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Title: Ear Protection
Post by: gallion_t on November 26, 2021, 03:41:10 PM
Does anyone have experience with any of the sound reducing ear plugs? The kind where you can hear normal conversation  and sounds, but they reduce the noise of shots?

Any recommendations or ones to stay away from? What im.most concerned about is either not being able to hear conversation or birds coming in. Also if they distort sound or make it annoying if theres wind or normal environmental noises.

Thank you
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: BeWitty on November 26, 2021, 04:08:01 PM
Last year I purchased the SoundGear Phantom ear protection. There is good and bad things about them. I wanted to use them for big game and bird hunting. No chance I will ever use them big game hunting, 2 reasons. They do distort sound and I donít trust them like I do my normal hearing and also because they donít do enough noise cancelling for a magnum caliber.

I do use them bird hunting and they are fine. But like I mentioned before, they do distort the sound a bit.
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: Kola16 on November 27, 2021, 12:22:18 AM
I have the Walker rope ones. I highly recommend them. The sound quality is not great, but they amplify sound if you want or you can just set them on how you would normally hear things, which is what I do. They completely block out the gunshot. The battery lasts the entire day of hunting :tup:
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: vandeman17 on November 27, 2021, 04:58:24 AM
I have the Walker rope ones. I highly recommend them. The sound quality is not great, but they amplify sound if you want or you can just set them on how you would normally hear things, which is what I do. They completely block out the gunshot. The battery lasts the entire day of hunting :tup:

Which model do you have? I need to scoop up a set for waterfowl hunting
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: gallion_t on November 27, 2021, 10:31:42 AM
I have the Walker rope ones. I highly recommend them. The sound quality is not great, but they amplify sound if you want or you can just set them on how you would normally hear things, which is what I do. They completely block out the gunshot. The battery lasts the entire day of hunting :tup:

When its on normal sound is it still distorted or can you have normal conversations and hear birds and such?
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: 85yota on November 27, 2021, 10:44:12 AM
Not to derail the thread but I was always under the assumption electronic hearing devices were illegal, don't duck hunt much but my brother does and this is what he told me last weekend.. I didn't think it made sense but the sound enhancement is the problem he says?
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: BD1 on November 27, 2021, 11:12:57 AM
I have never heard that one (no pun intended)
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: lokidog on November 27, 2021, 06:16:14 PM
Not to derail the thread but I was always under the assumption electronic hearing devices were illegal, don't duck hunt much but my brother does and this is what he told me last weekend.. I didn't think it made sense but the sound enhancement is the problem he says?

Can't use electronics to make sounds (other than when permitted), hearing them is fine.

Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: 85yota on November 27, 2021, 06:41:39 PM
Ahh he was wrong than atleast he was on the safe side I guess lol
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: Kola16 on November 28, 2021, 01:40:06 AM
I have the Walker rope ones. I highly recommend them. The sound quality is not great, but they amplify sound if you want or you can just set them on how you would normally hear things, which is what I do. They completely block out the gunshot. The battery lasts the entire day of hunting :tup:

Which model do you have? I need to scoop up a set for waterfowl hunting
https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/walkers-rope-hearing-enhancer?ds_e=GOOGLE&ds_c=Nb%7CGeneric%7CCatchAll%7CDSA&gclid=Cj0KCQiA7oyNBhDiARIsADtGRZbigt-5x3Trdt0QdGkzeR5Imc0inVmtoVMtXjPWsd9JOvsSbxI8gPYaAqlhEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

I use them for waterfowl and upland. I love them. They were $50 when I bought them a few years ago. I see they jacked up the price. I just saw a set a Sportsman's Warehouse in store, but I didn't happen to look at the price. Well worth it anyway
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: Kola16 on November 28, 2021, 01:52:00 AM
I have the Walker rope ones. I highly recommend them. The sound quality is not great, but they amplify sound if you want or you can just set them on how you would normally hear things, which is what I do. They completely block out the gunshot. The battery lasts the entire day of hunting :tup:
When its on normal sound is it still distorted or can you have normal conversations and hear birds and such?
Oh easily. You can have a normal conversation and hear birds quacking and flying just as well as you can without hearing protection. It just sounds like you're in a video game kind of, but you forget about it after a few minutes of them being in. It just becomes as if they aren't even in. You can still wear a beanie over them too since they're low profile.

I lost my first pair a few years ago and quickly bought another pair. I don't go hunting or shooting without them. They come with a good case and when I'm done they go in the top pocket of my waders ready for the next hunt after a charging. Same thing when I'm done with the hunt they go back in the top pocket of my waders.

They do mute the high pitch cluck when you're goose calling though. It doesn't mute your duck calling though :tup:
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: vandeman17 on November 28, 2021, 08:20:26 AM
I have the Walker rope ones. I highly recommend them. The sound quality is not great, but they amplify sound if you want or you can just set them on how you would normally hear things, which is what I do. They completely block out the gunshot. The battery lasts the entire day of hunting :tup:

Which model do you have? I need to scoop up a set for waterfowl hunting
https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/walkers-rope-hearing-enhancer?ds_e=GOOGLE&ds_c=Nb%7CGeneric%7CCatchAll%7CDSA&gclid=Cj0KCQiA7oyNBhDiARIsADtGRZbigt-5x3Trdt0QdGkzeR5Imc0inVmtoVMtXjPWsd9JOvsSbxI8gPYaAqlhEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

I use them for waterfowl and upland. I love them. They were $50 when I bought them a few years ago. I see they jacked up the price. I just saw a set a Sportsman's Warehouse in store, but I didn't happen to look at the price. Well worth it anyway

I see them on camofire often but never have pulled the trigger
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: gallion_t on November 28, 2021, 08:21:44 AM
Thanks for the review. Ive added them to my Christmas list.

Heads up Amazon and midway have them for $40. Much better price.
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: Kola16 on November 28, 2021, 02:28:53 PM
Thanks for the review. Ive added them to my Christmas list.

Heads up Amazon and midway have them for $40. Much better price.
Ooooh that's a good price, thanks for the heads up I'm gonna pick up a backup pair :tup:
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: Russ McDonald on November 28, 2021, 03:19:13 PM
Walker Silencers BT 2.0.  They work great on the range and out in the field.  My only problem is it really amplifies the wind also water like streams.  The tendinitis mixed with that drives me bananas. Not a duck hunter though but have used them turkey hunting.  Can hear turkeys like they are right on top of you but muffles my calling.

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Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: metlhead on November 28, 2021, 07:01:54 PM
Better have that tendinitis looked at by good doctor if it can be heard. Man that has got to hurt.
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: Russ McDonald on November 28, 2021, 08:21:36 PM
Better have that tendinitis looked at by good doctor if it can be heard. Man that has got to hurt.
One of my VA disiabilities. 

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Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: TheStovePipeKid on November 28, 2021, 10:04:28 PM
Better have that tendinitis looked at by good doctor if it can be heard. Man that has got to hurt.
One of my VA disiabilities.

:lol4: tendinitis vs tinnitus
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: Russ McDonald on November 28, 2021, 10:19:55 PM
Better have that tendinitis looked at by good doctor if it can be heard. Man that has got to hurt.
One of my VA disiabilities.

4: tendinitis vs tinnitus
Stupid spell check on the phone.  Yup that.  Ringing in the ears.

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Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: metlhead on November 28, 2021, 11:16:58 PM
Now I 'hear' where you are coming from. Joking aside, hit by an Iraqi mortar myself. That ringing will never go away, will only get worse, and is amplified so much in ultra quiet settings. I can only wear ear protection for short periods. Wearing while hunting is out of the question.
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: Russ McDonald on November 29, 2021, 06:39:16 AM
Now I 'hear' where you are coming from. Joking aside, hit by an Iraqi mortar myself. That ringing will never go away, will only get worse, and is amplified so much in ultra quiet settings. I can only wear ear protection for short periods. Wearing while hunting is out of the question.
I actually where hearing aids now.  Ringing is still there but not amplified and seems like my hearing adds will cut out loud noises.  Used them during and fall turkey hunt and didn't notice the gun shot.  I would absolutely recommend hearing protection during hunting.  Especially ducking hunting.  I did duck hunt when I was a kid back in MN and never wore hearing protection having my brother or friend shooting next to me I am sure is why I have hearing issues now.
Title: Re: Ear Protection
Post by: 2MANY on November 29, 2021, 08:00:18 AM
The sport ear ones I bought allow me to hear the play in a football huddle from inside my truck. Lol
That said they produce odd amplified sound and block my own elk bugle noise which makes calling difficult.
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