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Work in construction, or at a loud factory? You’re at risk of permanently damaging your eardrums. However, wearing a pair of protectors like the 3M WorkTunes Connect can go a long way to preserve your hearing — even if your workplace is very loud. The pair is on sale for $48, or 32 percent off retail at both Amazon and Walmart.
With up to 12 hours of battery life, the 3M WorkTunes Connect Hearing Protectors with Bluetooth are designed for anyone that works in a loud space. They’re not noise-canceling for safety reasons, but rather Noise Reduction Rated at 24 decibels (24dB NRR). This means you can still hear people around you if they need to get your attention. The ear cups are padded and feel comfortable enough to wear the entire workday, while the 3M WorkTunes Connect are truly effective at reducing background noise altogether.
What really makes them special is they double as a pair of Bluetooth wireless headphones! The hearing protectors can seamlessly sync to your smartphone without any wires or cords getting in the way. The audio quality is crisp and clear. They’re made to reduce noise, even when you’re listening to your favorite music and podcasts. But don’t worry, the background noise on a worksite will not interfere with the music in your ears.
The 3M hearing protectors even come with a built-in microphone, so you can make and receive phone calls, too.
Shop it: $48 (was $70), amazon.com and walmart.com
“My wife got me these to wear to protect my ears when doing yard work,” one Amazon reviewer shared. She said something about not wanting me to lose my hearing when I got older...I couldn't really hear what she was saying though. But seriously... these work great. They are Bluetooth-enabled and they were very easy to connect to my iPhone for while I'm working in the yard. Please note, take a moment to read the instructions on how to complete the pairing process as the headphones won't simply connect just by turning them on. The headphones have a voice-assist system which tells you when they are on, off, pairing, as well as, the battery life, which is definitely a nice touch.”
“I really like this product. They are easy to adjust, comfortable and really block outside noise levels,” a delighted five-star Walmart reviewer wrote. “I've used them while mowing the yard and in my shop while grinding on steel. To be honest I've even used the Bluetooth function to listen to my computer. What I really like about the Bluetooth function is the ability to receive phone calls that I would normally miss while wearing hearing protection. The simplified one-button operation along with the voice prompts make it easy to operate the Bluetooth. I've gotta say these are the best hearing protectors I've ever used and I've tried a lot of different styles over the years.”
Shop it: 3M WorkTunes Connect Hearing Protector with Bluetooth, $48 (was $70), amazon.com and walmart.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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