hearing aids ?

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  1. gpostal

    gpostal Former Guest

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    i was looking at walkers game ear ,and it looks so much like the older style hearing aids ,and i was wondering if any of you used or knew someone that uses regular hearing aids and do they have a db{noise level} cut off ?
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    inplanotx New Member

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    Postal, you mean like when you fire the weapon it cuts down the sharp db rise? Should be in the specs.
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    yep thats what i mean ,but not all of them offer that particular spec

    walker game ear is over a hundred bucks ,a normal behind the ear hearing aid is around thirty ,i pulled a few pictures of both and thats what they look like ,i think he just had a good ideal and started marketing them
  4. armedandsafe

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    All hearing aids have a natural limit on how much volume is passed on, based on the electronics of the amplifier. Not all, however, have the noise limiting circuitry to sharply cut off the damaging noises. Check your specs and you will find no mention of how fast they respond to sharp increases in noise level, nor how much noise, maximum, they will allow in your ear. The aids designed to protect your ear from damage have special circuitry to perform this task.

    Pops
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    I wear hearing aids that have an adjustable db cutout setting. Mine are computer programable and I can have the cutout point set anywhere I want it. I still don't use them when shooting, though. Don't want to take a chance on wrecking those very expensive little buggers...:eek:
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    thanks guys ,and THANK YOU TOO REDNECK!



    sorry couldn't resist
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    guy i know at the range just takes his hearing aids out when he shoots . . .guess that works too
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    hopefully i will find out in the next week ,my stepfather passed a few years ago ,and he had two very expensive hearing aids ,my mother is going to bring them down for me to try ,nothing like taking your muffs off to hear someone ,and another person shooting at the same time
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    I wear aids in both ears. Total cost was about 1850.00.

    When I shoot I take them out and still wear protection to protect what little I have left. If I loose what little I have, I hear nothing, even with the aids.

    My question would be, WRT Walker, can they be set for one such as I with extreme hearing loss to hear better in the woods while still protecting the ears from muzzle blast?
  10. armedandsafe

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    That is exactly what they are designed for, Marlin. They have cut off circuitry with a very sharp knee, to progtect your ears from sudden noise above a given level. They have limiting circuitry to reduce loud noises in the damaging levels. Then, they amplify all sounds to sensitize your hearing.

    Some people who normally wear hearing aids find things sound "funny" when using these types of aids. Their regular aids are tuned to their particular hearing loss, amplifying certain frequencies more than others, to provide a "natural" sound. The hunting/shooting aids are broad spectrum, amplifying all frequencies the same amount (technically not quite true, but close enough.)

    Pops
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    Don't want to take a chance on wrecking those very expensive little buggers...

    you said it...mine ran around $1800.00
    heh...::Sigh::...the cost of hearing...damn i could built a good gun for this...eh??
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    One other thing - not mentioned, but maybe implied - if you have hearing aids AND they have a cut off at high dB, you still may NOT have appropriate protection.

    Said another way, if the hearing aid wasn't an aid at all, just a plug that look like one - how much dB REDCUTION is generated by the earpiece? If your not getting a reduction in dB, all you have is the electronics not amplifying an already really loud noise.

    I use the Peltor Tac6 amplified muffs most of the time - they work good for me. Not near the price of aids - handy on the range. I wear them hunting as they keep the ol' ear flaps warm, plus boost loacl sounds.
  13. gpostal

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    got them today ,tried them out they work fine ,i took a shell with just a primer and fired it ,i did hear it a bit so then i tried it with out them {can you say duh!} riiiiiing!!!!

    but i had to know ,now i just have to see how they do on the range with full loads
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