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I wanted to protect my ears while working in the garage now that I have 2 laser cutters whirring away in there (a Blacknose A3 Laser and a Whitetooth A1 Laser). MP3 headphones cost upwards of £33 so I modified my existing £3 ear defenders and inserted some ear bud type headphones that I had lying around into them so that I can listen to music while still protecting my ears.

It's really very simple

  1. Drill a hole in the side of the Ear defenders large enough for the ear buds
  2. Insert the ear buds into the hole and use Sugru to secure them in place

This was my first time using Sugru and it was straight forward, you can get a really nice shiny finish on it by smoothing it over with your finger.

<p>Very nice! I've been really tempted to do something like this. Did the muffs lose a lot of their noise cancelling power with this mod though?</p>
No significant loss in cancelling power and you certainly don't notice any loss once you start playing some music. For &pound;3 it's worth a try :)
<p>Definitely! I sit for hours sometimes with my muffs on, and some tunes would really be nice. Thanks for sharing this.</p>
<p>This looks really cool, and I've done this before! As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words...</p><p>But, nice work!</p>

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