Veteran carpenters often joke about their poor hearing, but it's not really a laughing matter. And fortunately, it's a problem that younger carpenters can largely avoid simply by wearing hearing protection. Over-the-ear headphones are best, of course, but earplugs are better than nothing, and many can be plugged into a smartphone or iPod so that you can listen to music at the same time. In this short review, former Tools of the Trade editor Dave Frane takes a look at a few of Plugfones' wired and wireless earplugs while shedding some light on decibel (dB) levels and noise reduction ratings (NRR).

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