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#11728601 - 01/11/17 Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game?
pharmvet Offline
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Registered: 01/16/07
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Loc: Texas
Anyone use any type of hearing protection? I never have while hunting quail but I'm starting to rethink it. Need something so that you can still hear flushing birds, but after 3 days of shotgun blasts and whistles I think I have auditory fatigue! Lol. Caught a couple of muzzle blasts from my buddies standing slightly behind me that left a lasting impression. You guys that have been at it for a long time suffering any hearing loss from the shotgun?


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#11728627 - 01/11/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: pharmvet]
RWE Offline
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Registered: 09/04/07
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Loc: Old North State
Yes.

I found that light duty ear plugs and some "keep your ears warm" ear muffs take the edge off the crack yet still let me hear the birds flush.

I don't let anyone stand near me and shoot.
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#11728869 - 01/11/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: pharmvet]
WyoCoyoteHunter Offline
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Registered: 02/04/11
Posts: 7869
Loc: Carbon Co. Wyoming
I do almost 100 percent of the time.. Can't afford to loose any more of what I have left!!!!!

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#11728893 - 01/11/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: pharmvet]
websterparish47 Offline
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Registered: 10/18/11
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Loc: Northwest corner of Louisiana
Always wear hearing protection. Even the cheaper electronic muffs will keep your ears warm and let you hear the flush while helping protect your hearing.

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#11728930 - 01/11/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: pharmvet]
persiandog Offline
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Registered: 09/07/15
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Loc: Bay Area CA.
always no matter what kind of hunting.

P.

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#11733027 - 01/12/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: pharmvet]
rondrews Offline
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Registered: 01/23/08
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Loc: Northwest Wisconsin
I'm 82 years old and my hearing is still fairly good after 4 years in the Marine Corps and untold shotgun and rifle shots without any protection at all. I have a high frequency loss, which is the result of the shots, but it's not disasterous. I worked for Beltone the hearing Aid company for many years and the Audiologist there told me that close up rounds can damage your hearing. If I had to do it over, even though I'm not too bad off, I would wear ear plugs as much as possible. Especially in a Waterfowl Blind, where your partner is right next to you.
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#11734057 - 01/13/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: pharmvet]
castnblast Offline
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Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1775
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
Yes, always. I won't shoot one shot without hearing protection any more. People who shoot without hearing protection are permanently damaging their hearing with every shot. It is cumulative, irreversible, and you won't know until it is too late.

My hearing has been severely damaged by doing too much shooting without protection and other dumb stuff. I have constant tinnitus and frequency loss and bad balance.

I use Etymotic hearing protectors lately while hunting, they are built something regular like hearing aids but are meant for shooters. Work OK and cost much less than prescription hearing aids.

I otherwise use electronic muffs, and somethimes the valve type ear plugs that still allow some sound in while giving some blast protection.

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#11734790 - 01/13/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: pharmvet]
munsterlander Offline
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Registered: 07/21/13
Posts: 30
Loc: WA
Like the others, I always do, for maybe the last 15-20 years after doing the first 15-20 years without, and having some tinnitus and hearing loss as a result. My brother has the expensive electronic devices, but what I found and like to use are what used to be called the Sonic Ear Valves, and are now a different name (link below.) THey are cheap so I have a pair in my upland vest, in my waterfowl gear. I can still hear birds flush, and wings of birds overhead when duck hunting. I believe they work as I don't experience the after effects of gun blasts, even in duck blinds with other guys barrels near my head, and I think I my hearing issues have not become worse. I think there are other brands similar on the market. Mine are fairly comfortable for me.
http://www.earplugstore.com/health-enterprises-acu-life-shooters-impact-ear-plugs.html

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#11734834 - 01/13/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: pharmvet]
munsterlander Offline
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Registered: 07/21/13
Posts: 30
Loc: WA
Hear is an article by a well-known gun writer about his experience with "Sonic Ear Valves" and his experience and feeling about them is exactly the same as mine (for once someone agrees with me!)
http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/the-gun-nuts/ear-valves-hearing-protection-for-hunters

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#11734845 - 01/13/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: munsterlander]
Mike_S Online   content
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Originally Posted By munsterlander
Like the others, I always do, for maybe the last 15-20 years after doing the first 15-20 years without, and having some tinnitus and hearing loss as a result. My brother has the expensive electronic devices, but what I found and like to use are what used to be called the Sonic Ear Valves, and are now a different name (link below.) THey are cheap so I have a pair in my upland vest, in my waterfowl gear. I can still hear birds flush, and wings of birds overhead when duck hunting. I believe they work as I don't experience the after effects of gun blasts, even in duck blinds with other guys barrels near my head, and I think I my hearing issues have not become worse. I think there are other brands similar on the market. Mine are fairly comfortable for me.
http://www.earplugstore.com/health-enterprises-acu-life-shooters-impact-ear-plugs.html


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I have been using similar ear plugs for most of my bird hunting for the last couple years and they work great..

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#11734892 - 01/13/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: pharmvet]
whackem_stackem Offline
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Registered: 01/13/16
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Loc: Minnesota
As a musician I have been using Etymotic High Fidelity ear plugs for years. They work great for shooting too. I use them for sporting clays and hunting.
Sounds are clear, you don't think they work until the volume goes up or the gun goes off.

Etymotic
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#11735119 - 01/13/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: pharmvet]
DakotaDeer Offline
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Registered: 01/19/05
Posts: 17830
Earlier season, especially when waterfowl hunting, use foam earplugs at the very least in the left ear. Calling often will hurt my ears as well as shooting.

If anyone is shooting near me, for sure I will have protection on both ears.

Late season pheasant hunting, I'm usually wearing a heavy hat with ear muffs and maybe a head band also. That seems to dull the shotgun blasts enough.

I have also found there is a distinct difference to me between ammo that produces 1400fps and higher velocities (say high-speed steel) versus 1250fps pheasant loads. The first really "cracks" my ears and feels damaging. The latter doesn't feel nearly as bad.

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#11736036 - 01/14/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: pharmvet]
Whttail_in_MT Offline
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Registered: 02/17/04
Posts: 4786
I'm trying really hard to convince myself to spend this much money: https://earinc.com/shothunt-series/

Until then, I have two sets of moulded silicone plugs, one set with Hocks Noise Brakers.

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#11736241 - 01/14/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: pharmvet]
rondrews Offline
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Registered: 01/23/08
Posts: 389
Loc: Northwest Wisconsin
whttail, At least you are using something. There are less expensive earplugs around. I don't get the electronic ones. The ones I have seen only amplify sounds, not deaden them. I could be wrong on this, because I'm not looking any further. When I shoot, I just use a pair of foam plugs. They do it for me and they are peanuts.
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#11739411 - 01/15/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: pharmvet]
castnblast Offline
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Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1775
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
rondrews, the Etymotic electronic plugs that I use do cut out blasts, not just amplify sounds. Of course, foam plugs do the job too!


Edited by castnblast (01/15/17)
Edit Reason: fixed spelling

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#11742369 - 01/16/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: castnblast]
flyphishr Offline
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Registered: 08/04/05
Posts: 1169
Loc: Shrewsbury, PA
I guess I figure I'm not really shooting that many shots when I go out for pheasants or grouse so I never bothered with it. Guess I should though. I lost some high pitch hearing from my time in the military but can hear just about everything else.

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#11747161 - 01/18/17 Re: Anyone use hearing protection while hunting upland game? [Re: pharmvet]
Odessa Offline
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Registered: 02/09/01
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Loc: Downeast NC
I've been wearing the basic foam plugs for many years - much more consistently now than in earlier years. I do have tinnitus (it's at a tolerable level) but I don't want it to get any worse.
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