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Electronic Ear Plugs

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by teddy34, Oct 16, 2012.

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  1. teddy34

    teddy34 TS Member

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    This may have been covered before, but here goes. I would like advice on
    earplugs that would help me keep track of my hunting dogs (pointing). I have a couple of collars with beepers, but the location noise is so high pitch that I can not hear it.

    I would also like to use at sporting clays shoots, some headphones I have tried
    block the shot, but make the sound of my Rhino so load, I have to take off
    between stations. I would prefer earplugs, as headphones hit my stock.
    Thanks for any input,
    Gary Owen
     
  2. acss

    acss Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    i have E.A.R. inc molded - actually have electronic in right ear(looks like hearing aid my father wears) and solid silcone molded in left --it works great--you can turn up and hear way off! cost was around $500 for the one and i really dont think i ever needed both! i think every duck hunter shud use it in a blind-
     
  3. wireguy

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    Gary, one thing I discovered with my dog's beeper collars is to cup my hands behind my ears, increasing the sound gathering area, and slowly turn in circles until I home in. Like you I am deaf in those frequencies but when I cup my ears like that I can usually hear them.
     
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    I bought a $2500 pair of digital. BIG disappointment. For trap I always use the foam disposables now and leave the digitals in the box. Nice investment that are useless as they seem to malfunction regularly, been sent back to the manufacturer several times, take too long to come back and still dont work to my satisfaction (or just fail again with brand new batteries.

    For $500 I would buy a Garmin Astro package to track the dogs and use $.50 foam plugs (which is what I did, too).
     
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    Walker's Game Ear makes a hearing aid type that works well and are affordable. They use a foam plug so no worry about a change in fit. Factory reconditioned models may be available on ebay at a good price.
     
  7. teddy34

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    Has anyone had experience with Pro Fit or Pro Ears (in the ear style)?
    Thanks, Gary
     
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    EARinc 40+YEARS IN THE BIZ GIVE THEM A CALL 1-800-525-2600 MOUNTAIN TIME 9TO5 THY HAVE REP ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO FIT YOU.
     
  9. shotgun 1

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    There are only a few labs in the world that produce the circuitry for in-the-ears. The expense comes in the programming, hence the potential value one may attach to them may come from matching the circuitry to one's needs, ie, if you don't need four circuits, don't buy them. The more beat up your hearing is, the more likely you will benefit from the extra options.

    The Pro Fits seem a good value for the "bells and whistles" offered. Their price point is a bit lower than some for the same features. Their shells are the same material as everybody eles's that I'm aware of. Their warranty is good and they come with a money back guarantee. I don't have the plugs, but have worn their e-muffs for several years. The folks there are good to deal with. The plugs are made in labs that do hearing aid work and likely make the plugs for other manufacturers as well.

    Jack Homa, at ESP also provides great customer service.
    Dave
     
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    Foam Pro ears
     
  11. FlaLagarto

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    Gary,

    I make custom molded ear plugs and have made the molds for some electronics made in the labs at E.A.R.inc If I can be of any help feel free to call me anytime. My home base is out of Florida, but I travel a good deal to major shoots.

    Jerry Bryant

    Silent Treatment Hearing Protection and Enhancement
    941-380-2111
     
  12. ralphbeagle

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    On the beepers...have you tried different ones? Different ones DO have a different pitch / tone, even within the same brand. The newer Tri-tronics is SUPPOSED to be better for those with some heaing loss; can't say if that's true or not (so far I'm not having problems with any of them), but I DO know it sounds different than the old one.

    FYI: Another place you might try this question is on the Upland Journal web site.
     
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    From what I have resrearched is there are no electronic ear plugs that will save you hearing. Even though it appears to be working that you don't hear the shot the electronic ear cannot shut out the part that does dammage to you ear quick enough. Don't know how true but I don't want to take a chance. My hearing is already shot to hell.
     
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    After having a hearing test by a specialist, he said the same thing, No electronic device works well enough to do the job and many have poor out of the box fit. This makes them worse than foam plugs.

    There is also transferred sound damage through your jaw and skull.
     
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    I shoot sporting and use Howard Light and really like them. I can hear the trap release and conversation between squad members. However, they do bang the stock on a gun mount from to time. My question is what is the difference between analog and digital in ear electronic hearing protection?
     
  16. teddy34

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    Thanks to the input from everyone. Greg LV, I have not heard of Howard Light,
    but will see what I can find on them. Ralphbeagle, I have tried Sport Dog,
    DT (baritone) and others, but all sound like tweety birds, I will try Tritronics. Thanks, Gary Owen
     
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