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Old 11-06-2012, 11:04 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Grillz... i just don't see myself wearing anything else in the near future. Issues like these are why i haven't picked up a pair of flex's yet.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:15 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Pffft. at least you lost hearing in an appropriate ear. Last time I went out, I took a hit to the left ear and couldn't hear outta my right ear.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:19 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I've taken a couple of bad hits to the ears while wearing both Flex's and ProAxis's, and I have been lucky enough to not take any real damage. I had a two game stent doing PB photography where I took five hits to the right ear, and luckily all it ended up doing was cauliflower-ing it for a few hours.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:08 AM   #14 (permalink)
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This past Saturday I was shot directly in the ear, well it hit the JT soft ear, for the first time in my career. In 15+ years I can't remember ever getting hit there.

It didn't hurt, but I did lose hearing for about 10 seconds, it was like the scene in Saving Private Ryan where the grenade went off right next to Tom Hanks. It was a weird muffled, oceany, ringing sound. Is this normal, and would hard ears stop this.
i guess you were... within earshot... of another player
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:00 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Ive been bunkered so many times playing snake in the ears it just doesnt matter anymore.
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:24 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I wear a full flex 8 helmet. And I still have had my bell rung a few times playing. One time a guy shot me right behind my ear (on my helmet) and I thought my alarm was going off the dinging was so loud, lol.

Another time I got shot through the side and filled my ear with paint, so much that I couldn't hear out of that ear until I cleaned it out. You don't realize how much paint is inside a paintball until ALL of it fills your ear canal.

I am surprised more players don't use full helmets, especially for kids... You can still get your bell rung, but it is way better than NO helmet...
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:38 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I play with a gas mask. No ear protection. My solution was to sew leather squares into my black beanie.

Turns out it doesn't work too well against teammates you were staring at for a full minute.
I got the ringing in my ear for a good minute.

I still run my setup, my ears can fend for themselves.
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i guess you were... within earshot... of another player
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Its in reference to the CSI Miami Meme, where horatio says a catchy pun. In this case, earshot referring to being within hearing range (or ear-ringing range =p), or being shot in the ear (ear-shot)
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:49 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Hey BLach, I was the guy that gatted you in the ear. The next day at NEPL, my mini-soft ears shifted up a bit and I got shot pretty much straight in the bottom of the ear. They have larger profile soft ears but the whole point of soft ears is that they are light and can deflect paint. Hard ears would probably help.

Last year I brought a friend to Gravity League; he used to play paintball and didn't really play in awhile. I lent him a pair of my Proflexes with mini soft ears. Somehow, a shot went THROUGH the soft ear and struck him in the ear. He was extremely disoriented for awhile.

The weird thing is that the shot looked like a "glancing" shot. I was facing you, as opposed to shooting you from the side. There was some angle, but it wasn't like a perpendicular hit. Must be one of those weird paintball freak accidents. It was a good time either way, hope to play with you soon.
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