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Not sure I've seen this topic covered before -
A recent home invasion in a nearby neighborhood got me thinking about my home defense plan. I'll save the details for another thread, but I am considering keeping a set of electronic ears on the shotgun bag under the bed so if things do resort to pulling the trigger, not being able to hear will not be a distraction I will need to worry about.
Thoughts on this?
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Good idea if you have time to put them on. Also a plus for other family members.
It has been discussed, but not in some time.
I have a set of electronic muffs by my bed, and I put them on if I feel the need to investigate a strange noise. They can’t hurt, and if nothing else I like the sound amplification.
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I like the idea of having my electronic ear muffs handy -- as it is, they sit about three feet away so I think tonight I'll move them to the nightstand.
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I agree wholeheartedly!
I have moderate hearing loss in both ears. I think that the electronic muffs are a significant aid when trying to figure out what's going on in a dark house.
One might think that it's just another thing, an unnecessary thing that'll delay you as you enter a potential crisis in your own home. But let me ask, if you're in bed and you hear a suspicious noise that may well be a break-in, will you take the time to put on pants, or will you just run out naked with pistol in hand?
What I'm getting at here is that, yes, you probably will do some minimal preparation beyond just grabbing your gun. And throwing on a set of electronic muffs that you pre-position near your pistol can take nearly zero additional time while producing a HUGE benefit and tactical advantage, as well as preserving your hearing after the incident.
I keep a chair near my bed. When I go to bed I drape my pants over the back of the chair with the waist resting in the seat of the chair. My holster is an IWB model, and is on the pants when I put them there. My pistol is in the holster, and the E-muffs are also on the chair seat. If I need to respond to something suspicious, I can put the muffs and pants on, with pistol in holster in a flash.
From what I hear protocol is buck naked with shotgun and empty jar of Vaseline.
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Being naked wouldn't bother me (although I don't sleep that way) but I definitely need to put my glasses on or I might well shoot almost anything (even including my own reflection in glass or a mirror).
I think these things, like almost any thing we try and prepare for, will vary with the circumstances. If you wake up suddenly with a perp standing over you you won't have much time even to grab a gun, let alone put your equipment on. But with enough time even putting body armor on wouldn't be a bad idea.
I know for me it would be glasses, firearm, flashlight, phone and ear protection, in that order. Anything I didn't have enough time for would remain in place.
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An electronic muff that amplifies small sounds (e.g., someone poking about in the house) but shuts out the sound of an actual gunshot makes some sense, I guess. If you have time to put them on.
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maybe it's just me, but my electronic ears (and I've had a couple differnt kinds) all kind of distort where the sound is coming from a little.
left and right works, but behind me or in front of me isn't nearly as clear as it is with my natural ears.
I don't want to be disoriented like that if I've got someone in my house. My BIL is a Ranger and has fired a rifle indoors without and ear pro. He said he didn't even notice it at the time and it wasn't until after that he realized he did it. I think the adrenaline takes over and makes it a non issue?
Having said all that. I do keep a Tirant 9 in the gunvault with my G17. If I have time to affix it, i will.
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We think alike because mine are on the headboard.
How about a suppressor for your HD gun? They are getting more popular all the time for HD use. Of course you have to get your shot off first to matter.
I think that even though they amplify sound they may make it hard to tell where the sound is coming from...and that could be very important. I haven't used electronic ear protection very much so I am not speaking from a ton of experience. I just don't see how they would work well distinguishing where sound may originate.
I think it depends a lot of what kind you use, but the relatively cheap (around $60) ones I use have forward facing dual microphones that make it easy to detect where noise is coming from. I can actually hear mosquitoes flying towards me if I have them turned up.
They wouldn't be very good for shooting purposes if they distorted the sound direction, as the whole point in wearing them is to still be able to hear properly. But if you get a chance you should try a pair on -- I was skeptical until I did and now I won't use anything else.
Mike "ex-genius" Kelley
Do the electronic ear protection create a ideal stereo image that mimics our own? Will your perception of sound location be distorted using electronic headphones?
I don't own a pair and that's why I ask, maybe you'll be more alert to the exact location of the sound if you are using just your ears.
I think it boils down to the protection such earphones provide versus the sound they provide. If you *are* going to need a weapon, and there is any likelihood of firing it, I think it would be prudent to have such amplified ear protection. While it might not be as good as your actual ears initially, it will certainly be far better after the first shot.
But, as I said, give them a try. They are actually pretty amazing and I was very skeptical at first. Even with a halfway decent pair they work so well I don't know I have them on (IOW, the sound is so similar to me not wearing them I wouldn't know that is the case except for the feel of them around my ears).
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Last year I went rifle deer hunting for the first time. I brought ear protection. When the deer came I cracked off a .308 and forgot put the ear muffs on. My ears never rang. I think with the adrenaline pumping I blocked it out.
I assume the same would happen at home x1000
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I keep them in my dresser which is ~6ft from my bed. I doubt I would use them with a bump in the night.
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My experience is electronic hearing protection does not support normal stereoscopic hearing, at least not with the sub $100 devices. The brain's ability to discern direction by how the sound hits your ears gets defeated by the electronic sound filtering and enhancement.
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My cheap electronics worn while hunting did not provide good directional info. Adequate, but not good. However, in a home, there are only so many places to investigate. Clear one, move to the next.
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If you have to use a gun in close quarters, hearing protection is down the list for worries.
I say don't worry about it.
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