Soldiers in battle and hearing protection?

Soldiers in battle and hearing protection?

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    Soldiers in battle and hearing protection?

    Do men and women in battle wear any type of hearing protection?
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    Some wear electronic earpro/radio headsets, most dont. I didn't know anyone that wore regular ear plugs. Hard to make use of all your senses on dismounted patrol with your ears plugged and the radio headsets get hot and uncomfortable after awhile. I tried using them for a bit but I just couldn't get used to them.

    That's my experience on the matter anyways.
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    Thanks... I can't imagine not having ear protection but I couldn't imagine how they could and be able to communicate as well.
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    The way I look at it you're doing very good if you live to suffer from tinnitus. My buddy at the VA said they don't even investigate tinnitus claims from infantry soldiers. They just process them and start sending a check every month. While waste in government makes my blood boil, I've got no problem with that policy.
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    My dad was WWII and Korean age, he was not issued ear protection. My cousins who fought in Viet Nam were issued ear plugs but as above were not encouraged to use them. My son who spent time in Afghanistan was issued earplugs and was expected to use them during battles, but not on patrol. I was a teenager before I ever saw anyone use ear protection of any kind. I use the electronic headphones that block out noise over a certain DB level, and allow me to turn up the level so that I can hear cars pull up in the parking area behind me. DR

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    Never issued any, never used any.
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    I think the electronic sets would have been fine for short missions of a few hours or so but when you're out for days, weeks, and even months they just aren't practical to wear around at all times. If keeping them around for use in firefights only you'd have to take off your helmet to put them on.

    A set of plugs around your neck to be put in during the first lull in fighting would probably be the best way to go about it...we just never did.

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    Seems like the military would have invested in custom electronic earplugs by now. I think they retail in the $300 range, if I'm not mistaken.

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    Never issued any never used any. Vietnam and my ears were a very real part of staying alive.

    Today we try to remove every risk there is no matter how small. Reality is risk is part of life and war is a very risky business.
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    When I was in Viet Nam, they issued us the rubber ear plugs. The drill was reaching over the top of your head with the opposite hand and pulling up on your ear while inserting the ear plug for proper fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCXDm9 View Post
    Thanks... I can't imagine not having ear protection but I couldn't imagine how they could and be able to communicate as well.
    Hand signals and learning to talk/yell loudly.. and for the juniors learing how to read your superior without hearing what they say..

    By the time I retired from the Army in 2002 there is strict adhearance to hearing protection while in garrison and during training...
    Most crew members of vehicles with large caliber weapons (tanks, bradleys, etcc.) have primitive hearing protection built into their headgear.

    But that didn't help my ears from years of working on Tanks and other vehicles. Working on running engines, with little or no exhaust system and no hearing protection.

    My tinnitus somedays is hard to hear over, hard to fall asleep with.. Constantly deal with my wife saying "Why do you talk so loud!?!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    When I was in Viet Nam, they issued us the rubber ear plugs. The drill was reaching over the top of your head with the opposite hand and pulling up on your ear while inserting the ear plug for proper fit.
    ROFL... yep I still find myself doing that when inserting even foam earplugs when around loud stuff ... non-vets give you the deer in the headlight look..
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    When I served Combat MP duty OIF Iraq 2003 we didn't have hearing protection AND when we had to do any range practice we were told to do the best we could in finding paper or whatever we could find to try and plug up our ears. I did the best I could with what I could find but it didn't appear to make any difference. What? What'd you say???
    So far todate my hearing tests are fine but I don't know if it'll cause any problems for me in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    When I was in Viet Nam, they issued us the rubber ear plugs. The drill was reaching over the top of your head with the opposite hand and pulling up on your ear while inserting the ear plug for proper fit.
    I forgot all about that maneuver, thanks for the memory :-)
    Yeah, in '68 we were issued ear plugs in a clear plastic pill bottle, screw top secured with a beaded chain. Used them in training but never in Nam.
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