For hunting, high-quality electronic muffs seem to work best. You can wear them over your hearing aids so you can still hear ambient sounds, but they block loud sound impulses to protect against damage. Take a second to put them on before you shoot that buck or duck.
Still, do hearing amplifiers really work?
Hearing amplifiers (also known as personal sound amplification products) do make sounds louder. But due to a number of limitations, the FDA does not recognize them as medical devices. Audiologists do not recommend hearing amplifiers or any product that is not FDA-regulated to treat hearing loss.
One way or another, should you wear ear protection while hunting? While ear plugs are certainly better than nothing, ear muffs are actually the most effective shooting and hunting ear protection you can wear. So, to avoid permanent damage to your hearing, it is important that you wear appropriate ear protection when shooting or when exposed to other noisy environments.
If you intend going duck hunting, and will be exposed to sounds of gunshot, they can damage your hearing very quickly. If you do not want to lose your hearing, then you need to protect it. Hearing muffs do not need to be expensive and will last you a long time if you look after them properly.
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Sport Sound Amplification Electronic Shooting Earmuff, Classic Green (R-01526)
Built-in directional microphones amplify range commands and other ambient sounds to a safe 82 dB, providing more natural listening and enhanced communication
Actively listens and automatically shuts off amplification when ambient sound reaches 82 dB; Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): 22
Features low profile earcups for firearm stock clearance; adjustable headband for secure fit; compact folding design for convenient storage; classic green color
Includes AUX input and 3.5 mm connection cord for MP3 players and scanners. Integrated power/volume knob
Includes 2 AAA batteries; automatic shut-off feature after 4 hours increases battery life; approximately 350 hours of battery life; works well and long with Polaroid AAA Batteries
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Behind The Ear Sound Amplifier - BTE Hearing Ear Amplification Device and Digital Sound Enhancer PSAD for The Hard of Hearing, Noise Reducing Feature, Black, by MEDca
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Comes with 2 main units, sound tube, 3 batteries, and more
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
Behind The Ear Sound Amplifier - BTE Hearing Amplifier and Digital Sound Enhancer with Noise Reducing Feature, a Smaller & Discreet High Quality Digital Ear Amplification Device / (Pair) by MEDca
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If your main consideration is price, ReSound hearing aids may be a better option as they may be less expensive. However, they also offer less selection. If you want a greater variety from which to choose, Phonak may be the better choice.
Though it may seem that increasing sound levels by wearing hearing devices can be damaging to your ears (we've all been warned about turning our music up too loud!), properly programmed hearing aids will not, themselves, damage your hearing.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Ear Plugs Because they fit directly into the ear canal, ear plugs offer a higher level of protection from noise than ear muffs. Those employed in factories, foundries, or on the tarmacs at airports are suitable candidates for this type of ear protection.
Not necessarily. Electronic earmuffs reduce loud sounds while amplifying quiet sounds, so you can still hear what's going on around you. Passive earmuffs don't do this, but they still do a good job of protecting your hearing. Plus, they're usually cheaper.