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Walker's Game Ear?

Has anyone used the Walker's Game Ear for bowhunting?

What are your thoughts?

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Walker's Game Ear?

What would our ancesters think if they saw us walking around with this little hearing aid in our ear.I'm sure that many,many moons ago they had to rely on their senses and I'm a firm believer that your God given senses are more than adequate enough to take a creature that you are far more superior to. Honestly I cannot see how the Game Ear will increase your odds of scoring. Don't get me wrong I'm all for increasing your odds and adding to your bag of tricks to get the animal you are after,but I personally feel that time in the feild and practice with your weapon of choice is your best chance of scoring.Hey, I may be completely wrong about this thing but I'm just trying to imagine how loud those pesky little chipmunks would sound when they are about 10 feet away.SHHH, I JUST HEARD SOMETHING.....LOL!

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Having been legally deaf since I was 8 years old...29 years of being deaf...I can't tell you how much I enjoy being able to hear sounds in the woods since I got a "Bionic Ear" Cochlear Implant. If you have a small hearing loss I can see Walker's Game Ear helping you some...more advanced...get professional hearing aids....extreme hearing loss...consider a cochlear implant. The most advanced one available at this time is the above mentioned "Bionic Ear" from Advanced Bionics and you can read all about it at http://www.bionicear.com (This is the same device that Rush Limbaugh received) The device, Surgery, and presurgical examinations (CAT SCAN, MRI) come to a grand total of about $50,000 but this is usually covered by Medical Insurance since the device is listed as a PROSTHETIC Device...in other words...an artificial ear. Hearing Aids are usually NOT covered by insurance and I don't think that is right at all! If you need glasses to see better...OK! If you need hearing aids to hear better...Tough Luck! Anyhow...where before I couldn't hear anything in the woods without my hearing aid and very little with that...I can now hear a deer crunching acorns at 25 yards or walking in or that squirrel that was perched about 15 feet above my head chirring and chirping and cussing me out! LOL! Never would have known he was there before the implant! I can even hear the second hand ticking on an analog battery powered clock in a quiet room at about 15 feet away. And they tell me this will get BETTER with Software upgrades because at present we are only using about 1/10th of the hardware potential! Awesome! At present I have just the right side implanted...I am waiting to see if the FDA will approve getting both sides implanted. They won't do the other side until and unless the FDA decides that people will benefit more from having both ears implanted and then the Insurance people will have to pay up! I would like to get the other side done so that I can LOCATE the direction that a sound is coming from. At present that is pretty hard to do but at least I know to be LOOKING for the source of any sounds that I hear. I want to be able to locate and go to that turkey in the woods. Anyhow...just wanted you guys to know these options are available and that you don't HAVE to give up on ever hearing the wonderful sounds of nature again. So...go see an Audiologist and see which option is best for you! Good Luck!

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Hey that is cool Bowzarky! Yes it is pretty amazing when electronics meets biology. It must have been like a whole new world opening up after the implant.

How long was your recovery time from surgery?

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we tried them several years ago, but I can't stand them.

no matter what anyone says I can not tell direction as well as with my naked ear even with two in, and the wind--even a light light breeze-- through the leaves drove me nuts.

but I have very good hearing so that might not be the norm with them.

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Bitmasher...sorry for the LATE reply...don't even know if you are still around. I posted this 5 years ago and never came back to this website until now. I actually didn't plan to come back here this time but I was just messing around and typed in my user name in Google and started clicking on webpages that had my name in them to see what they had on me....you should try that sometime! Anyhow...to answer your question....I was off work for about 8 weeks after surgery....it was supposed to be 6 weeks but I had an unusual amount of dizziness. This happens sometimes but not often in these surgeries. They wait until the swelling goes down several weeks later before they bring you in to give you your processor and sit you down for your initial programming session. It takes several visits back to tweak the programming to allow you to hear what you should be hearing. I imagine it would be especially hard to program right if you had NEVER heard sound before. I had but it had been 29 years since I had normal hearing so it took some doing. Basically I would have to figure out what I WASN'T hearing and go back and tell them I am NOT hearing these pitches and they would adjust accordingly. In the 6 years since the implant they have improved the programming though...I am now using "High Fidelity 120" sound processing which in effect gives me 120 spectral bands of sound as opposed to the original 32 spectral bands of sound that I started with and the improved detail is incredible. Anyone interested in looking into getting a cochlear implant can learn more about it at http://www.bionicear.com I should warn you though that it isn't cheap...so you need good insurance or lots of dough. It will run you in the ballpark of $50,000.

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Thanks for the reply. I feel like one of those folks that receives a letter a few years later through the post office.

I suspect one way to know what your not hearing, with the precondition of having no or little hearing, is to look at some sort of real time spectral map. Visually being able to see that you should be able to hear such and such frequency but then not detecting it with your new ear.

Glad to read it worked out for you. You're right they are not cheap, but the procedure and equipment is getting less costly than when it was first introduced.

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Walker's Game Ear?

I am considering the purchase of the Walker's Game Ear as a solution for hearing protection that will allow me to hear the others around me when upland hunting. I rarely have worn hearing protection in the field because I think hearing those around me is more important from a safety perspective.

Does anybody care to share their experiences good or bad?

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