There is not an over the ear protection system that is a good as inside the ear plugs. Every hearing protection system has a db rating, most don't pay attention to the numbers.
If we paid attention to every potential danger, we'd never leave our "clean room" and never ever reproduce. Death is certain no matter how well we think we protect each other. Do you really want to live "hear" any longer than necessary?
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."
"No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms"
-- Thomas Jefferson