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Hearing aid question
« on: October 04, 2011, 04:30:21 PM »
My girlfriend recently completed her hunter's safety course, and is going to start hunting (partridge, deer, turkey, etc.).  One of the risks of hunting, which most of us probably don't often think about, is hearing damage.  I know i've had days bird hunting where i've shot my 12 gauge 5 or more times without hearing protection, and my ears will ring for a few days.  I wouldn't even think about target shooting without hearing protection, but hunting is different, you can't really wear earmuffs in the woods when you need to hear.  I've thought about a walker's game ear, just for the noise suppression feature.   

Anyways, to my question-  Meghan wears hearing aids, she has since she was young.  She is not sure about wearing them when a gun might be discharged, not sure if there is a decibel suppresion or cutoff on her hearing aids.  She doesn't really want to go without, she can't hear well and that leaves her ears totally unprotected.  Anyone with hearing aids have any input? Do hearing aids generally have a decibel cutoff to prevent hearing damage? 
The hearing aids are phonaks, and fairly new, if it makes a difference.

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Re: Hearing aid question
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2011, 08:05:09 PM »
Some hearing aids do clip the noise at a certain decible and some don't.

The Dr. that prescribed the hearing aids would be able to tell.

I have some ear muffs that will clip the sound, they were only around $40.00 at Cabela's, I use them for target shooting and intend on taking them hunting with me this fall.

When I have them on, if I clap my hands, they will clip the sound, but normal voices will come through clearly and I can even turn them up so that if I had them on a deer stand, I could hear a deer or other critter walking in the leaves.

Some hearing aids will work the same way.

Walker's Game Ear is nothing but a hearing aid.
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Re: Hearing aid question
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2011, 08:45:48 AM »
She might try the earmuffs, we'll see.  They might muffle regular sound too much for her though.   She is going to contact her hearing doctor to find out.

Take care of your ears guys, you only get one pair.
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Re: Hearing aid question
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2011, 08:54:53 AM »
The aids I wear do have a sound attenuation feature. They were quite expensive and have multiple settings. I wanted the attenuation because of my work, which caused the hearing loss to begin with. If she already has hearing loss, then she surely understands how horrible it would be to lose even more. Ear muffs are definately a msut if her aids do not have attenuation. This is good advice for all of you. Loss of hearing takes away our connection to each other and the world around us. Don't wait till it's too late.
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Re: Hearing aid question
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2011, 06:38:08 PM »
The ear muffs that I have will also amplify sound, not just eliminate it!

When I wear them I can hear distant conversation pretty good too.  :-X
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Re: Hearing aid question
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2011, 08:33:29 AM »
Hearing loss does not repair itself, for sure. Back in high school, and again in the Army, I fired thousands of rounds without ear plugs. Add in using saws, lawnmowers, power tools, nail guns, etc. and I show this degredation every year when I take my annual hearing test in the US Navy. I can really tell when I'm out hunting in the woods. Lots of sounds I don't hear and never will again.
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Re: Hearing aid question
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2011, 01:16:18 PM »
My Wife or one of the Grandkids will say, "I hear one coming".  I'll whisper, "point which way".  They are always right.
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Re: Hearing aid question
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2011, 02:32:21 PM »
I think the thing I miss most is hearing the frogs in the Spring of the year.

That is, unless I'm right next to the pond.

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Re: Hearing aid question
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2011, 08:01:55 PM »
Well, she ended up wearing earplugs without her hearing aids because she hasn't been able to get ahold of her ear doctor.  She didn't get any shots, I bagged one bird and she said her ears were fine when I shot.  She couldn't hear many birds flush, but i'd holler BIRD! when we flushed one, and she'd catch a glimpse, maybe.  So thick in partridge territory.
Better safe than sorry, but she might need to do something different for deer season.
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