Originally Posted by rjordan393
Just bought a Snapper Snowthrower with 305 cc Briggs & Stratton engine.
After listening to the sound of the engine, I decided I needed ear protection. The manufacturer does not list the decibels of the engine. So are ear protectors designed to match the decibels or is it one size fits all.
You can buy 100+ pairs of foam inserts that are listed as -33dB at Home Depot for next to nothing... I use them whenever I use any power tools, or do any hammering beyond a few wacks, especially when working indoors where sound is reflected. I'm convinced it has saved some hearing just based on the difference in sound pressure between wearing and not wearing them when running the tools.
As a side benefit wearing ear protection helps to keep dust/debris out of your ears while you're working... the other day I was breaking up concrete and felt/heard a "thump" against my ear... it was a speck of concrete hitting the foam insert in my ear dead on... that would have been in my ear w/o them.