A skilled canine hunter relies on their senses for important information. Vision. Smell. Hearing. They are all used to track and capture prey animals. Protecting hunting dogs hearing can be very tricky. Can you allow a hunting dog to hear the important sounds while protecting their hearing at the same time? The answer is yes!
We Totally Understand That Hunting Dogs Use Their Hearing
Acuity of a hunting dog’s hearing cannot be over-rated. Unlike humans, dogs are listening for specific sounds and decibels. Protecting hunting dogs hearing is necessary as they need to be able to hear sounds that humans can’t hear at all (low volume, high pitched sounds). Prey animals are intentionally incredibly quiet and difficult to find. Gun shots, however, are very loud by nature and could be causing damage to your hunting dog’s hearing.
It’s The Loud Bangs That You Need to Worry About
Gunshots are short, blasts of sound, but the impact that sound has can last a long time. In a recent study by Mississippi State University (source), hunting dogs had their hearing tested to see how gun shots can affect hearing loss. Healthy dogs were able to hear low decibel sounds (between 10 and 15 dB). However, a dog that was exposed to repeated gunfire was not able to hear sound until it was at 60 dB.
Hunting is difficult for anyone – dog or human- with profound hearing loss. Protecting hunting dogs hearing could help them to be able to hunt for years to come. How can you be protecting hunting dogs hearing while still allowing them to hear the delicate sounds they need to hear?
Protecting Hunting Dogs Hearing While Allowing Them To Hear
CrittEar Calm in-ear dog earplugs are great at protecting hunting dogs hearing while allowing dogs to hear the noises that they need to hear to do an excellent job on the hunt. While they are not a true range blocking earplug, CrittEar Calm dog earplugs do buffer sound to 31 dB. While using CrittEar Calm dog earplugs, your dog will still be able to hear your commands but will have some protection from harsh gunshot noises.
True Hunting Dog Earplugs Are On The Horizon
If you like to hunt with your dog, now is a great time to get started training with CrittEar Calm dog earplugs. CrittEar Calm are simple, patented memory foam dog earplugs are terrific for training your dog to keep the dog earplugs in and enjoy the sense of calm that they bring. These dog earplugs will also protect your hunting dogs hearing until our newest line of dog earplugs become available.
Coming in 2022, CrittEar will be launching a brand-new line of dog earplugs called Hunt. CrittEar Hunt dog earplugs will be specifically tailored to protecting hunting dogs hearing. They will be made from a patented memory foam and silicone blend that will block harmful gun shot noises, while amplifying the important sounds that your hunting dog is listening for. Your hunting dog will be able to hunt with you for years to come with a little help from CrittEar hunt!