Hearing Protection

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  1. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    Does anyone have any experience with ear plugs that enhances hearing, as well as, protects hearing? I've got some hearing loss in my right ear and a bit of tinnitus. I need to start wearing something while hunting.

    Brand suggestions and price range would be helpful. I appreciate it.
     
  2. Dark Cloud

    Dark Cloud 8 pointer

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    Ive used walker game ear for several years,I've got a fourty percent lose in my left ear.I use it to balance out my hearing,without it I get the direction of the sound wrong.I went to a hearing Dr. and had an insert made to fit my ear ,it made a big difference.It still picks up a lot of distortion in a strong wind.I would buy another if I needed it,well worth the money in my opinion.
     
  3. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

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    i've used ESP (electronic shooting protection) for 10+ years, since i had my first muzzle break. outstanding units. i started with the analog and upgraded last year to the digital. pricey but what's your hearing worth?
     
  4. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    What brand of ESP and model are you using? I want to keep my hearing from getting worse.
     
  5. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

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    http://espamerica.com/

    Elite digital. had the classic.

    if you go this route, recommend to go with the orange color in case you drop one................. in the leaves..........from 20' treestand.........in the dark. guess how i know that? :)
     
  6. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    I see now. ESP is the brand.
     
  7. countryboy3006

    countryboy3006 Spike

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    I have a set of the sound gear instant fit ear plugs. They come with two sizes of rubber plugs that the electronic piece slides into. I have had great luck with them. They can make it harder for me to hear what someone is saying if I am walking because you hear so much of the noise from your feet if you are in leaves or thick stuff. Just have to stop walking to talk. I wear them all the time when i'm out. I think they are around $300 on amazon. I would buy another set if mine went bad.
     
  8. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    Do the ESP enhance sound or make it to where you can hear like normal, but keep the plugs in all day?
     
  9. I have used electronic muffs that have the bionic hearing feature. They enable super hearing if you turn up the volume and are directional. They cut out to muffle loud sounds like gunshot. My impression is that they were too directional and made it harder to hear behind me and made small critters like ground squirrels or birds sound like Godzilla. And wind noise was terrible. This was all very distracting. I still have them but do not hunt with them anymore.

    Irish
     
  10. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    I'm only considering the inner ear plugs. I'm not considering muff as I wear shooting glasses and muffs don't usually feel good with glasses in my experience. Likewise, in general, I'm more apt to wear an ear plug than muffs.
     
  11. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

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    both. enhances sounds around you, depending how much you turn them up. also, allows normal conversation including whispering. i have worn them on many hunts for 10+ hours, prior to daylight til after dark. forget they are in my ears.
    the only issues i have had are;
    -covering your ears with something creates feedback at times.
    -hunting extreme cold (my alberta deer hunts), the plugs freeze up due to the perspiration inside your ears. they thaw quickly after getting in a warm truck, etc.
    -something failed on on plug after 10 years. i upgraded to the digital instead of repairing.
    looks like the only place in west ky that handles ESP is a hearing specialist in Hoptown. if you get these, save the molds in case you get new ones on lose one. saves a lot of time.
     

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