity I choose so I can here kids upstairs, doorbell ring, whatever... or I can mute it all right out.  I tend to turn mic up slightly to be able to hear pitch of bandsaw or TS75 or whatever to gauge appropriate feed rate, but turn it off for sanding.
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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2014, 03:28 AM »
If you're not is a mad rush the Earin project on Kickstarter would have just the phones for you...
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Offline Jon Hilgenberg

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2014, 05:49 AM »
I use the LG HBS-730 headphones.  Battery life is all day, and they actually cancel noise out fairly well.  If I don't have them in and I turn my table saw on, the noise actually "hurts" since I'm so used to having them on during the day.  I also use a gas trimmer when I do yard work, and there's no way I would ever use the trimmer without ear protection.  But the headphones do the trick, and I can still hear the music quite well.
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Offline lambeater

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2014, 08:43 AM »
Was in the same boat as you, wanted some for work to kill off the nasty country music so I could listen to my favourite NZ rock station but found nothing cheap. Finally ordered some Howard Leight sync with built in speakers and a small blue tooth adapter from jumbl that plugs in direct. Should have them here this week to test.

Offline Hunter

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2014, 09:29 AM »
Was in the same boat as you, wanted some for work to kill off the nasty country music so I could listen to my favourite NZ rock station but found nothing cheap. Finally ordered some Howard Leight sync with built in speakers and a small blue tooth adapter from jumbl that plugs in direct. Should have them here this week to test.

That's the setup I use, I think you'll enjoy it.  Good protection and no wires to get tangled or yanked.
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Offline gkaiseril

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2014, 04:37 PM »
One could also take some ear muffs and add the Bluetooth and speakers into ear muffs.

DIY Supper Noise Canceling Headphones

I am not sure if the headphones used are OSHA approved.

Just get some OSHA earmuffs and add the guts of a Bluetooth headset.
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Offline kelauben

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2014, 04:53 PM »
....   while I'm jamming to Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Metallica .....

Now that's a combination I don't think I've ever seen before....

Offline Asterix

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2014, 04:14 PM »
Hi Eric,

First of all. Nice job with the kitchen!

I'm using Peltor Litecom hearing protection and they are the best.

BT is working really well. For my work I often need to communicate via radio which also has a very good quality.

For me Peltors are the best for more then 2 decades.

I'm often working in the workshop and keeping the headset on while listening to the radio via BT. Can still hear everything around me.

In general for most hearing protection the worst thing is that they block everything around you. Also when others try to warn you. With the peltors I can hear everything around me but still protect my ears, make phone call when on heavy equipment without the other side even knowing that I'm on a job site.

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Offline kevinon8

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2017, 08:22 AM »
nerdnod has a good write-up on several different options.  They are recommending the 3M Worktunes that run about $70.

https://nerdnod.com/reviews/best-bluetooth-hearing-protection-buyers-guide

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2017, 08:32 AM »
Check these out:
ISOTunes

Offline JJ Wavra

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2017, 09:13 AM »
I purchased these a couple of weeks ago and thus far have been very happy.  With a rechargeable battery and the price at $50 I have been pleases.  The sound is pretty good and they are comfortable.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0723CYHPZ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2017, 01:22 AM »
I purchased these a couple of weeks ago and thus far have been very happy.  With a rechargeable battery and the price at $50 I have been pleases.  The sound is pretty good and they are comfortable.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0723CYHPZ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Man, cant believe I missed those. They look perfect. Ordering a set now. Thanks for posting that!
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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #20 on: October 30, 2017, 04:47 PM »
I've just ordered these Hellberg 2H Synergy from coolsafety.nl, ear muffs with radio, bluetooth and microphone with noise suppressor. And another big plus is that it works with AA batteries, others I found all had built in batteries. I wear these nearly all day, I can't stop working 8 hours so it can recharge.

http://www.hellbergsafety.com/electronic-earmuffs/headband-synergy/

https://coolsafety.nl/product_info/products_id-19093.html

I have been using relatively cheap, but comfortable Howard Leigh ear muffs with built in radio for over 7 years now, couldn't do without.
But now that I have the Sysrock as shop radio I sometimes find myself watching youtube etc on the laptop during boring tasks, usually in the evening and using the sysrock as a speaker via bluetooth since laptops are barely audible from a distance.
My problem is that I'm still missing out parts as soon as I make noise or have to put on the muffs. So I went looking for ones with bluetooth and found these. Reviews were all very positive.

I'm not sure if I want to use the microphone to take calls while working, but it's true that it could be handy. I miss most of my calls during the work hours because I don't hear the tone or feel the vibration.


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Offline mikeyr

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #21 on: October 31, 2017, 12:59 PM »
I went the other way and went to electronic shooting protection ear muffs. NOT bluetooth but turn on the garage radio, put the muffs on and they amplify the music in the garage, then when a loud noise comes on like table saw or router, they immediately shut off the sound.  That actually worked quite well but my ears would get all sweaty after a few hours.

 I broke the piggy bank and went with the Stealth from ESP America, super expensive ($2,000 when I bought them) and worth every penny.  I wear them all day in the shop and have gone to bed with them in my ear because I forgot to take them out.  I do yard work with them, I ride my motorcycle with them and of course I shoot.  Talk to him, he has a "industrial" option that makes the cut-off at 85DB instead of 90, I went with that for the shop tools, he also has a bluetooth option but I find I don't need it, I just turn on the shop radio and can keep the radio not too loud and have it amplified.
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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #23 on: October 31, 2017, 05:18 PM »
I went the other way and went to electronic shooting protection ear muffs. NOT bluetooth but turn on the garage radio, put the muffs on and they amplify the music in the garage, then when a loud noise comes on like table saw or router, they immediately shut off the sound.  That actually worked quite well but my ears would get all sweaty after a few hours.

I use the Howard Leight R-01902 earmuffs in the shop.  I can run music from my phone if I so desire.  They clip noise over 82 dB.  So I get sweaty.  As they say, BFD!  That's what showers are for... 
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Offline ChuckM

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Re: Looking for Bluetooth hearing protection recommendation.
« Reply #24 on: October 31, 2017, 08:06 PM »
For best comfort (especially in winter when the shop is cold) and protection, I now use this: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=53610&cat=1,42207,42227,53610