Hearing protection?

Discussion in 'Oregon Flyway Forum' started by sprigkiller09, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. sprigkiller09

    sprigkiller09 Elite Refuge Member

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    At my nice young age I still can hear pretty well but i gotta find a good way of protecting my ears cause i am finding my self saying "huh" way too much. What do some of you guys use or have heard works well? I dont want to wear just ear plugs because sometimes you hear the ducks before you see em. I have been looking at EAR Inc's products any of you guys use them? any help would be good.

    Thanks Guys :tu
     
  2. Hellbender

    Hellbender Elite Refuge Member

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    Just don't hunt too close to Hard Hitter and his 16 thousand feet per second handloads and you should be alright.
     
  3. Nads

    Nads Senior Refuge Member

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    I've got to do something too. I've got a friend with a ported barrell that I hunt with, and I have a constant ring in my left ear now. Everything I have looked at has been pretty spendy, but I bet it would be worth it if it saves my hearing.
     
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    Swamp Puppy Elite Refuge Member

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    huh??
     
  5. CuppedWings

    CuppedWings New Member

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    I use electronic headphones like ProEars. You can get them at sportsman warehouse for $100-$200. Mine are slim and camo. I find I shoot better with them as you are not dreading the blast (3.5" 12 gauge).

    I looked into the E.A.R.S. ones but at $2000+, I just couldn't do it. I think you basically have to replace them every 5 years or so.

    Scott
     
  6. BryanB

    BryanB Senior Refuge Member

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    For a less expensive comprimise I use "Sonic" ear plugs. The have a baffeling system that closes with compression waves (gun blast). They are only $9 per pair and last a long time. Since using them I have had no ringing in my ears, pain, or any issues at all. I can easily hear wistling wings and conversation. I'm convinced they work very well and are a great comprimise until I save up for some electric ear muffs.
    Bryan
     
  7. CuppedWings

    CuppedWings New Member

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    BryanB,

    I tried those and they are good in a pinch, but I find them to be extremely uncomfortable after about 30 minutes. Do you have this problem?

    I can wear the soft foamies all day, but then it muffles all sound, including incoming ducks :(
     
  8. GDS-MarshBum

    GDS-MarshBum Refuge Member

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    I've been using some ear plugs that were done by a gal that does hearing aid fitting. She took a mold of my ear, channel and all, sent them off, and I received the plugs back in the mail.

    They have a tiny hole that allows low decible sound to come in, but when higher decible sound tries, there is a substance in the channel that actually takes the energy in the sound waves and converts them to heat.

    They are vastly more comfortable than the $9 sonic ear plugs, but I find it muffles the sound too much some times. Over all though, I like them, and my ears like them, and my wife likes that I'll be able to hear what she's telling me to do well into the future.

    They cost me $100 I think, with the molds for future use if I should ever want more made.

    I can send info if any one wants to check this out for their own needs. Just PM me.
     
  9. Mallardslayer

    Mallardslayer Elite Refuge Member

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    Try using tactical hearing protection. We use them at work all the time and you can still talk to one another. I'm referring to the amplified type.

    I would highly recommend them.

    Try Peltor tactical 6's.

    Good luck
     
  10. duckhunter51

    duckhunter51 Senior Refuge Member

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    I have a game ear 2 for sale if anyone is interested.
     

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