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Digital technology protects hunters against permanent hearing loss
19 Jul 2010
[In Afrikaans]

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The sound of a gunshot at close range can damage your hearing for life, and that's a fact! A Saturday morning's practice session at a shooting range where shots from big bore rifles are fired a mere 2m on either side of you will damage year ears for ever - unless you wear proper noise protection.

If you can feel the impact from your neighbour's practice shots on your body, can you imagine the damage that the vibration can cause to your ears? Most hunters and shooters have the common sense to wear some form of passive protection, such as ear muffs or solid plugs, when going out on the shooting range. Some protection is still better than no protection at all.

But why would anyone compromise on ear protection when the latest technology is available to ensure that your ears are not damaged at all or no further damage occurs? Modern digital noise protection technology is now available for South African hunters, competition and clay-shooters. It comes in the shape of an ultra lightweight and unobtrusive earplug, combined with excellent noise suppression while allowing the wearer to still hear absolutely everything going on around you.

These devices cut off all noise exceeding 85 DB through an internal digital electronic circuit that reduces the high level sounds caused by gun-fire and simultaneously provides low-level amplification for softer sounds. The wearer does not experience that isolated feeling that is common when wearing ear muffs or solid plugs.

According to Sean Stones, sole distributor of CENS (Custom Electronic Noise Suppressors) in South Africa, it takes only four hours of exposure to noise exceeding 90 DB to cause permanent ear damage - equal to one Saturday morning's practice session on the shooting range.

The CENS flexible silicon earplugs are custom-made to fit the contours of your ears, fits flush with the outer ear, can easily be worn all day without any discomfort, and allow you to have a normal conversation or hear any important announcements without the need to remove the plugs. No need for: `sorry, say what?" You can even hear an SMS coming through on your mobile phone in your shirt pocket while you are on the shooting range.

Sean says the typical reaction from some hunters and shooters when he tells them about CENS is often: `I am already half deaf, so why bother switching now?" Well, maybe, but considering that the cost of a hearing aid can range from R30 000 - R40 000, then the average cost of R5600 for a set of custom-fitted digital ear plugs is a small price to pay to preserve your current hearing ability. `Don't be pennywise and pound foolish," advises Sean.

`There are so many young people that take up shooting and hunting. Parents should consider their future and ensure that their children's ears are protected properly. The custom-fitted soft silicone mould of the earplug can be replaced to keep up with a growing child's ears. We transfer the same digital electronic circuit to the replacement mould, keeping the cost down," explains Sean.

The device has an optional amplification feature to a factor of 10, which enhances sounds of animals moving in the veld and enables the hunter to anticipate oncoming animals. This feature does not interfere with the suppression function of the device that keeps loud noise down to a safe level. The CENS both protects and enhances - the ideal solution for hunters.

There are various options available to suit personal needs and pockets. The entire CENS range and other hunting accessories will be on show at HuntEx2011 from 15 - 17 April 2011 at Gallagher Convention Centre. For more information about noise protection, call 012 809 1685 or email info@earafrica.co.za
Read more about HuntEx2011 on www.huntex.net or contact Adriaan Woudstra at adriaan@huntex.net , tel 012 803 5986 or fax 086 513 1103.

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