What is everyone using for in ear protection. I want to get some in ear protection and looking at my options. There are some in ear non-electronic such as the Surfire EarPro Sonic Defender, but are there any good budget electoric ones? Walkers game ears varie from $30 - $250. What about custom molded?
Good custom molded ear pro is not cheap. I use my Howard Leight Impact Sports when I anticipate lots of shooting (bird hunting, p-dogs, rabbits, etc). Amplifies the evironmental sounds, as well.
I've used a single Walker Game Ear (standard in the ear model) for ~7 seasons. The other ear gets plugged with a standard ear plug. This setup is great for duck hunting, and fair for deer depending on your location. With the single Game Ear, you lose a lot of your directional awareness, which is fine as long as you can see where the noise is coming from. It's not good in deep woods. I have no complaints about the unit itself, just the concept of using a single unit and plugging the other ear. I've been wondering if using two would help some.....The Walker muffs with the multiple microphones are nice. I test drove a pair a buddy had in his field box on a duck trip. The multiple microphones helps the directional issues. I would like to see what they are like in the woods.
I currently use Peltor Tac Pro's or foamies. My main reasons for wanting in ear are comfort while wearing singlasses and good cheek contact with the stock. I usually wear a foam ear plug under my Peltors on my shooting side.
I bought a set of prescription, digital hearing protectors a few years back. They were almost $1200 and worth every penny.
I have significant hearing loss already, but have never broke down and gotten regular hearing aids. With the hearing loss, when I put in ear plugs, I could not hear a trapper or my hunting buddies when they talk.. Now I hear more and better when I am shooting than the rest of the time.
I had actually forgotten what a cricket sounded like.