As every person who has ever mowed a lawn knows, mowers are very loud. Ultimately this can lead to major hearing problems in the long run. To prevent hearing loss, people use things such as earplugs that act as sound barriers. In the last 15 years, people have started using over-the-ear headphone style ear protection.
Personally, I have been using one variation or another of these over-the-ear headphones for a little over 12 years, and can’t imagine mowing 6+ hours a day without them. Not only do these devices protect your hearing, but nearly all of them are equipped with radios that allow you to listen to your favorite station as you mow. This has obvious perks such as making the time pass more quickly, but also allows the wearer to hear important information regarding weather alerts in the case of severe storms. While that doesn’t sound very significant, it has made me aware of strong storms approaching on numerous occasions.
Over the years, I have used at least 4-5 different brands of these headphones. Typically, I have been replacing these about once a year, with the occasional pair lasting a little longer than a year. The main problem I have seen with nearly every pair regardless of the brand, is the plastic material covering the foam inserts (the doughnut-shaped cups that touch your ears) will eventually break apart making the headphones painful to wear. Furthermore, wearing the headphones with safety glasses underneath gets a little uncomfortable after a long day of work.
At the end of the 2015 mowing season I began my search for a new pair of headphones for the next season. I had just recently become an Amazon Prime member, so naturally I looked there first instead of going to Home Depot or the local hardware store. I clicked on the first or second pair on the page because they looked like some I had used before and liked pretty good. This pair had great reviews and was priced below what they were at Home Depot so I decided to buy them. After using this pair for over 1.5 years, they are still holding up perfectly, and pick up stations better than any other pair I have had.
The specific product I have is the 3M WorkTunes Hearing Protection Headphones, and they can be purchased here:
My pair is the wired pair as is pictured in the link, but they can also be purchased in a wireless configuration. The wired vs. wireless is simply regarding the ability to connect your phone or mp3 player to the headphones. The wired version has a regular aux chord port, whereas the wireless version uses Bluetooth.
Overall, I have been extremely impressed with this pair of headphones, and the comfort is much better than any others I have used. If you decide to try them out, feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section!