SoundGear Electronic Hearing Protection

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SoundGear Electronic Hearing Protection met my own electronic hunting ear plugs needs so well that I became a SoundGear dealer.

Read my own product review comments below the product description. The hunting version's volume is amplified. I use the industrial version which is not amplified. We offer both -Len Backus-

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I ordered a set of "SoundGear by La Pierre", made by Starkey Hearing Technology, a very established hearing aid company. This unit is very tiny, fits in the ear canal in the same way a good set of non-electronic plugs would fit. The sales guy at SoundGear suggested the "industrial" labeled version rather than the "hunting " labeled one. He subtly suggested that the amount of sound increase with the hunting version of the SoundGear product may not be what most of us would prefer (too loud). I never tried the "hunting" version but like this "industrial" sound value quite well.
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Most often in recent years I wear non-electronic plugs when hunting but only at the critical moment. And if I'm hunting with a partner, the plugs reduce the ability to communicate.

I tried the SoundGear units for fit and comfort and was pleased. In fact I wore them for a couple hours and by that time had forgotten I had them on.

Then this morning I went out to my friend's place to try a shooting test with the SoundGear. He was quite interested since he had tried one of the type that consists of a tube that connects a plug to an electronics "module". The module mounts behind the ear, the tube holds the plug inside the ear canal. It wasn't the Walker's Game Ear version, it was Radians. He didn't like that style of unit since he couldn't keep it on in certain situations.


The example he gave was when lying down in one of those coffin style goose blinds. While waiting for birds, prone on his back, he needs to be able to hear very well. And he needs the unit to not fall out because the module was bumped loose.

I had tried the similar Walker's behind-the-ear version a few years ago and did not like it at all. It didn't cut off enough sound for one thing. In fact, seeing that there is a plastic tube connecting the electronics to the plug which goes into the ear I don't know how any of that style can keep sound from traveling along the tube into the ear canal. Anyway, we'd both be willing to sell those respective units for about $2 each if you're interested.

Too often "cheap" is not really a good value. Buying once and buying well is what I try to do though too many times I fail the first try.

Anyway, the SoundGear shooting test today was a big success and my quest has ended! I can't wait to hunt coyotes with them in a couple weeks. Imagine you park the truck at your first set of the day and get your rifle and other stuff ready. I insert my 2 SoundGear electronic units and off we go.


I can hear the sounds a little louder with these units. Enough louder to be helpful but not enough to be obnoxious.

So that set is over, you head back to the truck, put your stuff in the truck --- leave your "ears" in place and drive to the next set. Simple, comfortable, effective.

You could hunt coyotes all day without fussing over them. You can whisper to your hunt partner, you can hear the distant, faint high pitched coyote vocalizations. You can hear the swish of wings and the scratch of something walking in leaves. Batteries last a week and are very cheap.

UPDATE:

I am driving back from 3 days of hunting coyotes, rocks and rock chucks in WY and MT. 

I fired about a dozen rounds with my unbraked 6.5-284. 

I hunted with partners so I needed the ability to communicate. 

We had wind sometimes up to 15 mph. 

I wore the SoundGear units each day for 4 or 5 hours at a time. 

Wow, am I happy with them. 

Plenty of protection, never heard wind whistle, never wanted to take them out for a break other than at lunch time. 

Communication was perfect. 

-Len Backus-

 

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I have been using the industrial model for 4 months now and the only thing I can comment about is the silicon plugs and only the small ones fit me and they are wearing out ,tears in the silicon material. I will need to replace them before hunting season I sure hope I can order only the small plugs and not have to but a set of 3 to get what I need. other than the plugs wearing out these things work great.

Response from LRH - Jim - we will send you some free replacements.

*****

I have the Soundgear plugs and love them.

What started me on my journey was a duck hunting outing where three of us sat fairly close together in a blind and repeatedly shot for several hours. While it was a good morning, later on in the day and for the next couple of days I could tell my hearing was a little off and knew full well why. Calling ducks and listening for their response and wing beat presents a problem when wearing regular ear plugs. At least for me anyways. So I bought a pair of Howard Leight amplified muffs knowing I'd find some use for them at the range if they didn't work for duck hunting. Within the first few minutes I knew the muffs wouldn't work. Whenever I tried to blow the duck call the sound kicked out and it was hard to tell what the call sounded like. When I went to mount the shotgun the muffs got in the way a little. I quickly abandoned the muffs for duck hunting. Then I tried the muffs for coyote calling. I loved being able to hear better. Hearing how much noise I made going into my stands was helpful. After a few outings though I began to realize that the muffs were problematic for coyote hunting as well. It was very difficult to tell which direction noise was coming from. small amounts of wind would cause havoc. And the hood I wear would rub against the mic every time I moved my head (I thought something was trying to sneak up on me at times).

My sound gears solved all of those problems and although they were a hell of a lot more expensive than what I had planned to spend, I've never regretted the purchase.

*****

Used mine turkey hunting,i was hearing birds my partner was missing and i would normally of missed birds they could hear.
Best thing i've bought in years.might want to get more batterys,hopefully andy will make us a deal,thanks, Larry

*****

I used mine today, on a bird hunt, for the 1st time. Based on the article on here I bought the industrial model. They were comfortable and although there was a pretty good breeze the entire day it did not cause a problem. I had trouble identifying the direction sounds came from- everything seemed to be coming directly out from where my ear was facing, not where it actually was. I imagine the mic is directional. Not a big deal but a bit disconcerting to be looking at my dog and hearing her collar beep 90 degrees to the side. One of my brand new batteries shut down 2 hrs into the hunt. Not a fault of the ear plug but something to be aware of. When that happened I had an ear plug that diminished all sound. My $3 plugs do that. Looking forward to more use to further evaluate them. Initial perceptions are more pro than con.

*****

I just used the SoundGear electronic hearing protection for the first time while duck hunting this weekend. They were absolutely perfect for duck hunting! My partner and I were about 20 feet apart and facing opposite directions. We needed to be able to give each other a heads up when ducks were coming in. I had no problem hearing my partner. I was using the industrial version. He was using foam earplugs and that was a real problem for him because he couldn't hear me.

*****

UPDATE...I just used these on a prairie dog hunt in South Dakota for a week. They were great. Despite 30mph winds they worked well and were not irritating. No regrets.

*****

I wore these plugs over the Memorial Day weekend. We were shooting targets and bunnies. They helped my wife discover a rattle snake that was upset with her. They are comfortable and work very well. NO WIND noise, that is so prevelant with the other plugs and amplified muffs that I have.

I do not recommend them for magnums with brakes. They don't attenuate quite enough for them. Every thing that did not have a muzzle break was fine.

Conversation is just like not have a plug in your ear. They are easy to wear all day long. And they do not hurt your ears.

*****

I shoot a lot of sporting clays which requires normal hearing and also sound suppression. I also shoot prairie dogs and hunt coyotes and ducks in a blind. I also have to use hearing aides for the day to day. Have not been able to find hearing protection that satisfied me until now. Have tried muffs, ear plugs, custom ear molds and special ear molds for my hearing aids. They all either interfered with shooting, were too loud or inhibited hearing others talk. The SoundGear Industrial solved all those issues. Very comfortable to wear all day, could hear normal conversation and blocked the gunfire more then adequately, even from guns with barrel porting. Highly recommended and a fair price for what you get.

*****

At $500 one has to really give these some thought. After talking to Andy and the guys at SoundGear I decided to try them. What got me interested was my concerns while elk hunting. One really needs some ear protection of some kind while hunting, but being in grizzly country it’s a problem. These also do not interfere with hats. The industrial version seems to give enough amplification without being annoying (assuming reasonably normal hearing). I’ve only had them at the range a few times so far and they have worked well. Be advised they may not enough for indoor ranges or short barreled rifles.

*****

I ordered a set of "SoundGear by La Pierre", made by Starkey Hearing Technology, a very established hearing aid company. This unit is very tiny, fits in the ear canal in the same way a good set of non-electronic plugs would fit. The sales guy at SoundGear suggested the "industrial" labeled version rather than the "hunting " labeled one. He subtly suggested that the amount of sound increase with the hunting version of the SoundGear product may not be what most of us would prefer (too loud). I never tried the "hunting" version but like this "industrial" sound value quite well.

Most often in recent years I wear non-electronic plugs when hunting but only at the critical moment. And if I'm hunting with a partner, the plugs reduce the ability to communicate.

I tried the SoundGear units for fit and comfort and was pleased. In fact I wore them for a couple hours and by that time had forgotten I had them on.

Then this morning I went out to my friend's place to try a shooting test with the SoundGear. He was quite interested since he had tried one of the type that consists of a tube that connects a plug to an electronics "module". The module mounts behind the ear, the tube holds the plug inside the ear canal. It wasn't the Walker's Game Ear version, it was Radians. He didn't like that style of unit since he couldn't keep it on in certain situations.


The example he gave was when lying down in one of those coffin style goose blinds. While waiting for birds, prone on his back, he needs to be able to hear very well. And he needs the unit to not fall out because the module was bumped loose.

I had tried the similar Walker's behind-the-ear version a few years ago and did not like it at all. It didn't cut off enough sound for one thing. In fact, seeing that there is a plastic tube connecting the electronics to the plug which goes into the ear I don't know how any of that style can keep sound from traveling along the tube into the ear canal. Anyway, we'd both be willing to sell those respective units for about $2 each if you're interested.

Too often "cheap" is not really a good value. Buying once and buying well is what I try to do though too many times I fail the first try.

Anyway, the SoundGear shooting test today was a big success and my quest has ended! I can't wait to hunt coyotes with them in a couple weeks. Imagine you park the truck at your first set of the day and get your rifle and other stuff ready. I insert my 2 SoundGear electronic units and off we go.


I can hear the sounds a little louder with these units. Enough louder to be helpful but not enough to be obnoxious.

So that set is over, you head back to the truck, put your stuff in the truck --- leave your "ears" in place and drive to the next set. Simple, comfortable, effective.

You could hunt coyotes all day without fussing over them. You can whisper to your hunt partner, you can hear the distant, faint high pitched coyote vocalizations. You can hear the swish of wings and the scratch of something walking in leaves. Batteries last a week and are very cheap.

UPDATE:

I am driving back from 3 days of hunting coyotes, rocks and rock chucks in WY and MT.

I fired about a dozen rounds with my unbraked 6.5-284.

I hunted with partners so I needed the ability to communicate.

We had wind sometimes up to 15 mph.

I wore the SoundGear units each day for 4 or 5 hours at a time.

Wow, am I happy with them.

Plenty of protection, never heard wind whistle, never wanted to take them out for a break other than at lunch time.

Communication was perfect.

-Len Backus-

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