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#6861373 - 08/19/17 07:06 AM Ear protection while dove hunting
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 10300
Loc: Frisco, Texas
I will admit, I haven't found an answer to this. I need to be able to hear while hunting doves. The amplified muffs are way too hot, the foam plugs are too good, can't hear anything but my breathing. I cant afford $1000 for ESP plugs.

How about a cotton ball like in the old days???

I usually don't wear anything...........what, I couldn't hear you....
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#6861441 - 08/19/17 08:29 AM Re: Ear protection while dove hunting [Re: Buzzsaw]
12gauge Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/07/13
Posts: 42
Loc: Midlothian, Ellis County
I have toiled with this issue myself. I have severe Tinnitus and at least one doctor has told me I have Meniere disease, so I an very keen not to damage my hearing any more than it already is. Besides growing up in a shooting and hunting family I worked the flight line at Edwards AFB on F-15's. The Pratt & Whitney F-100 engines did me in. The problem with most of the plugs is that you can't hear your buddy holler BIRD or ROOSTER!

Has anyone tried these? https://www.google.com/shopping/product/...wBA4Q8wII7gMwDA
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#6861506 - 08/19/17 09:31 AM Re: Ear protection while dove hunting [Re: Buzzsaw]
Creek Henry Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/29/13
Posts: 268
Loc: Dallas
I use foam but only put them in only about halfway. I can still hear pretty well and shotguns aren"t overly loud anyway (not like magnums in an indoor range). I can leave them in that way most of the day without chaffing

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#6861529 - 08/19/17 09:56 AM Re: Ear protection while dove hunting [Re: Creek Henry]
Guy Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 27239
Loc: Lake X
I been using the orange foam plugs for 15 years, they work great, and they are cheap. I keep a bunch on me if a lose them or hand them out. You get used to them. I can hear people talking fine and I can hear birds too. I can hear the whistling wings with those plugs in, and my hearing is bad and getting worse. That being said, I been saying for years I want to get some fancy ear plugs that block sound only when you pull the trigger. And I don't want no ear muffs.

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#6862040 - 08/19/17 06:54 PM Re: Ear protection while dove hunting [Re: 12gauge]
colt45 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 7333
Loc: bastrop county
Originally Posted By: 12gauge
I have toiled with this issue myself. I have severe Tinnitus and at least one doctor has told me I have Meniere disease, so I an very keen not to damage my hearing any more than it already is. Besides growing up in a shooting and hunting family I worked the flight line at Edwards AFB on F-15's. The Pratt & Whitney F-100 engines did me in. The problem with most of the plugs is that you can't hear your buddy holler BIRD or ROOSTER!

Has anyone tried these? https://www.google.com/shopping/product/...wBA4Q8wII7gMwDA
have the same condition, 5" gun mount on a tincan, started then all the years doing construction (table saw ect)added to the demise of my hearing
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#6862763 - 08/20/17 02:56 PM Re: Ear protection while dove hunting [Re: colt45]
12gauge Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/07/13
Posts: 42
Loc: Midlothian, Ellis County
Wouldn't we be a pair in the field? "Colt! Bird!!!" What?
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#6862777 - 08/20/17 03:04 PM Re: Ear protection while dove hunting [Re: 12gauge]
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 10300
Loc: Frisco, Texas
Originally Posted By: 12gauge
Wouldn't we be a pair in the field? "Colt! Bird!!!" What?


That's funny, I could see this happening to me too, "Buzz, Bird!!!" "What"...."never mind" "He long gone now"
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#6863617 - 08/21/17 10:40 AM Re: Ear protection while dove hunting [Re: Buzzsaw]
pdt818 Offline
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Registered: 12/27/12
Posts: 32
Loc: Brookshire, TX
Just got a set of these and used them at the range over the weekend. Absolutely amazing and not a bad price for electronic dampening earbuds.

http://www.gsmoutdoors.com/shopping/Silencer-in-the-Ear-PAIR-P1032.aspx

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#6863993 - 08/21/17 03:14 PM Re: Ear protection while dove hunting [Re: Buzzsaw]
Greekangler Offline
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Registered: 09/05/04
Posts: 1655
Loc: North Tejas
I finally bought a pair a digitals would never hunt without anything else all it takes is one shot and you can lose 50% plus of your hearing not worth it
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#6864071 - 08/21/17 04:19 PM Re: Ear protection while dove hunting [Re: pdt818]
Guy Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 27239
Loc: Lake X
Originally Posted By: pdt818
Just got a set of these and used them at the range over the weekend. Absolutely amazing and not a bad price for electronic dampening earbuds.

http://www.gsmoutdoors.com/shopping/Silencer-in-the-Ear-PAIR-P1032.aspx

So you like them huh? How did find out about them?

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#6864072 - 08/21/17 04:20 PM Re: Ear protection while dove hunting [Re: Greekangler]
Guy Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 27239
Loc: Lake X
Originally Posted By: Greekangler
I finally bought a pair a digitals would never hunt without anything else all it takes is one shot and you can lose 50% plus of your hearing not worth it

What do you use?

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#6864101 - 08/21/17 04:43 PM Re: Ear protection while dove hunting [Re: Greekangler]
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 10300
Loc: Frisco, Texas
Originally Posted By: Greekangler
I finally bought a pair a digitals would never hunt without anything else all it takes is one shot and you can lose 50% plus of your hearing not worth it


which did you get?
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#6864449 - 08/21/17 09:17 PM Re: Ear protection while dove hunting [Re: Buzzsaw]
twinbubba Offline
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Registered: 08/20/09
Posts: 2544
Loc: DFW
Here is what I use.

You can hear people talking, it's not as restrictive as the foam ear plugs. Mine are probably 10 years old and have served me well.
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#6864892 - 08/22/17 09:42 AM Re: Ear protection while dove hunting [Re: Buzzsaw]
bruiser Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/04/06
Posts: 71
Loc: Austin, Tx
I went to a ear doctor a number of years ago and he asked if I shot guns. He asked if I wore hearing protection and I said yes with rifles but not really with shotguns. He said that I should wear at least one ear plug in my left ear since I am right handed as the left ear is closer and not protected to the gun blast. Since then I have wore one foam plug in my left ear during dove season with no ill effects and you can still have a conversation.

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#6865072 - 08/22/17 12:03 PM Re: Ear protection while dove hunting [Re: Buzzsaw]
UTMallard Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 02/26/10
Posts: 168
Loc: Grayson County
These are really good. Comfortable and the passive filter allows you to hear normal conversation pretty well. I have $100+ molded/custom plugs and I like these much better.

https://www.alpinehearingprotection.com/earplugs/worksafe/

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