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What are the Different Types of Earmuffs?

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There are numerous styles of earmuffs designed for both practical and fashionable purposes. For the most part, earmuffs are great for keeping your ears warm in cool weather without wearing a hat. Still, in certain professions such as construction, noise-reduction earmuffs are a more safety-oriented accessory than a practical, fashionable one. There are several different types of earmuffs suitable for any purpose and person.

The standard headband style earmuffs are the most common style. These earmuffs are simply soft plush ear coverings attached to an adjustable headband that fits over the top of the head. They come in a variety of colors and the material covering the muffs might be a fluffy polyester blend or fleece, but is always soft. For many, these earmuffs are suitable for keeping their ears warm and because they are available in an endless array of colors, can be bought to match all other winter wear. However, some people find that the headband is uncomfortable for long periods of time or do not want to wear this style of earmuff because it can mess up a perfectly coifed head of hair.

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For those who find the traditional headband style earmuffs uncomfortable or impractical, there are also styles designed to fit around the back of the neck. This eliminates discomfort for some wearers, allows for the addition of a hat if desired, and won’t mess up a stylish hairdo. However, there are people who find that they feel awkward and prefer the former style. The wrap-around earmuffs often come in fleece-covered neoprene, making them ideal for sub-zero temperatures.

If hearing concerns are a factor, there are also noise-reduction earmuffs. While they will provide some added warmth, they are primarily designed to reduce noise levels when working in certain situations. If you work around loud noises and are at risk for noise-induced hearing loss, then you might consider using these earmuffs year-round. In fact, you should ask your employer if they provide them to their employees, as many companies do.

The best way to choose an earmuff style is to simply try them on. You might find you have a preference for comfort or color or style. Whether you are more concerned about form or function, you can find the perfect pair of earmuffs to keep you warm while shopping, working, or simply walking in the cold winter weather.

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