Wearing ear defenders with glasses can present a few problems. The arms of the glasses can interfere with the ear cups’ seal, reducing the amount of ear protection offered by the ear defenders. However, if the arms of your glasses are thin and your ear defenders fit tightly, they shouldn’t reduce the noise attenuation too much.
Another issue is that it can be uncomfortable to combine ear defenders with glasses, though this doesn’t have to be the case. One good thing about combining ear defenders with glasses is that ear defenders can help keep your glasses on!
Below are some of the best ear defenders you can get if you wear spectacles.
Best Ear Defenders for Wearing with Glasses
3M Peltor Optime III Ear Muffs
The 3M Peltor Optime III Ear Muffs offer the highest level of ear protection of the three products in 3M’s Peltor Optime range. They have an SNR of 35 dB, which means they can reduce the loudest sounds by roughly 35 decibels. If you don’t need such a high level of protection you could go for the 3M Peltor Optime II Ear Muffs, which have an SNR of 31 dB.
The headband can be adjusted and the cups are soft and well padded, making them comfy even when wearing glasses. If you’ve found other ear defenders to be too uncomfortable with glasses in the past, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised with the 3M Peltor Optime III Ear Muffs.
These ear defenders are designed for the workplace and can protect your hearing in noisy industrial environments. They’re also good for wearing around the home to block out distracting noises from traffic or neighbours.
Baratec Adjustable Headband Ear Defenders
With an SNR of 25 dB, these ear defenders offer a much lower level of protection than the 3M Peltor Optime III Ear Muffs reviewed above. However, they’re cheap and perform well at dealing with moderate levels of noise. They’re also quite comfortable even when wearing with glasses, and the glasses’ arms don’t affect the seal to a noticeable degree.
The main reason to go for these ear defenders is their low price. They’re not made to the same standard as the 3M ear defenders reviewed above, so if you need something professional for wearing at work the 3Ms might be a better choice.
Mpow Ear Defenders
The Mpow Ear Defenders offer a good budget-priced alternative to the 3M Peltor Optime III Ear Muffs. They have an SNR of 34 dB so they offer a high enough level of protection for noisy work environments such as factories.
These ear defenders have an adjustable headband and can be folded up to save space when you’re not using them. They also come with a drawstring storage bag to keep them safe.
The Mpow Ear Defenders have a padded headband and soft foam ear cups, and are quite comfy even with spectacles on. You should be able to wear them for several hours before they start to feel uncomfortable, making them a good choice for wearing at work.
Shooting Ear Defenders for Wearing With Glasses
Honeywell 1013530 Howard Leight Impact Sport Earmuff
These electronic ear defenders amplify quiet sounds such as people speaking while reducing the loud and harmful noise of gunshot. They feature a slim cup design to make them more comfortable and less bulky when shooting. Most glasses will fit comfortable under the ear cups with minimal loss of seal.
These ear defenders have an SNR of 25 dB, so they don’t offer the same level of passive noise reduction as the other ear defenders reviewed above. However, this is common with electronic ear defenders.
One useful feature is that you can connect the Howard Leight Impact Sport Earmuffs to an MP3 player or other audio device to use them as headphones.
These electronic ear defenders are very affordable compared to some of the alternatives, making them a good choice if you’re on a budget.
MSA Sordin Supreme PRO X
MSA Sordins are some of the best respected electronic shooting ear defenders on the market. Most people find them very comfy even when wearing glasses.
These ear defenders are constructed to a very high standard and feature waterproof microphones, a waterproof battery compartment and an aux input for connecting an external audio source. They reduce loud gunshot sounds down to a safe level of 82 dB.
As you’d expect from a product in this price range, the microphones are very sensitive and the audio quality is very good.
One downside is that these ear defenders have a relatively low NRR rating of 18 dB, so you might want to combine them with ear plugs to give you ears more protection.
If you’re worried about glasses interfering with the seal on your ear defenders, you could combine them with ear plugs to make up for any loss in protection. You could also consider just wearing ear plugs instead of ear defenders, or wearing contact lenses instead of glasses.