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Reply #15 - Sep 11th, 2010 at 9:39pm
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When I first started game shooting wondering around with the shotgun I never wore any protection. Why ?? well all those old boys who got me into it didnt either.

After all a while i realised or their age they didnt hear that well. Three in particular great guys and sportsman. They had been brought up shooting from an early age hence the damage.

I soon started wearing protection... Roll Eyes
  
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Reply #16 - Sep 18th, 2010 at 8:45am
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I've said this in another thread a while back, but I thought it would be relevant here. A couple of months back I went and got one of those free hearing tests from bay audiology just out of interest, as I thought my hearing was pretty shit hot. Turns out I already have moderate hearing damage in my left ear, and a small amount of loss of hearing in my right. This was a bit of a shock as a 20 year old  Angry
I've been shooting since the age of 8, and have only gone without earmuffs when hunting.. Shows how fragile ears are!

If I continue down the road I'm currently on, I'll probably end up along similar lines to some of the older guys on here. Now I always carry at least one set of plugs with me, and am seriously looking into grabbing a suppressor.. small investment in comparison to a 9 grand set of heaing aids!

I'd also reccommend taking one of those hearing tests too if you think your hearing's fine, chances are it will give you a bit of a surprise!
  
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Re: Hearing protection and Firearms
Reply #17 - Sep 21st, 2010 at 11:14am
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ProudKiwi wrote on Aug 30th, 2010 at 10:26pm:
I wonder if there is the possiblity of a "group" purchase for forum members?  Decent ear muffs are a must but are also not the cheapest items out there.

I am sure that Protector Safety would be open to a deal if between us all we purchased say 20 pairs of Tact 6's (sportac's) or an equivalent model??

Just an idea  Smiley


I could help there, I work for PS / BPK.  Wink
Wouldent need to buy 20pairs either.
  
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Reply #18 - Oct 4th, 2010 at 12:23am
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Has anyone tried the digital hearing enhancers? They block out gunfire etc but ampilfies low volume sound.
I see them here at Bass Pro...
http://www.basspro.com/Hunting-Hunting-Accessories-Listening-Devices/_/N-1z11cxl
  

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Reply #19 - Oct 5th, 2010 at 1:52am
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I haven't but I know a Audiologist

Generally its the expensive hearing aids that have the VERY quick cicurts needed to shut down the noise of the shot - gunshots are a very quick sound pulse

Someone was making them in NZ - forgot who - just remember that they aren't cheap to get right
  
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Reply #20 - Dec 6th, 2010 at 8:59am
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I've just chucked a gunworks suppressor on my 22-250 because it was louder than my friends 308. I now don't use earplugs when using suppressor but am wondering if maybe i should.

I get the odd loud shot out of the suppressor and can't work out what it is and have been having trouble with my ears/hearing (never good at the best of times)

Has anybody had any advice on suppressors and hearing protection? I'm hoping it's ok as it would defeat the purpose of owning a suppressor if i had to wear plugs as well.
  
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Reply #21 - Dec 7th, 2010 at 12:00am
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I have slightly damaged ears from the army(to many machine gun blasts close to me and crappy ear plugs)

I alway where ear plugs hunting and muffs att the range.

for hunting they just dangle around me neck, whenI start stalking I put one in and put the second in when im about to fire, easy
  
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Reply #22 - Dec 7th, 2010 at 12:07am
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Feather or Shoot wrote on Dec 6th, 2010 at 8:59am:
I've just chucked a gunworks suppressor on my 22-250 because it was louder than my friends 308. I now don't use earplugs when using suppressor but am wondering if maybe i should.

I get the odd loud shot out of the suppressor and can't work out what it is and have been having trouble with my ears/hearing (never good at the best of times)

Has anybody had any advice on suppressors and hearing protection? I'm hoping it's ok as it would defeat the purpose of owning a suppressor if i had to wear plugs as well.


I'd still wear plugs with a suppressor. Quieter than unsuppressed doesn't mean hearing-safe
  
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Reply #23 - Dec 7th, 2010 at 2:46am
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gimp wrote on Dec 7th, 2010 at 12:07am:
Feather or Shoot wrote on Dec 6th, 2010 at 8:59am:
I've just chucked a gunworks suppressor on my 22-250 because it was louder than my friends 308. I now don't use earplugs when using suppressor but am wondering if maybe i should.

I get the odd loud shot out of the suppressor and can't work out what it is and have been having trouble with my ears/hearing (never good at the best of times)

Has anybody had any advice on suppressors and hearing protection? I'm hoping it's ok as it would defeat the purpose of owning a suppressor if i had to wear plugs as well.


I'd still wear plugs with a suppressor. Quieter than unsuppressed doesn't mean hearing-safe


I'm leaning that way myself. I'm going to miss hearing the echo of bunnies popping though....oh well.
  
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Reply #24 - Mar 21st, 2011 at 2:50am
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Reply #25 - Jan 26th, 2011 at 10:48am
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For 20 years I have been using Sonic Ear Valves  for hunting. I find them indispenseble when shooting Canadas' on organised culls. I use heavy loads(4 1/2 dram) and over 3 days at around 80 rounds a day(on average) and often in fast succession . I know I would be quite deaf by now without them.  They work by closing a small valve when hit by a sonic wave of high amplitude. They are not as effective as full muffs but are a good compramise. Silencio make these, as do North Industries. Hope this helps.
  

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Reply #26 - Apr 14th, 2011 at 8:45pm
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Ive got some hearing loss in my right ear, the only cause we can come up with is firing rifles. It hasnt changed over the last 5 years, I get tested at work each year. Have been using plugs and muffs as much as possible. Had 2 magnums go off at virtually the same time on my last deer hunt tho, both with muzzle brakes. I had the ringing sound for over a week in both ears. Will be interesting to see how the next test goes.
  
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Reply #27 - Apr 15th, 2011 at 4:41am
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I purchased a pair of electronic ear-plugs after I got a dose of tinnitus. Starkey Magnum-Ears, pricey but darn good so far. Maybe not so pricey when you compare it to the price of a couple of suppressors actually.

I'll give them a good workout on opening weekend of duckshooting, maybe write up a bit of a review one of these days.

  
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Reply #28 - May 11th, 2011 at 8:21am
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Now they sound like a good idea. how much? where from? ive been wearing ear plugs at work for nearly 20ys (cant stand ear muffs when sweating) and have been useing for zeroing last couple of years(better late than never) but wouldnt use them for hunting. i take these allow you to hear normaly untill the big bang or 9" grinder gets started?
  

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Reply #29 - May 14th, 2011 at 11:58pm
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My ones are Starkey Magnum Ears - Silver (Digital) Model. To get the bad news out of the way first - my set was $1600 from Dilworth Hearing. To get the same set from Bay Audiology was even more. If you start looking into these electronic ear-plugs, you can get both cheaper and more expensive models. Cheaper tends to cut into the audio quality (apparently), more expensive starts putting more hearing aid functionality into the plug - allowing you to compensate for existing hearing loss as well as protecting your remaining hearing.

I don't have any real hearing loss, but found out the hard way that my ears are prone to Tinnitus (permanent ringing) from loud sound exposure. It doesn't bug me most of the time anymore, but I'm really keen that the ringing doesn't get any louder.

The plugs I have are custom molded for my ears, so are very comfortable. You don't get sweaty ears like with ear-muffs, and they don't interfere with your rifle/shotgun stock. Volume is adjustable, and sound quality is near perfect. You can wind the volume up far beyond your normal hearing level, but there are diminishing returns on this - the sound of your own movements starts to swamp the extra sensitivity. Turned up to normal hearing level (or maybe just a touch more) there's no problem.

The plugs cut out instantaneously when you fire, but come back on quick enough that you can hear the "BOOM" rolling away up the hills. Although I haven't used them enough to be sure, I think they'd come back on quick enough to hear the bullet impact for the times when thats audible. I tried them with an angle grinder after reading your post, but they don't really work well for continuous noise. The plugs continously cut out, come back, cut out etc.

I've had mine for a couple of months now, and I reckon they're worth the money I paid.

One other thing - Dilworth will give you a 3-month trial period after receiving your new plugs. If you don't like them, all you pay is the initial $75 consultation fee. I had a long phone conversation with a shotgun shooter and audiologist - he tells me that they've never had a set returned during the trial period. Tells you something.

Happy to answer anymore questions if anyone is interested. I had trouble finding anyone with real-life experience with them when I bought mine.
  
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