Hearing protection

gimruis

Active member
I found out recently that my left ear has some permanent damage from shooting firearms. My right ear is fine but that's because its covered up when I shoot. I always wear muffs at the range but I don't wear anything when I hunt because I need to hear a deer walking, a turkey gobbling, or a pheasant flushing. The ear specialist said that the damage is at high frequency sounds and my hearing test confirmed this. Apparently there are plugs you can wear while you're hunting that allow you to hear normal sounds but muffle the loud damaging noise the gun makes when it goes off. If I don't do something about this its only going to slowly just get worse. Thoughts?
 

Kismet

UPH Guru
Foam plugs were developed for factory workers' safety and hearing health. They work great for hunting/shooting and muffle the louder sounds while still allowing most of the quieter sounds--like conversation--to be heard.

Cheap insurance.

Be well.
 

dakotasj

Member
I found out recently that my left ear has some permanent damage from shooting firearms. My right ear is fine but that's because its covered up when I shoot. I always wear muffs at the range but I don't wear anything when I hunt because I need to hear a deer walking, a turkey gobbling, or a pheasant flushing. The ear specialist said that the damage is at high frequency sounds and my hearing test confirmed this. Apparently there are plugs you can wear while you're hunting that allow you to hear normal sounds but muffle the loud damaging noise the gun makes when it goes off. If I don't do something about this its only going to slowly just get worse. Thoughts?
Search "hearing protection" and you will find lots of discussion already in this forum.
I like Sound gear instant fit. Seems to be good protection and actually amplifies normal noise. Very comfortable to wear.
 
Search "hearing protection" and you will find lots of discussion already in this forum.
I like Sound gear instant fit. Seems to be good protection and actually amplifies normal noise. Very comfortable to wear.
Will I still hear my wife nagging me about wearing hearing protection?
 

mutthunt

Active member
I second what highvoltage uses. I'm on year 4 with mine, and they are still going strong. Use them every week during the summer for dog training. Only trouble is on really windy days, but that's life.

They have replaceable foam inserts, and I've found that the comply tips work the best for me.
 

Highvoltage

Active member
I second what highvoltage uses. I'm on year 4 with mine, and they are still going strong. Use them every week during the summer for dog training. Only trouble is on really windy days, but that's life.

They have replaceable foam inserts, and I've found that the comply tips work the best for me.
I bought some super comfortable replacement ear bud tips that can be worn all day.


 

mutthunt

Active member
I bought some super comfortable replacement ear bud tips that can be worn all day.


Those look like the same ones I use
 

Labs

Active member
I started hunting/shooting in the mid 60's, back when hearing protection wasn't even commonly used on ranges, let alone required. So between rock concerts (by the 80's I learned to always wear foam earplugs at indoor shows), the military, a 40 year LE career, flying light aircraft, and shooting god-alone knows how many rounds w/o hearing protection, my high frequency range hearing is pretty well shot.

I will say by the earl;y 80's I was wearing ear muffs on the range as well as plugs at rock shows and still do, but even now I don't like to wear hearing protection while hunting. I tried plugs and electronic muffs don't like them.

My wife on the other hand wears electronics muffs while hunting.
 

MetroGSP

Member
I bought a set of Tetra Hearing multi-pursuits last summer and used them last fall. They’re pricey, but great. They’re ANR, operate on hearing aid batteries, and only block out things like gun shots. Conversations can be had normally.
Developed by audiologists.
 

mutthunt

Active member
I bought a set of Tetra Hearing multi-pursuits last summer and used them last fall. They’re pricey, but great. They’re ANR, operate on hearing aid batteries, and only block out things like gun shots. Conversations can be had normally.
Developed by audiologists.
How do they do on really windy days?
 
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