dstauss wrote:Wait! Tell me you don't do that!! If you are listening to any audio while mowing with any thing other than noise isolating headphones or earphones, it won't matter what you use in the future because you won't be able to use it with hearing aids! The level that you would have to turn the audio up to will eventually damage your hearing. Unless of course you have a lawn mower that is pretty much silent.
Also, for what ever reason, many people use noise-isolating and noise-reducing interchangeably. They are very different. Noise-isolation is an active process, in other words, it requires power. It uses a mic built into the ear/headphones to listen to the ambient sound and play it back through them, 180 degrees out of phase, cancelling out the sounds. These E1 earphones are simply noise-reducing, which is a passive process that is just blocking out as much of the ambient noise as possible by using the silicone tip to seal the ear canal.
Yes, they are passive noise-reducing... just like earplugs. That's where you're missing the point. I've had these and found them to be as good as your standard squishy noise-blocking earplugs that you can buy at CVS, or so close I can't tell the difference. I use them to mow the lawn, ride motorcycles, basically anything below the level of gunshots.
The way I know that they work so well (and that I'm not fooling myself) is this: I turn the sound to a reasonable listening level while in a quiet room, and only then do I turn on the mower/etc. I don't have to raise the sound, meaning I'm still listening to it at the same safe level as I was before. The sound of the engine/wind/etc, while apparent, is nowhere near as bad as without the buds, and sounds similar to when I have actual ear protection on.
To those who are looking at these for similar purposes: note that it is important you get a good fit, or you won't get similar results! My ears seem like they're built for these things, which is why they work so well.