Duck Hunting Hearing Protection?

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Duck Hunting Hearing Protection?

Postby boyplays24 » Thu May 30, 2013 12:20 am

does anyone know if the peltor 6 muffs (the ones that block out gun shots but not conversations) work well when duck hunting? my problem is i wonder if they block out duck calling as well or not? i'd like to be able to hear that but if it muffles that then they reall wouldn't be worth the purchase.
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Re: Duck Hunting Hearing Protection?

Postby Rick Hall » Thu May 30, 2013 5:45 am

My experience with similar (different brand) electronic muffs has been that I can't call with them on, as it drives me buggy to have my loud notes dampened. Was good to learn before springing for high dollar custom plugs.
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Re: Duck Hunting Hearing Protection?

Postby winchester1852 » Thu May 30, 2013 6:44 pm

sonic ear valves are awesome you can hear people talk you can hear birds but you don't go deaf at the end of a good hunt about $10 they are easy to clean if needed reusable, used a pair for two years so far best thing i have used.
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Re: Duck Hunting Hearing Protection?

Postby yamaha783 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:43 pm

not electronic, but for the money these have been my go-to for the last few years; hunt with yellow side in.

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Re: Duck Hunting Hearing Protection?

Postby WSUWESTON » Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:24 pm

yamaha783 wrote:not electronic, but for the money these have been my go-to for the last few years; hunt with yellow side in.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Combat-A ... l+Products


I have used these for two seasons as well. They are good, but are painful and tend to fall out when you wear a mask or anything over your ears.
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Re: Duck Hunting Hearing Protection?

Postby Rick Hall » Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:19 pm

Might want to give the Sonic Defenders Plus a look. They work as well as any plugs I've tried, offer two levels of protection, stay in place and are pretty comfortable.
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Re: Duck Hunting Hearing Protection?

Postby youngoilguy » Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:00 am

I went to the ear doctor after last season because I had a ringing in my ears that wouldn't go away. He told me I'm already beginning hearing loss and my tympanic membrane was in spasm from the gun going off. I ordered a set of musicians Ear plugs they drowned out the loud sounds but not the soft sounds. I can hear talking whistling wings and calling just fine but it dampens out the shotgun blasts. cost was 100 bucks well worth it. They molded it to my ear it fits great very comfortable. I didn't want muffs because bulky etc.
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Re: Duck Hunting Hearing Protection?

Postby dysco » Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:47 am

I got a Walker Game ear last season. Ear plug in the other ear. Works great but you can't tell where sounds are coming from. Better than losing my hearing for sure. My buddy wears earplugs and it sucks to try to tell him where I see birds. :lol3:
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Re: Duck Hunting Hearing Protection?

Postby Flatrock » Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:37 pm

I wear electronic ear muffs while duck hunting. After about 10 years, so does everyone else I hunt with. Normal conversation no problem, sounds of nature no problem. Does muffle calls a bit but like everything else you get used to it. Bothers me a lot more goose calling than duck calling. Sometimes amplifies sounds I don't want to hear like cars, generators, motors. Completely eliminates concern about muzzle blast. I wouldn't hunt without them. I find them warm and wear them right over a skin tight face mask. Would not want to wear them in a rain, but have had not problems in a snow. I have tried Pro Ears (good but expensive), Peletor (good and cheap), Howard Leight (good but headband snapped). More expensive does not seem to be better in my experience. Try them on and make sure the head strap in not too tight for your head. Definitely try some. Get ones with standard battery size like AAA, avoid special batteries.
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Re: Duck Hunting Hearing Protection?

Postby DeadDuckChuck » Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:36 pm

youngoilguy wrote:I went to the ear doctor after last season because I had a ringing in my ears that wouldn't go away. He told me I'm already beginning hearing loss and my tympanic membrane was in spasm from the gun going off. I ordered a set of musicians Ear plugs they drowned out the loud sounds but not the soft sounds. I can hear talking whistling wings and calling just fine but it dampens out the shotgun blasts. cost was 100 bucks well worth it. They molded it to my ear it fits great very comfortable. I didn't want muffs because bulky etc.



What brand and model did you get?
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Re: Duck Hunting Hearing Protection?

Postby lattehead » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:40 am

I agree completely with flatrock. I have been wearing electronic muffs for last 15 years. all the old duck hunters that I know(that were any good at it) are either deaf and/or suffering from tinnitus(this condition can be so hard to live with that people suffering from it sometimes kill themselves due to the unrelenting torture of it). hearing protection may seem like an inconvenience because they muffle duck calling sounds but you get used to it and adjust. when i call without muffs on , the sound seems strange to me now. it will guarantee you that all those old hunters would gladly trade the inconviences of using protection for the hearing damage they have now.

I use the proears electronic muffs. they work well but you have to keep them protected from moisture. I use zip lock baggies to keep them dry on the way to the hunting spot and then air them out after the hunt. excessive moisture will corrode the internal electronics and require refurbishing(pro ears does this for a fee) but I have found that with a little prevention, you can avoid this problem. they do require medical N batteries but you can get them for about 1.50 each($6 to run the muffs)and two sets will last a duck season when hunting everyday. the muffs are also nice because they keep your ears warm and if you turn up the volume you can hear wingbeats from a distance that your normal hearing couldn't detect. I wear them over a hat and facemask and they do not inhibit shooting at all.
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