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Vic's Viewpoint wrote: »
Mine are a made-in-the-USA brand called Starkey. Got 'em from the VA of course, and they work well. They're the kind with a small external device that hangs on top of and behind the ear, and a clear tube that snakes into the ear along the ear's leading edge, and feeds into a small "plug" that goes deep inside the ear canal. Has a remote control device allowing one to do all those newfangled things too. I like 'em, and Lord knows the price was right.
tennmike wrote: »
First rupture of left eardrum was in a decompression chamber at Key West Naval Station. Anus chapeau running the tests on about a dozen of us was an idiot; released pressure too fast and blew out a few eardrums among us. I was in the submarine sonar program, as were the rest of them in the chamber. Those that got eardrums blown out got blown out of the sub sonar program; that bad hearing in one ear is a non starter.
Second blowout of left eardrum was at the 3"-50 twin gun mount. I was 'policing up the brass' in front of the gun mount as it was high enough to the point of interfering with the gun mount traverse (swing L-R). We were in a cease fire while the target was repositioned (old WWII destroyer). My left side was on the outboard side toward the muzzles. Hearing protection OUT due to cease fire, but I had my 'pot' on my noggin. The order came down to resume fire, and the idiot gunners mate lit off both barrels whose muzzles were about 4 feet above my head and I was almost directly under them. Concussion knocked me to my knees, and I came back up with a 3" casing and threw it at him. Good thing he ducked; those things ain't light. Got a gnat ride to the carrier and they confirmed what I already knew; left eardrum ruptured AGAIN! Two weeks in carrier sick bay while my eardrum healed a bit, and being seasick due to that unequal inner ear thing from ruptured eardrum. And the 'nurses' were all buttugly! :tooth: Gunners mate that did it got 'counseled' by the GMG CPO and the Weps officer. :roll2:
Knew a bunch of 'cannon cockers' in the 1st/278th National Guard unit I was in. They were hard of hearing, too. :uhm:
jaywapti wrote: »
For me its been 60+ years.
BigDanS wrote: »
Hearing loss discussion on a shooting forum... seems like there us a connection here. . Left eardrum was lanced as a baby because of an ear infection, and then my shooting partner as a teen fired a .357 next to it and I was deaf for two days. Now I have significant hearing loss in my left ear aboveI' 4000 hz, and tinnitus. I use a hearing amplifier / in ear protection system I bought from Cauldwell they no longer offer. It is digital, and I can attenuate the low end to hear high end sound better. I don't wear it all the time but it helps my hearing in crowds a lot. It was $60 to try out a hearing system. I think I need to seriously see a pro. I have been looking at systems and my ideal hearing aid would be bluetooth enabled and allow me to pick up my cell phone calls as well as assist my hearing. It would be nice if I could play music through them as well.
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