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Digital hearing protection

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by tom pond, Nov 24, 2010.

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  1. tom pond

    tom pond TS Member

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    I hate foam/reusable earplugs. When I use them I feel like I have a head cold with plugged up head. I dont like ear muffs because they interfere with my stock. I like the way the digital ear muffs work by amplifying voice and blocking out gunshots. Has anybody tried the digital earplugs, if so, what brand are the best? Thanks, Tom.
     
  2. Setterman

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    I tried the E.A.R type and couldn't get them to seat properly. Used them for 4 years and probably damaged my ears more than if I had used foam.

    I have a pair of BIGPAPA's silicone injected fitted ear plugs now. Best I've had.
     
  3. EuroJoe

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    They work great, had the first set 20 years, finally didn't fit my ears anymore
    I got the analog ones for 800, but you can spend up to 2500 for the best digital ones.
    If they don't fit correctly they won't work right. If Setterman's didn't fit right, he should have sent them back for a redo. They take a mold from your ears, which serve as a back-up set if you lise them,etc.
     
  4. ivanhoe

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    You guy do what ever you feel is cool. For my money and speaking as one who has a profound hearing loss. I don't put anything is my ears that will amplify sound on the firing line. Just seems counter productive to me.

    If I spend a total of 3 hours out of the entire day on the firing line I can live with a stuffed head feeling for that length of time. After all it isn't like I am going to the opera is it.

    Bob Lawless
     
  5. phirel

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    I love the feel of foam ear plugs in my ears. It tells me that I am ready to shoot.

    Pat Ireland
     
  6. Mike562

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    I use the esp analog and think they are awesome. i have found that as i am shooting i have them turned all the way down though as it is too distracting being able to hear everyone talking, etc. As a side benefit they are great for hunting also and much more comfortable to wear than muffs.
     
  7. Mike562

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    I use the esp analog and think they are awesome. i have found that as i am shooting i have them turned all the way down though as it is too distracting being able to hear everyone talking, etc. As a side benefit they are great for hunting also and much more comfortable to wear than muffs.
     
  8. Mike562

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    I use the esp analog and think they are awesome. i have found that as i am shooting i have them turned all the way down though as it is too distracting being able to hear everyone talking, etc. As a side benefit they are great for hunting also and much more comfortable to wear than muffs.
     
  9. Mike562

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    I use the esp analog and think they are awesome. i have found that as i am shooting i have them turned all the way down though as it is too distracting being able to hear everyone talking, etc. As a side benefit they are great for hunting also and much more comfortable to wear than muffs.
     
  10. Mike562

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    I use the esp analog and think they are awesome. i have found that as i am shooting i have them turned all the way down though as it is too distracting being able to hear everyone talking, etc. As a side benefit they are great for hunting also and much more comfortable to wear than muffs.
     
  11. Mike562

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    I use the esp analog and think they are awesome. i have found that as i am shooting i have them turned all the way down though as it is too distracting being able to hear everyone talking, etc. As a side benefit they are great for hunting also and much more comfortable to wear than muffs.
     
  12. Mike562

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    I use the esp analog and think they are awesome. i have found that as i am shooting i have them turned all the way down though as it is too distracting being able to hear everyone talking, etc. As a side benefit they are great for hunting also and much more comfortable to wear than muffs.
     
  13. Mike562

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    I use the esp analog and think they are awesome. i have found that as i am shooting i have them turned all the way down though as it is too distracting being able to hear everyone talking, etc. As a side benefit they are great for hunting also and much more comfortable to wear than muffs.
     
  14. Mike562

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    I use the esp analog and think they are awesome. i have found that as i am shooting i have them turned all the way down though as it is too distracting being able to hear everyone talking, etc. As a side benefit they are great for hunting also and much more comfortable to wear than muffs.
     
  15. Brian in Oregon

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    Someone needs a release mouse.
     
  16. chipking

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    As I sit here with ear drops in my ear from an ear inflammation/infection that may have come from my fitted plugs and a shoot last Saturday I have decided that I am going back to E.A.R. foam plugs. They have a higher reduction rating than even my fitted plugs and I will be opening a fresh bag of 2 for each use. Think about it. How many times do you clean your fitted plugs. Do you lick them clean or wipe them off on your shirt or pants. Do they hang in the plastic pouch on your shooting bag in your car and get taken out at each shoot where you scrub the brown crust off with your finger nail. Between rounds do you drop them in the bag or your pocket or the pouch where all of the last years germs have been fermenting in the sun. Just my 2 cents.

    --- Chip King ---
     
  17. jim brown

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    Good point Chip. I think I will start carrying prep pads to clean mine.

    Jim brown
     
  18. blade819

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    I use EAR Digital and they are the best investment that I have ever made. I wish I used them years ago. However, they do eat up batteries.

    blade819
     
  19. MilfordMike

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    When I have my "in the ear poured ear plugs" made by my audiologist, she is imperative about wearing nothing in your ear on the range that electronically "shuts off" sound. Why? Her reasoning is that it takes the electronic device in the ear plug a few milliseconds to sense the sound and then another few milliseconds to shut it off. All this time your ear is exposed to the full blast noise of the shot even though you cannot feel it. Over time this can have the same effect as not using any plugs at all. Also, for what it's worth, she also recommends using outside muffs over the in the ear molder plugs for max protection. These facts she knows as it's her lifes' business -
    Mike
     
  20. blade819

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    Electronic ears do not shut off the sound. They muffel the lower decibles associated with shotgun blasts.
     
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