I guess this will sound somewhat oxymoronic but I use power tools and equipment a lot–really noisy stuff. Most weekends I have a pair of ear protectors around my neck from dawn to dusk–they are in and out of my ears constantly. Since my recruitment really makes any loud sounds uncomfortable I use my plugs more than a “normal” person would. Around our little hobby farm I’m constantly using mowers, my tractor, and woodworking machinery.
This week I will get my first set of HAs (Futures from Costco) and I’m a bit puzzled how to fit them into this loud noise protection habit I’ve developed. I could just leave them out all weekend but then I’ll have the usual frustration of understanding conversation in between nailing, cutting, sawing, tractoring, etc. I could keep them in my pocket and be constantly putting them in and out of my ears. I could try over-the-ear protectors but it seems doubtful that they would fit around the HAs?
those of you who work with loud equipment or tools, how do you handle blocking loud sounds while relying on HAs for conversation?