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Do you always use hearing proctection?

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Team OtoPro here - We wanted to start a forum space for anyone to ask hearing, and hearing protection questions. Our company cares about hearing conservation! We know that part of that mission, is creating a space for the sporting and hunting community to ask questions about hearing and hearing protection! What do you want to know? Our team of specialists is here to answer!
 
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Thanks for doing this. I have a couple.
Does double plugging increase the protection of my hearing?
Should the grandkids and me wear hearing protection on long drives with the top down on my Jeep?
By double plugging, I'm assuming you mean in-ear protection and then over-ear protection on top. In that case it takes your maximum protection usually to about 45db of attenuation. Keeping in mind that it does not completely prevent bone conduction.

As far as motor noise goes, It really depends on the volume and the time of exposure. Anything over 85db has the potential to damage your hearing. If you feel like it's about the volume of a lawnmower, you should be wearing hearing protection while operating.

Great question!
 

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Wearing ear protection depends what I am shooting. Targets yes. Hunting no. I have not found any protection that works well for me while hunting.

The ear protection in the Jeep probably is more due to wind noise than engine noise.
 
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Wearing ear protection depends what I am shooting. Targets yes. Hunting no. I have not found any protection that works well for me while hunting.

The ear protection in the Jeep probably is more due to wind noise than engine noise.
Can I ask - What is the main reason you do not like wearing hearing protection while hunting? What is the common shortfall in all types you've tried so far?
 

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Is there any damage to hearing when using electronic protection due to the delay between the loud noise and the activation of the hearing protection?

I currently use Howard Leight Max Lite plugs with an NRR of 30 along with 3M Peltor X5 muffs with an NRR of 31. Can you protect my hearing better than that?
 

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Can I ask - What is the main reason you do not like wearing hearing protection while hunting? What is the common shortfall in all types you've tried so far?
I have tried custom molded ear plugs with baffles and electronic headphones to hunt. The molded plugs take away too much of my hearing. The electronic muffs picked up wind noise, amplified the background noise, hit the stock when I shoot, cut off when I blow duck or goose calls. I used to hunt a river not far from an interstate and the electronic muffs made sure you heard every truck on the interstate. Working ducks or geese and they shut down when I blow the call. I wasn't going to keep spending money on trying things that were not working.

At the target range I use foam ear plugs to shoot shotguns and for handguns I use foam ear plugs with headphones over them.
 
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Is there any damage to hearing when using electronic protection due to the delay between the loud noise and the activation of the hearing protection?

I currently use Howard Leight Max Lite plugs with an NRR of 30 along with 3M Peltor X5 muffs with an NRR of 31. Can you protect my hearing better than that?
Remember that when you use in ear plugs with 30db attenuation, and over ear muffs with equal attenuation together, it doesn't mean you're achieving attenuation x2. It's really x1.5, which means your highest level of attenuation is 45db. All of that is also extremely dependent on the quality of fit you are able to achieve.

We do always prefer to see our clients using a custom hearing protection - using a fit from a certified Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist. This guarantees the best possible fit, which in turn will guarantee that you are truly achieving that maximum level of protection.
 
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What about the delay with electronic protection?
My apologies! I meant to address that in my previous comment!

The answer is yes - if there is a delay, there is an opportunity for that sound to cause damage. OtoPro only recommends products that provide instantaneous attenuation.
 
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