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Thanks for the pics, that appears to be a neat little package. I have used custom molded (passive) earplugs for at least 18 years, when shooting clays. I do not use them for hunting, with the exception of doves in Cordoba, where I'm apt to go through over 1000-1500 rounds a day, easily. I use the same molded ones there as I do for clays. They cover the bony area of the outer ear very well. I think when I do decide to get a set of electronic ones they will have the molded form. They are so comfortable when they are actually formed in you own ears.

But Jim, you and I part ways about this ........

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The only things I would see as an upgrade to these would be a custom molded ear piece, and bluetooth for ease of accepting of calls, etc while shooting .

No sir, not me. No cell phones with the sound turned on to distract me while I'm shooting. I may have it with me, but if I do it is totally silenced. I could not imagine how much I would be distracted by a call ringing in my ear about the time I am about to call for the birds, or about to shoot at a dove, or walking up behind a point.

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I knew that was going to draw some disagreement, Stan!

I've just found that in the course of a day hunting, its not infrequent that I need to make a call or receive a call, and it would be nice to leave the earpiece in place. But I can certainly see it the way you do as well. With a gaggle of kids at home and a job that requires being available by phone almost 24/7, I can't really ditch the phone at this point in my life.

I've been wondering about getting a molded earpiece made that would attach to my Otto's. they do eventually start hurting my ear after enough hours with them in place.

One update to my post from yesterday: after posting, I emailed Otto to ask about replacing the earpiece that is not connecting to the charger. I'm well past the one year warranty, but they asked no questions and are sending me a return label today. So I'll stick with my unreserved recommendation for the Otto Noizebarrier Micro


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Lloyd, I went the hearing aids route several years ago. Figured I had a decent shot with the VA since I'm retired military and my last Army physical showed hearing loss. Young audiologist, maybe mid-20's, gave me a very thorough test. No question about the hearing loss. Then she asked me what I did in the Army. Combat Engineers, then infantry early on. But spent most of my time in Military Intelligence, where we try to be very quiet. She asked about loud noises in that business. I came very, very close to telling her that the manual typewriters were really noisy. (Wish I had. Given her age, I doubt she's ever heard one.) Anyhow, had to buy them on my own dime. Went with Phonak, sort of their mid-range model. Have worked out pretty well for me. I actually wear them hunting because my dogs are in the grouse woods a lot, and I need to be able to hear their beepers to keep track of them. (Yeah, I know about GPS. But up here in wolf country, the experts say that beepers or bells are likely to keep those critters from bothering your dogs. And again due to wolves, I don't want them any further away from me than beeper range.)

Lately, I've been working with a set of Walker Game Ears. They enhance hearing while deadening gunshots. About the only thing I don't like about them is getting a good fit into my ears, which involves rolling the material that covers the earpieces. Even the smallest covers they have require a lot of effort to give me a good fit. But if and when I get used to them, they'll work for target shooting as well. And once more I'll be able to hear what the other shooters are saying. My plugs do a great job of blocking sound. ALL sound.

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had to buy them on my own dime. Went with Phonak, sort of their mid-range model.

Larry, I bought hearing aids in December and I went with the high end Phonaks, rechargeable with streaming and all the bells and whistles (even though I already hear bells and whistles constantly in my head). A hunting buddy had been fitted with aids by the VA last year but he just didn't like them, so went back for a refit. They gave him a fresh set of the same top-end Phonaks that that I had purchased. He loves them.

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Originally Posted by Woodreaux
I can't remember the name of mine off hand, but one suggestion I would make is to look for active plugs that have a recharging case.

my brother and I both use active hearing protection, but his require new batteries like a hearing aid. mine have a case that recharges the plugs while they are in it. the case battery lasts a very long time between charges, so I really only charge the case once in a while.

Edit: mine are Otto brand. Small waterproof case. Have been great for a few years. For the first time, I am seeing that one of the plugs is not consistently connecting to the case.

With that caveat, what you see is case at 80% battery, left ear plug at 100,% and right at 50%. Has been sitting in the closet since Jan 31.

The only things I would see as an upgrade to these would be a custom molded ear piece, and bluetooth for ease of accepting of calls, etc while shooting. And, now I realize, perhaps the longevity... definitely disappointing to see the one earpiece not connecting well.



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I've been using those for a couple of years now for shooting. Friend of mine liked mine so much he got a set and last fall talked me into using them for hunting. First time I actually heard a grouse flush in a LONG time, and startled me so much I missed LOL. Had them on high there was no wind. When shooting I don't normally use high because I hear things I don't normally without them. 20 years working in boiler and engine rooms of ships and a lifetime of shooting will do that to you. Or so I have heard...

Unfortunately not sure where the case and plugs ended up after hunting season and shooting season has started here again. Been using foam plugs and need to do a deep dive to find my Otto's. If I can't find them will replace the Otto's with the same in a heartbeat. I use these foam plugs instead of the ones that came with it now.

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If you are married, why would you want hearing aids?

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