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Hunting dog ear protection
It was a time when I didn't have any ear trouble, I never noticed it as I always had my right ear completely covered with a hunting cap. It started with a small earache in my right ear and went away but then it came back and started bothering me so much that it got worse and worse until the first ear infection I had and the last two to date.
I found that a hunting cap and hearing protection at night and while walking on trls was helping keep my ears dry during the summer. During the winter I use my own ear protection but it has to be made of flexible material so it fits my ear and covers the ear and it has a foam seal that doesn't get too warm on my ear when I'm on my back in my sleeping bag. When I go hunting I wear a pr of over the ear muffs and use a hand mike to communicate with my dog and that helps a lot.
This year I started noticing some of the hunters wearing ear plugs while I was hunting and that made me ask myself why and how are they doing that? Then I remembered hearing about a couple of people having their ears plugged and I have had a couple of ear infections over the years so I thought I'd look into it more and see what the research says.
I found two books on the subject one by David Boggs and one by Richard G. Smith and they have a lot of information in them and I will refer you to them.
This article is not meant to be a comprehensive article on the subject but will try to give you enough information that you can look at some of the articles and books I have mentioned and make your own decision. This is also a lot of information to take in so I will try to break it down for you.
What is an ear plug?
A hunting plug, earplugs, ear muffs, ear plugs, noise dampening devices (NDD) - whatever you want to call them they are devices made for the purpose of blocking out noise. They come in a number of shapes and sizes and are made from a wide variety of materials, you can make your own from wood pulp, rubber, foam rubber, foam, sponge, plastic, paper, cork, etc. Some of them have holes in them for ventilation, some of them don't. Some are custom made for people, some are mass-produced in factories. They are also made for hearing protection and are called ear protectors or ear muffs.
What is ear protection?
Ear protection - is designed to be worn on the ear to protect your ear canal from noise and to keep it from becoming inflamed, blocked, or infected from noise. Ear plugs are specifically designed for hunting, fishing, and other noise-exposed activities.
What are they made from?
Many different materials are used in the manufacturing of ear plugs. They can be molded from foam rubber, molded from foam or rubber, molded from paper pulp, molded from plastic, molded from cork or spongy material, etc. They can be designed to stay on the ears and will fall off, or they can be designed to stay in the ears and will stay there. Some can be custom made to fit your ears, others can be found in mass-produced sizes.
There is no such thing as a standard or recommended ear plug, the manufacturers design them and the shape and size they fit on the ear will vary from one plug to another.
Types of ear protection - what are they?
There are three types of ear protection, each with their own pros and cons.
1. Hunting ear plug
a. Hunting ear muffs - can come in different shapes, sizes and material. Some will stay in the ears and stay there, some will fall off, some stay in the ears but do not have an ear seal, some seal your ear from the outside, some don't. The only real requirement is that they block out noise and keep the ear dry when in use.
b. Hunting ear plugs - have a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. The biggest problem with them is that they are not as effective as a custom made ear plug and are not recommended for the novice or the person who wants a custom made plug. They are also not avlable in different sizes and shapes.
2. Hunting ear protectors - have a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. The best ear protector for the hunting hunter would be a custom made ear protector. They do offer a lot of the benefits of custom made ear plugs and ear protectors.
a. Over the ear muffs or ear muffs - these can come in a variety of shapes and sizes and they are recommended by most of the people that wear them and they are designed to stay in the ears.
b. Hunting muffs - come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. They are designed to stay in the ears and offer more protection than over the ear muffs but not quite as much as a custom made ear plug. They can also get too warm and uncomfortable on the ears and can cause headaches.
3. Hunting ear protectors - these are designed to cover the ear, to protect from sound, and to keep the ears dry. They also come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. There is no set or recommended size, shape or material. They are made in a variety of different materials and come in different shapes and sizes.
Which are better?
Most people would prefer ear protectors and ear protectors come in a variety of shapes and sizes, it's up to you to decide which is the best for you.
Why are ear plugs needed?
A lot of people ask about why they need ear plugs when they are going hunting, fishing or doing anything that might expose them to the risk of damaging their ears or getting an infection.
A number of studies have been done and many different studies have come up with different conclusions but here is what I found out.
I can give you the conclusion of the studies that I read:
1. Ear infections
"The only significant risk factor for