Join Date: Jun 2015
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I bought the 3M from both Lowes/Costco (for my self and my child), started out with the LG 730 (i think they lasted almost 2 years), but then several pairs later, another LG, and a few Amazon BT Chinese brands, that were short lived, I've got hearing loss from non-PPE use from the 80's-90's as well as percussion/roadie for heavy metal and rock bands, and firearms military high explosive exposure/unprotected firearm usage/fireworks, etc, yeah I've got some hearing damage.
Last June the Samsung S8 brought music alive again with its tuned for hearing loss across the spectrum, (I no longer need to crank music to hear in both ears, now it was elevated for both ears, I did get a free test from costco as I thought I needed hearing aids, but alas I didn't as much as I dreaded the recommendation to use muffs to preserve existing hearing, I relented and bought the 3M (Black/Yellow no radio, Li rechargeable batt.) As much as most muffs are uncomfortable I was surprised at the comfort after extended (+1hr) use, I found I could even take calls with my BBC Honda (throttled down but running), while earbuds did provide better playback, they did less to block ambient DB and volume was often at 85%+ to enjoy.
Well worth the $40-50, inexpensive after the 4-5 pairs of BT earbud around the neck versions (i.e. LG 7XX series), unknown if sweat, etc killed them, while the muffs are not stylish, they work and I imagine they should last several years (battery vs sweat/snagging).
an alternative is pickup a pair of battery powered active noise reduction shooting muffs and wear a pair of BT Buds under them.
But I can only highly recommend the 3M BT muffs.