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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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We plan on flying with our pups in our plane. Last year Sam earned his private pilot and has since earned his instrument rating. We have a Mooney (private low wing plane) and want to take the whole family along on our excursions.

It is important to us that everyone is safe and protected in the plane, including hearing protection. I've had my headsets off at times and it is LOUD! So we have ordered hearing protection for the girls.

Today was Bella's first time wearing her earmuffs. We slowly acclumate them to the earmuffs before we even try to go in the plane. She did really well and wore them for about 10 minutes. She didn't try to pull them off even once. It is really funny because they can't hear you well when you call them.

The earmuffs are too big for Willow, but since they cost a bit we are waiting to purchase her pair. Will will use these to get her used to the earmuffs.

The girls will go to the airport with us for the first time in the up and coming weeks so they can get used to seeing the planes and hearing the noises around the airport.

These earmuff are similar to the ones Pilots 'n Paws rescue use!
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How fun! What a great adventure for you and your pups!

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My brother and SIL have a private plane and fly with their Sheltie all the time. They use "Mutt Muffs" on him, that look pretty similar to what you got for the girls. Sammy looks forward to his great adventures with them!


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My brother and SIL have a private plane and fly with their Sheltie all the time. They use "Mutt Muffs" on him, that look pretty similar to what you got for the girls. Sammy looks forward to his great adventures with them!
We were all ready to buy a pair of Mutt muffs until we went to the Sun n Fun Fly-in this year. Many flying enthusiast and Paws n Pilots voluteers use the Mutt Muffs. Both products (Mutt muffs and the 4PawsAviation) were there at the event and we had the chance to handle and "test" both of them on our ears. The Paws seems quieter when we had them over our ears, and they had a more conforming foam.

Of course, being the researcher that I am, I had to see the test data so I wrote to the company. If you want to share this information, this is what was sent back:

Initial testing was performed on a 54 year old male test subject. A baseline hearing test was obtained in soundfield under calibrated and controlled conditions in a sound treated room using pulsed warble tones for 8 frequencies (250Hz - 8000Hz) in an open-ear condition with sound sources placed at 90 and 180 degrees azimuth. Subsequent testing was performed under the same conditions but covering the open ears with the Mutt Muff product and then the 4 Paws Aviation product. Threshold detection levels at the eight test frequencies were averaged together to compare the amount of sound reduction in decibels (dBHL). Raw data shows an average of 26.875dBHL for the Mutt Muff product and an average of 41.875dBHL for the 4 Paws Aviation product. The higher the number of dBHL, the greater the amount of sound reduction and subsequent better hearing protection. Conclusion: The 4 Paws Aviation product shows a significantly higher amount of average sound reduction compared to the Mutt Muff


Better yet, they were less expensive! I'm glad to hear there are other flying dogs.

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Cool! I'll pass it on to them!


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