Whether you’ve been raised to just tough it out, or you simply weren’t raised using hearing protection, these facts will have you scrambling to buy a hearing protection device as soon as you finish reading…
Fact 1: Just One Shot Can Give you Damage
That’s right, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, people who don’t wear hearing protection can suffer significant hearing loss with even one shot, if the conditions are right.
Fact 2: Hunters are at High Risk
While you should be wearing hearing protection as a part of your everyday gear, many hunters shirk it off because they report that they can’t hear game coming with plugs or muffs.
The truth is, there are electronic hearing protection devices out there that can allow you to hear the soft sounds, but protect your ears when a loud sound happens. No more excuses.
Fact 3: Only 50% of those Target Shooting Wear Hearing Protection
Target shooting is the time to really take care of your hearing. If you’re a great shot, you practice often.
Experts recommend that you might even double up on your protection when practicing – like wearing earplugs under a pair of muffs. While the sounds of shooting can always be damaging, if you practice in a range with walls, the noise will be amplified.
Whether you practice outdoors or indoors, double protection every time you hit the range will help to protect your hearing for years to come.
Fact 4: It doesn’t have to be a Big Gun to cause Big Problems
After shooting some big guns, we sometimes like to think of the little guys as simply meaningless noise. What we know is that almost all firearms create noise that is over the hearing damage level of 140-dB.
Fact 5: Hearing Loss from Shooting can be Permanent
Hunters can develop something known as high-frequency hearing loss, making certain sounds unclear and the speech of others sound like mumbling. You can also develop tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Both of these issues can be permanent.
Many thanks to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for their continued work examining the hearing in all of us.