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Ear Muffs Vs Ear Plugs

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

Practicing safe shooting practices does not always pertain to strictly firing your weapon. This can include wearing adequate eye and ear protection to protect your vital body parts. When it comes to protecting your ears, you have two choices to choose from, earmuffs and earplugs. Today, we are going to look at both to give you a better idea of which is best for you.

Ear Muffs Vs Ear Plugs

What Are Earmuffs?

Earmuffs are the large, headphone-looking ear protection commonly seen in shooting ranges across the nation. Earmuffs are linked together and can vary from slim to bulky, depending on which design you choose to go with.


  • Easy/Quick To Use

  • More Comfortable For Some

  • Very Stable


  • Hard To Use Other Gear Such As Helmets Or Hats

  • Cheek Weld Can Be Compromised

What Are Earplugs?

Earplugs are the most commonly used ear protection at shooting ranges. Earplugs are small plugs that snugly fit inside your ear and are connected by a flexible wire that rests on your neck. Earplugs can also be found in individual plugs to allow for even more versatility as you will not have a wire connecting them together.


  • Superior Hearing Protection

  • Allows For A Great Cheek Weld

  • Takes Up Less Space

  • Can Be Easily Used With Other Gear


  • Takes More Time To Setup

  • Can Fall Out

  • Get Dirty Easier/Harder To Clean

Which Offers The Most Protection?

Earplugs are going to offer the best hearing protection possible. However, they are not for everyone. While earplugs may offer the best hearing protection, they may not be the most comfortable for your specific style of shooting. When choosing between earmuffs and earplugs, take into account what you will be wearing, how you will be shooting, and how much you want to deal with them. This will give you a better idea of which hearing protection is going to be best for you.


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