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10-23-2010, 13:07
Hey Mas, I had another follow up question to the discussion of amplified hearing protection.
How well are you still able to discern direction when using one of these setups?


Mas Ayoob
10-23-2010, 18:41
Great question, Aaron! Thanks for bringing it up.

One of the reasons I prefer the old Wolf Ears is that they're binaural, as opposed to stereo.

As it was explained to me by the engineers at Gentex long ago, "binaural" means that you hear in each ear the same way you would without muffs on, and determine direction normally.

Stereo is more like wearing dual earplugs with an iPod or an old Walkman: sound comes in both ears in a way that makes it sound as if it's either all around you or inside your head.

Thus, with stereo you have to look around to see where the sound came from.

With binaural, you can tell sound direction naturally.

It's an important point, and one I had neglected in previous discussions, so thanks again for bringing it up.


10-24-2010, 23:26
Good info to have! Thanks.
I just did some browsing around and only found stereo units. Do you know of any binural units on the market still?

Mas Ayoob
10-25-2010, 06:57
Pretty thin on the ground, aren't they?

It's worth your while to check on eBay for Gentex 1030A Binaural Wolf Ears.



10-26-2010, 01:12
I'll keep my eyes out, thanks again!