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Old 08-23-2019, 10:51 AM   #1
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Arrow School me on hearing protection.

Being around loud noises, hunting without HP when I was young, so on and so forth...My plant physician has encouraged me to get hearing protection/hearing aid.

Teach me.

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Old 08-23-2019, 10:54 AM   #2
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For work or hunting?
I like my Walkers Razors for bird hunting. After a while you dont notice them.
There are also custom molded in ear type that I would like to try but they are pricey.
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:05 AM   #3
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Dead Air. Nuff said

Honestly I don’t have anything to add to the conversation. I use Surefire ear plugs when shooting, and they work well enough.
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:10 AM   #4
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I like electronic ear muffs for the range. You can hear conversations easily. If at an indoor range, I wear ear plugs and electronic muffs just because of the intense sound reverberations. Hunting, I use a suppressed rifle.
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Old 08-23-2019, 12:50 PM   #5
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Say again ;-)

In for the learning im in the same boat as the OP
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Old 08-23-2019, 02:46 PM   #6
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Im new but have profound hearing loss so i thought i would comment.

if you are being told to get real hearing aids, I have had good results with Starkey and Audibel since 2007. But the prices are ridiculous. However, each ear is programmed for your specific hearing loss and they work well. go cic or invisible, they will try to talk you into the over the ear but those get knocked off and beat up and visible if you worry about that...they do have good mics tho.

For hearing protection I use molded made for my ear protection inserts. You can get at some gun show booths (like Tanner in Denver) they do the whole ear mold and make right there while you wait. an audiologist can also make. gunshows are cheaper cost for this..

When i misplace my molded (like right now) I will use foam inserts the round orange or blue ones and then some really good 3M or other branded headphone type .

I have found even better inserts for the ear to block everything from motorcycle riding ...they are the best for shutting down all noise, put some headphones over this and I would imagine it what being deaf would be like...i cant find the name of them and my motorcycle and those plugs are out of state where i ride
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Old 08-23-2019, 03:13 PM   #7
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For work or hunting?
I like my Walkers Razors for bird hunting. After a while you dont notice them.
There are also custom molded in ear type that I would like to try but they are pricey.
Hunting, shooting. Had a physical today at work and the Audiologist recommended "SoundGear"
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Old 08-23-2019, 10:01 PM   #8
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I have a substantial loss in my left ear dating back about 60 yrs when a Black Cat in my left hand went off prematurely about 6” from my ear in mid-throw. So, with two hearing aids I am still nearly deaf in a noisy environment such as a restaurant or even the car. I have custom molded ear plugs which go under my muffs when shooting and I wear the EAR cushions (sponge-type plugs) when mowing and weed-eating. Hearing loss is no joke and even with high-guality hearing aids you will still be “hard of hearing” and no, docs don’t credit any of the loss to my flying.
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Old 08-23-2019, 10:09 PM   #9
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MSA Sordin electronic earpro are among the best, they ain't cheap though, they run $200-300

Peltor RangeGuards are nice too, I think they are around $60, the same price as the Howard Leights but waaaaay better. If you have a big melon head like me the Howard Leights dont seal worth a crap.

When shooting unmanned or around other shooters I double up with foam earplugs and my Sordins, when shooting by myself with a can I usually just use my Sordins

When I'm hunting with a rifle I have a pair of those corded rubbery ear plugs around my neck at all times or if I'm in a blind I'll have my Sordins with me so I can throw them on before shooting. You almost always have time to put ear plugs in before shooting
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:06 PM   #10
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I donít use anything. I had both eardrums blown out in 2003 when a grenade went off about 5ft from me. I had no balance for about 3 weeks but now I have a really good excuse to ignore my wife when she is talking. Wouldnít trade my hearing loss for nothing....






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Old 08-23-2019, 11:18 PM   #11
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I am considering wearing plugs when hunting this year (or something)

Hearing loss is prevalent in my little sub-culture up here. Lots of guys duck hunt 40-60 days a season and it’s bad on the ears. You really need to be able to hear to call, and my grandpa and dad both had/ have had hearing loss as a result.

I probably only go 25-40 days a year, but that will do the trick in tight quarters, even in the woods.
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:58 PM   #12
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A .357 Sig round is the best I’ve found for screw in ear plugs

Plant may not agree
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Old 08-24-2019, 12:32 AM   #13
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I can't hear for ****.....and we shoot a lot, so I do try to protect what I have left.

I've had the custom plugs made, but I don't really like them other than when I'm at an indoor range. They make my tinnitus really noticeable, more so than a soft ear plug because they are a harder plastic.

Even at the range, I wear them and a pair of these.

https://www.amazon.com/Walkers-Razor...YDSTCDFAXTY6H8

They aren't the best available, but we probably have about five or six pairs, so there is always one handy. For shooting outside, I just pop on the Walkers.

A cheap set is better than no set.

We also carry a bottle of the foam ones with us most of the time.

The best thing, by far though, is the collection of suppressors that we are slowly building.

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Old 08-24-2019, 07:19 AM   #14
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I always have my little orange ear plugs around my neck while at the ranch.. it's part of my routine, i keep them in my hunting pack and if i get out ammo for any of my guns i'm putting them around my neck. i hunted for 30 years without but I'm so glad i started wearing them. it only takes a split second to put them in if a shot opportunity steps out..

Also while working on my jeep in the garage, if i'm hammering, grinding rust or just about anything i put in ear plugs. My ears ring all day long and i don't want it to get worse.

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Old 08-24-2019, 07:32 AM   #15
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Otto NoizeBarrier Micro. Enhance sound so you can hear and block the sound that is to loud. They are not hot like over the ear. They are expensive, but then again what is your hearing worth.




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Old 08-24-2019, 08:00 AM   #16
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For shooting I like the custom molded sound guards

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Old 08-24-2019, 08:05 AM   #17
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Peltor sound actuated ear muff style is what most dedicated handgun shooters use. I was the NRA STX Field Rep for over 10 years and saw Peltors on more shooters than any other brand.

Disclaimer: That was 1992 thru 2003 so my experience is not very current. BUT the Peltors I bought back in about 1995 are still going strong. You can hear normal sounds and loud noises are blocked in a millisecond.
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Old 08-24-2019, 08:17 AM   #18
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Peltor sound actuated ear muff style is what most dedicated handgun shooters use. I was the NRA STX Field Rep for over 10 years and saw Peltors on more shooters than any other brand.

Disclaimer: That was 1992 thru 2003 so my experience is not very current. BUT the Peltors I bought back in about 1995 are still going strong. You can hear normal sounds and loud noises are blocked in a millisecond.
This kinda what Im looking for. Hearing enhancement and hearing protection in one neat package
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Old 08-24-2019, 08:44 AM   #19
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Huh? You say something?
As a vietnam vet I have lost a large % of my hearing due to a number of factors. On the way over the FTW veterans center this am for a hearing test at 10am.
Best thing is to wear ear plugs and ear muffs. Double the protection if you can.
Don't help that much shooting a maw duece. Nothing does.
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Old 08-24-2019, 09:04 AM   #20
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This kinda what Im looking for. Hearing enhancement and hearing protection in one neat package
Peltor makes a few crappy models but the RangeGuard and their upper end models are good.
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Old 08-24-2019, 09:05 AM   #21
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I have in ear custom molded with the talking port option. When at range I use cheap foam ones buried in the ear and ear muffs.


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Old 08-24-2019, 02:27 PM   #22
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MSA Sordin electronic earpro are among the best, they ain't cheap though, they run $200-300

Peltor RangeGuards are nice too, I think they are around $60, the same price as the Howard Leights but waaaaay better. If you have a big melon head like me the Howard Leights dont seal worth a crap.

When shooting unmanned or around other shooters I double up with foam earplugs and my Sordins, when shooting by myself with a can I usually just use my Sordins

When I'm hunting with a rifle I have a pair of those corded rubbery ear plugs around my neck at all times or if I'm in a blind I'll have my Sordins with me so I can throw them on before shooting. You almost always have time to put ear plugs in before shooting
Thisópay attention folks
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Old 08-24-2019, 10:48 PM   #23
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I can fit a finger in the gap between the HL and my ear...these are useless and will NOT seal on my big ol head. Sound quality is the worst on these as well. I dont know why they are so dang common other than being cheap.

The RangeGuards are the best for the money IMO. They seal up awesome, sound pretty good and have a nice low profile for shooting rifles.

The Sordins are just the t*ts... comparing them all right now the earcups on the Peltors ear cups are a little bigger so if you have big ears that might make a difference. The sound quality on the Sordins is amazing, when you put them on it feels like you hear everything like a dog would. Also, they don't just cut off when sound reaches their dB threshold like cheaper ones do, they actually compress the sound down to a safe level (or so I have read, I ain't no soundologist)

I've owned probably a half dozen other pair of earpro and they've all been kinda crappy except for the Peltors and the Sordins. I could have easily just bought two pair of Sordins for what I spent on crappier ones

And yes, I just realized I had the Sordins in backwards...
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Old 08-25-2019, 01:43 AM   #24
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Not a complete solution but consider a suppressor as part of the solution, if you can stand the wait. Been waiting on mine for approval since March .............. compliments to Washington DC
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Old 08-25-2019, 02:36 AM   #25
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If Iím hunting with a rifle without a brake I donít wear hearing protection.

Rifle with a brake I wear my Walkers game ear.

At the Range walker with ear plugs.

Dove hunting ear plugs or walkers but never without anymore.

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Old 08-25-2019, 05:04 AM   #26
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Working in Aviation Maintenance for 45 years, I have lost hearing. Back in the days "It Was Not Cool" It's cool now.

I have Hearing aids that I love issued from the VA. I wear Hearing Protection now.
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Old 08-25-2019, 08:35 AM   #27
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If Iím hunting with a rifle without a brake I donít wear hearing protection.

Rifle with a brake I wear my Walkers game ear.

At the Range walker with ear plugs.

Dove hunting ear plugs or walkers but never without anymore.

Duck hunting nothing.



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Tell, me about the Walkers Game ear
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Old 08-25-2019, 10:54 AM   #28
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https://www.walkersgameear.com/


Basically ear muffs that enhance hearing but muffle noises over a certain DB.


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Old 08-26-2019, 11:02 AM   #29
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Looked at Walkergame ear, like the buds, kinda what Im looking for. Something to enhance my hearing and muffle loud noises too.
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Old 08-26-2019, 02:17 PM   #30
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Those electronic plugs look slick!!
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Old 08-26-2019, 02:39 PM   #31
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The Howard Leight are great, for the price, IF you order the replacement gel ear pads off amazon. I think they are Zohan brand.
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:10 PM   #32
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Walkers game ear are ok but definitely not indoors. They donít suppress enough.


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