these worked better than I expected. like anything, if you follow the directions for properly wearing them, they work. if you try to just put them on like your other headphone devices, you will be disappointing. I don't like earmuff hearing protection - I sweat too much, and plugs that go into the ear canal are a problem if your ears produce too much wax. these are great! the stay on the outside of the ear canal, are lightweight and don't get in the way. I can wear them for hours.