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    Impulse ear plugs

    Hi all

    Is anybody using pulse earplugs for hunting? Something similar to these: https://www.pacificears.co.nz/product/pro-impulse/. Interested in your thoughts if so. Such as, are they comfortable to wear for longish durations (say 1 hour)? How does wind noise affect them? Can you still hear conversation? Whispered conversation? Rustling of bushes?

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    "Yes" to all your questions but it depends on exactly what you get. Custom plugs, electronic or passive, are only as good as the ear impressions taken and that will vary hugely. Nothing worth having will be cheap with electronics.

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    Cheers for the reply @6x47. do you have a model or 2 you would recommend looking into? I was only thinking custom for the comfort factor, but only if you could still hear things, otherwise I would only end up taking them in and out anyway.

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    Have used them, I suffer from pussy ears apart one mid range frequency from industrial exposure through machinery and the like even with constant earpro use. In other words, gunfire and suppressor or compressed air release noise farken hurts...

    As far as the passive ear plugs, yep good for singular exposure like say single shots with a suppressed magnum - just takes the edge off enough to prevent ringing and damage but no good for intensive use like on the range. Also, there is some attenuation even though the plugs have an open baffle which in effect knocks your directional sensitivity as much as overall hearing. You could miss an animal sneaking away through not being able to pick the direction the noise comes from, while looking around for a visual que for the same.

    They have a purpose, but in terms of use there is no advantage over the electronic noise cancelling muffs as moisture will block the filters and require a dry out before they work properly again. They are cooler to wear than noise cancelling earmuffs, but the electronic earmuffs with volume control are next-gen over anything passive. Bionic ears - and cheaper than the custom plugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bang View Post
    Cheers for the reply @6x47. do you have a model or 2 you would recommend looking into? I was only thinking custom for the comfort factor, but only if you could still hear things, otherwise I would only end up taking them in and out anyway.
    Afraid I can't help you much on commercial options other than to say Starkey through an audiological practice might be a go-er. I have three pairs of custom electronic plugs (re)made from high end hearing aid modules but that doesn't help you. Check with Triton Hearing what they have access to.

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    I used an early version of the walkers game ear with suppression circuit on one ear. https://www.walkersgameear.com/earbuds/. it certainly amplified sounds and the suppression seemed to work but directionality was hopeless it pre-dates the ones on their website now which may be better

    Apparently bones in your skull transmit sound and so muffs will always be better than plugs. I have a big early Hardy suppressor (gen1 or II maybe?) its physically huge and probably heavy compared to the newer smaller stuff but man it really quells the bang. I have been around other suppressors and I also have an early gun works alpine and my ears will immediately ring (well, worse than they do at ambient!) with all I have tried but the early Hardy

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    Forget the "bone conduction" red herring. It's irrelevant to small arms, all the damaging sound enters via air conduction.

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    there are the ottos

    https://www.otto-comm.com/NoizeBarrierMicro

    take out a mortgage for them though.

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    There is a high probability these will not perform adequately on at least a quarter of users simply because they rely on a fit-all multi-flange plug as the passive seal. Very oval, tortuous (twisty) or small canals do not suit this type of plug. Good electronic processing is useless if the passive seal in the canal is sus. I'd also have concerns about how secure they are in anchorage- minimal flange grip and somewhat proud fit is not a good recipe.

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    would the compressible foam plugs be their workaround for that one size fits all problem ? they'd expand after insertion to follow the contour of the canal, but they'd still sit somewhat proud

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    I really hate the foam plugs, they are the worst option IMO. They are niggly to put it, get very dirty as you have to squeeze them with dirty fingers, are uncomfortable to wear (even painful after a couple of hours), and don't allow any sound transmission. For me, the easiest and cheapest is the flanged ones ($1 each), next option would be the flanged impulse generic fit ones ($65), which are the same, but may provide some more sound transmission between loud noises. Third option would be some kind of custom fit impulse plugs (cheapest I can see is about $280). Trying to decide if the upgrades are worth the cash (and risk of losing them). Appreciating the replies, and based on them, starting to wonder if it's just best to stick with cheapies.

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    i have a ghost stryke here you can have for a third of what i paid for them,,only worn once as im very hard to please

 

 

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