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Reply #30 - May 15th, 2011 at 12:35am
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Thanks sounds like they would be ideal for hunting but no good for work could justify cost if they did. At that kind of money id be getting some new binos!
  

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Reply #31 - May 19th, 2011 at 7:54am
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Yeah, probably not ideal for work. Mind you, you can just turn them off (volume switch on the side) whenever there's continuous noise - they work as standard earplugs then.

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Reply #32 - Aug 15th, 2011 at 11:55pm
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Reply #33 - Dec 22nd, 2011 at 10:14pm
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I got a pair of moulded ear plugs made when I was doing audio engineering and playing in a few bands.

I think Bay Audiology took the mould (weird experience!) then sent them to Aus to be made.
http://www.gnresound.com.au/products/earmoulds

You can get different levels of attenuation, I think mine are 6dB but you can get 3, 6, 9 etc

They were about $150 with discount through school, but around $200-250.
They actually have a passage through the plug with a filter, so you can actually hear quite well with them in but it takes enough off really loud sounds to avoid bad hearing damage.

Might be worth a look if someone is after a cheaper option, although I don't think I'd take them hunting, they are good for the range.
  

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Reply #34 - Jan 4th, 2012 at 10:13pm
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Last year I picked up a set of these: http://peltorcomms.3m.com/World/Product.asp?PageNumber=934&Product_Id=34&Product...

They are fantastic. The ability to connect it to your phone or mp3 player is great when you're working around the house or mowing the lawns. They can be connected to anything with a 3.5mm audio jack so you could also link them to a UHF walkie when hunting if you wanted and keep in touch with your hunting partners.

For shooting I also wear plugs underneath these, and they are great at cutting out the blast of shots, and making it easy to hear conversations going on around me all at the same time.

The other plus I've found is that my shooting improves no end when I'm wearing plugs and muffs too, definitely worth a look if anyone is in the market for multi use muffs.
  
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Re: Hearing protection and Firearms
Reply #35 - Mar 29th, 2012 at 8:10am
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I have since supressed the centrefire.

When sighting in, I still use plugs - but had to take a couple of shots without to test and I suspect the environment makes a huge difference... I was in a small 150 metre "hollow" and the crack was loud still, but the boom was gone. 

I remember at the Greymouth shoot we were shooting along an airstrip with forestry either side and the sound of the projectiles rocking down the line was surprising..
  

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Reply #36 - Jul 16th, 2012 at 8:15am
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Having had a recent hearing test and identified with some hearing lost above normal expectations for age in my left ear (right hand shooter), I have come to the conclusion that my previous occupation in the NZ Airforce probably contributed to this?
After spenting around 7 yrs parachuting from Hercs and other turbo prop a/c out of 20 yrs in the RNZAF, I never wore ear plugs as they were generally impractical when wearing a helmet and shouting instructions to one another over the engine noise (64 odd other para's in the Herc). Never saw other para troopers wear anything either except the loadmaster/aircrew in my time as they communicated to each other via a headset.
Then again during war games firing small arms, it wasn't practical in the field.
So unfortunately the taxpayer is lumbered with my ACC claim for a hearing aid.
I now work with another ex Army fella who is quite deaf in both ears (he's not a hunter)from his 20 plus odd yrs firing all sorts of weapons. Though ear protection is worn on the range, during field exercises and the 'real' stuff on deployment, it cannot be always practical?
What's the answer to this? Is it just a casually of some jobs? Like other defence personnel back in the 80's, I never considered possible future hearing loss as part of being in the military.
Wearing ear protection whilst servicing a/c on the tarmac is one thing but jumping from them? Not sure?
  
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Reply #37 - Jul 21st, 2012 at 4:46am
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Like most shooters I've got that eternal ringing in the ears, and have used ear muffs since my late 20's. When I was in the US a few years ago I got a set of these and find them better than ear muffs........when installed correctly.
Does anyone know if they are available in NZ??

http://www.earinc.com/p1-nonelectronic-instamold-rec.php
  

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Reply #38 - Jul 21st, 2012 at 8:32pm
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I don't know about that exact brand, but the custom-mold earplugs are available - try Bay Audiology, Tolbecs etc.

I think about $70 a pair?
  
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Reply #39 - Aug 27th, 2012 at 7:43am
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My brother in law will be moving to NZ next year. He's a hunter from Austria and also an specialist in digital hearing aids. He's agreed in principle to rig up a deal for forum members once his practice is opened.

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Reply #40 - Nov 1st, 2012 at 6:34am
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killwell sell earplugs hearing is normal pull the trigger 15 dec $44.awsome. Cool
  
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Reply #41 - Mar 26th, 2013 at 10:55am
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reloader supplies have got some new ear muffs for shooting/hunting
they enhance hearing for deer in the bush and cancel out noise when you pull the trigger $229.00 I was thinking of getting some as I have a new rifle 300wsm with a break on it guaranteed to wreck your ears without hearing protection.I always wear earmuffs when firing off my 204 ruger or 308 and 8x68s the only rifle I don,t wear muffs for is my 22 with subsonics. maybe we could get a forum deal going with reloaders? I will ask them and see what they say and reply to this thread Huh
  

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Reply #42 - Feb 3rd, 2014 at 10:22am
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excerpt from an email from me old mans best mate, a proud war veteran,  keen north american big game hunter and all around gun enthusiast, about the importance of hearing protection.  from a series of emails about barrel shortening and suppressor fitting:

"I'm an advocate of soft fitted ear plugs.  The type you squeeze roll between your fingers and then inserting deeply into your ear canal but letting enough of the plug base protrude so that you can remove it.  You know the kind (da-kine).  Why turn you rifle into a carbine?  Protect your hearing.  The most damaging gunshot report to hearing is the little .22 cal cartridge.  Why would anyone want to be deaf, eh?  Say that again, eh?  What?

You'd be surprised how much you can hear using ear plugs and when you take them out - wow! turn the volume down!  Let your brain make up the difference and protect the physical well being of your senses.  That includes machismo, and protection from being a DMF.   Hearing is precious.  Trust me.  I've lost too much while being employed by Uncle Sam - the price we pay, hey?

Hope this helps.  And…, don't forget eye protection."
  
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Reply #43 - Feb 4th, 2014 at 12:22am
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My Dad was an international 7.62mm shot in the 70s and is deaf as a post. Now, some of this could be down to old age, but I reckon a large part of it I'd down to shooting hearing damage. I can say for sure that he gets really frustrated at missing out on what's going on. I for one don't want to end up that way (although domestic deafness can be of use). With that in mind, a plea to everyone to use a can or ear defence, esp young players. Don't skimp when buying either as hearing aides cost a fortune and you can't put a price on you hearing.

As an aside, I spoke to an audiologist a few years ago who told me that it's genetic - some suffer worse than others from the same noise. Furthermore, left ear hearing is far more likely to be damaged than the right. So, if (like me) you have stalked or hunted birds with defence in the right ear (as you are right handed, so the blast is nearer the right), it doesn't work.

Sound mods are not far off mandatory in UK for Health and Safety reasons and to decrease noise pollution. They are popular in NZ, but (I believe banned, or at least heavily restricted) in Aus. What's going on? How many assassinations were there in Aus in the last 10 years? Sorry, I had to bring it up. This should be fun.

  
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Reply #44 - Feb 4th, 2014 at 7:40am
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J wrote on Feb 4th, 2014 at 12:22am:
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As an aside, I spoke to an audiologist a few years ago who told me that it's genetic - some suffer worse than others from the same noise. Furthermore, left ear hearing is far more likely to be damaged than the right. So, if (like me) you have stalked or hunted birds with defence in the right ear (as you are right handed, so the blast is nearer the right), it doesn't work.

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There are big individual differences in susceptibility to damage from noise, both continuous and impulse noise like shooting. Genetics is certainly a major variable but not the only one. There are documented cases of people suffering significant and irreversible hearing loss from one session on the range. These were in the days before muzzle brakes came into fashion and made the situation dramatically worse.

BTW, shooters of long arms cop far more blast in the -opposite- ear due to the head shadow effect of leaning across the butt. Seen literally hundreds of them in my career, generally prior to fitting hearing aids.

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