I’ve used earplugs to sleep for years. But in some environments, you need something a little more heavy duty. So back in 2017, I scoured Amazon for a decent pair of ear muffs. I came up with these from ClearArmor.
They served me well for over 2 years, providing outstanding protection – a 31 decibel noise reduction rating. They’re great for all sorts of noisy environments, but I like them best when I need to concentrate on something without distraction. I’m wearing them now to write this, while my young daughter (who should be going to sleep by now) is howling about going to bed when she wants to stay up all night. I barely hear a thing. And they’re comfortable enough to wear for hours.
A couple of downsides: To provide the high noise reduction rating, they fit rather snugly – some would even say too tightly. You can stretch them out a bit to reduce the snug fit, and more recent versions have more comfortable padding around the ears. (The problem is all but gone in the 2019 version of the ear muffs.) Second, they can get hot after a couple of hours.
They also broke after 2 years of almost daily use (I dropped them by accident a few too many times on hard surfaces.). Here’s what they looked like when broken:
The amazing thing is, I emailed the owner of the company with a photo of the damage and he promptly replaced them with the latest version, completely free, and also included an extra pair! Now my wife has a pair to use. That’s outstanding, above & beyond service. And that’s why I’m writing this review. Big thanks to Gary at ClearArmor.