It's my opinion that a piece of safety gear that is sometimes overlooked is that of hearing protection. Growing up I was always told by my dad that "I'd sure as **** better keep what I got" By that he means fingers, arms, legs, hearing. and both eyeballs! Plus all the other meaty parts too. I'm glad he pounded that into my head since a young age, because now I do what I can to keep what I got...minus a little mishap while playing tug-o-war with some 304 swarf.... Anywho, whenever I enter the shop my apron is hanging right next to the door and has my safety glasses and hearing protection on it. All in one convenient package makes for no excuses! This is the type I use, just put them around your neck until you need them! I hardly can tell they are there most of the time and they are much more convenient to put on vs fumbling around with those "squeeze, roll, jam into your brain" type. I use them regularly whenever my compressor kicks on and also whenever I'm whacking metal on metal. I figure a little effort now will pay off in the future. So what does everyone else use? Or do you have some stories to tell about eardrums? Also, here's a link to what's pictured above, for $6.25 with free shipping too!