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Old 11-18-2023, 12:43 PM
 
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Coworkers asked if I wore ear plugs while on the ship (asked because of my hearing aids). Found this photo to show them. Was surprised they were listed as “Vietnam era” ear plugs. I served in the Navy starting in 1990 and these were the ear plugs we were issued to work in the engine room. We did have headphone hearing protection but they were of poor quality, uncomfortable in the 100+ degree heat, and limited in numbers. The foam liner of these muffs had crumbled in some places making them worthless as hearing protection. When I look at these plugs and compare them to what I wear at work, bought with my own money for less than $15, I cringe at the level of protection these plugs may have provided. I wear triple flange plugs at work and they’re rated as 23 decibels. Am glad I got the VA to get hearing aids for me but I wish we had been provided better protection back then.
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Old 11-19-2023, 05:55 AM
 
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I could never get comfortable wearing those flange and used the foam combined with the CVC helmet whenever we got on the range.
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Old 11-19-2023, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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those were not around when I joined. We had orange flanged ones. They sort of worked. At least kept the worst of the noise. I still ended up with tinnitus.
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Old 11-19-2023, 04:32 PM
 
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Here is what I was issued in 1988:

https://www.amazon.com/Vanguard-Mili...hoCp_QQAvD_BwE

I had the hardest time to get the 3rd flange to seat. Those gd ear plugs made me do hundreds of extra push-ups.
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Old 11-20-2023, 08:16 AM
 
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Here is what I was issued in 1988:

https://www.amazon.com/Vanguard-Mili...hoCp_QQAvD_BwE

I had the hardest time to get the 3rd flange to seat. Those gd ear plugs made me do hundreds of extra push-ups.
I wish we had these on the ship. Some equipment on the ship was literally WW2 stuff like metal bucket helmets with chin straps and manually operated 3” 50 cal guns (USS Iwo Jima LPH-2). Seemed strange having crew maintain and operate those guns when we also had the R2D2 automated guns and Seasparrow missiles.
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Old 11-20-2023, 08:28 AM
 
Location: The South
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Coworkers asked if I wore ear plugs while on the ship (asked because of my hearing aids). Found this photo to show them. Was surprised they were listed as “Vietnam era” ear plugs. I served in the Navy starting in 1990 and these were the ear plugs we were issued to work in the engine room. We did have headphone hearing protection but they were of poor quality, uncomfortable in the 100+ degree heat, and limited in numbers. The foam liner of these muffs had crumbled in some places making them worthless as hearing protection. When I look at these plugs and compare them to what I wear at work, bought with my own money for less than $15, I cringe at the level of protection these plugs may have provided. I wear triple flange plugs at work and they’re rated as 23 decibels. Am glad I got the VA to get hearing aids for me but I wish we had been provided better protection back then.
Never saw an earplug in 1957 in the Army
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Old 11-20-2023, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Here is what I was issued in 1988:

https://www.amazon.com/Vanguard-Mili...hoCp_QQAvD_BwE

I had the hardest time to get the 3rd flange to seat. Those gd ear plugs made me do hundreds of extra push-ups.
Those were issued in 1976 as well so they go back a few. I still have a pair around the house somewhere to include the case. Out at the range many people end up with the disposable foam ones like these.

https://www.amazon.com/3M-310-1001-U...ps%2C78&sr=8-8
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Old 11-20-2023, 02:58 PM
 
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Those were issued in 1976 as well so they go back a few. I still have a pair around the house somewhere to include the case. Out at the range many people end up with the disposable foam ones like these.

https://www.amazon.com/3M-310-1001-U...ps%2C78&sr=8-8
When we received these, on my second ship, I used them regularly and eventually developed an allergy to them. I can wear them for short periods of time but if I wear them for an hour or more then my ears begin itching like crazy. They do work well.
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