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May I ask a question of our FR shooters re hearing protection?

Posted on 02/17/2013 9:28:56 AM PST by LouAvul

I've damaged my hearing from unprotected shooting. Now, everything I've read insists I wear both earplugs and muffs while shooting.

I also read that people are using electronic muffs for hunting so they can hear game movement.

If muffs and plugs are necessary to protect our hearing, how is it that electronic muffs, alone, are sufficient?


Also, I have a pair of Howard Leight Impact Sports muffs and wore them yesterday for coyote hunting.

I discharged my 223 and must not have had a good "weld" on my left ear because there was a slight "ringing" after the shot that didn't last long.

I say it didn't last long because it blended in real well with the nonstop "ringing" (tinnitis) I have anyway.

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1 posted on 02/17/2013 9:29:05 AM PST by LouAvul
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To: LouAvul

Walker Game Ears $279.00. Buy the best and you won’t have a problem. You can get them at Cabelas.

2 posted on 02/17/2013 9:34:54 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: LouAvul

I know NOTHING about those particular ear muffs, but typically so many fewer rounds are discharged when hunting, than when on the range, that the total exposure to hearing is much less. And you are somewhat less likely to have other shooters near you.

3 posted on 02/17/2013 9:35:05 AM PST by 2harddrive
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To: LouAvul

I’ve always used electronic ear muffs, sometimes turned on and sometimes not, and my hearing is exceptionally good. However, I have a good fit. I have ear plugs that I tried a few times, but didn’t like the feel and they didn’t seem to be needed.

4 posted on 02/17/2013 9:37:16 AM PST by Truth29
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To: LouAvul

I have a pretty bad case of tinnitus also. It acts up the most when I am stressed or don’t get enough sleep and also when I have been exposed to loud noises. There is a pretty big difference in ear muffs. Sometimes out at the range I do wear both muffs and plugs especially when I or someone else is shooting something really loud.

I have some Peltor ear muffs that are considerably more effective than the ones I picked up for a dollar or two at Harbor Freight. I would assume that the same variability goes for the electronic muffs. Price may not be the best indicator of effectiveness, so I too will be anxiously awaiting a response to your question.

5 posted on 02/17/2013 9:37:39 AM PST by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: LouAvul

Mostly Sporting Clays here, used a variety of foam plugs until they became uncomfortable. Had a local guy mold custom silicone plugs that fill the ear canal. Most comfortable ever! First time out I wore them for 5 hours and hardly noticed. Granted you can’t hear much else going on, but I think they also make some with the electronic protection installed.

6 posted on 02/17/2013 9:38:54 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: LouAvul

Wow, you’re in rough shape !

A friend of mine deals with Tinnitus. It’s a living hell. My parents are both deaf from loud music in the 70s. My father has some crazy, $5000 hearing system and my mother just deals with it.

I swore to never go through that. I’m 36 and I have perfect hearing (Off the charts). That said, I often do activities that are ear damaging (Driving a convertible, loud muscle cars, jeeps with the tops off, and shooting every chance I get)

I carry around several styles of ear plugs on me at all times. I drive my car with ear plugs, and I’m frequently seen outdoors with earplugs in, even when the occasion doesn’t really call for it.

I get my earplugs at a local motorcycle shop. I have learned that they are rated for specific frequencies depending on their material. I frequently use the “Skull plugs” at the range, and the “booger” style plugs on the road.

I’ve also become familiar with their fit and resistance, and I keep my left one in, and my right one out (Or vice versa, depending on what hand is free). If I’m shooting in the woods where the gun fire is predictable, I’ll reach up real quick and push one in further to close the canal. When the shooting stops, I rub my lobe and the ear plug frees up enough to hear. I have never used an electronic muff at the range though.

Often times a walk-in medical clinic will clean out my ears with a deep procedure (It’s painful as hell) I go through that about once a year. I will weekly clean my ears with a drugstore soak, and I’ll swab my ears throughout the day about 3 times. I also have 8 ear piercings, so I clean those out frequently throughout the day as well.

All of this is because my parents have this loss of hearing, and it’s a pain in the ass - truly. People talk to them with malice (I lost my hearing once due to an infection - And yes, people treat you like shit when you can’t hear). All of these have taught me to be vigilant with my hearing.

Until nerve death occurs in the timpanic membrane, all of this hearing damage IS (likely) undoable. You can heal and regain a lot of that sensitivity back.

7 posted on 02/17/2013 9:39:19 AM PST by Celerity
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To: LouAvul

I damaged my hearing when I was young and had not heard about hearing loss from shooting. Actually I failed my draft physical because of my hearing.

When plinking, target shooting etc. I would wear as much as is reasonable. Although it probably does a tiny amount of damage when hunting I still don’t wear protection then.

8 posted on 02/17/2013 9:40:17 AM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: 2harddrive
From all research I've done, it just takes one shot to damage your ears.

At 140 dBA noise causes immediate injury to almost any unprotected ear.

.223, 55GR. Commercial load 18" barrel 155.5dB

.243 in 22" barrel 155.9dB

.30-30 in 20" barrel 156.0dB.

7mm Magnum in 20" barrel 157.5dB.

.308 in 24" barrel 156.2dB.

.30-06 in 24" barrel 158.5dB. In 18" barrel 163.2dB.

.375 18" barrel with muzzle brake 170 dB.

.410 Bore 28" barrel 150dB. 26" barrel 150.25dB. 18" barrel 156.30dB.

20 Gauge 28" barrel 152.50dB. 22" barrel 154.75dB.

12 Gauge 28" barrel 151.50dB. 26" barrel 156.10dB. 18" barrel 161.50dB.

.25 ACP 155.0 dB.

.32 LONG 152.4 dB.

.32 ACP 153.5 dB.

.380 157.7 dB.

I can't afford to lose any more hearing, if it can be helped.

9 posted on 02/17/2013 9:41:34 AM PST by LouAvul
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I wear military earplugs and am happy with them. don’t bother looking for them at an Army/navy store, order a couple of pairs on-line.

10 posted on 02/17/2013 9:41:41 AM PST by TheRhinelander
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I consider myself lucky. I’ve been playing heavy metal professionally for over 25 years and rarely wore earplugs. Had stacks of Marshalls behind me. No problems. Now that I’m older I do wear earplugs, always military ones, never the crap foam ones.

11 posted on 02/17/2013 9:43:43 AM PST by TheRhinelander
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To: LouAvul

I’ve actually been meaning to ask this question for some time now but don’t like vanities too much so I held off.

I wonder what, if anything, is used for hearing protection in combat? I never see any being used by our troops and the volume must be unbelievable! I know communication is obviously important in combat as well, so a soldier has to be able to hear. I don’t get it. How is it done? Do soldiers just go without and blow their ears out and hope it comes back after some time?

12 posted on 02/17/2013 9:43:51 AM PST by The Toll
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To: LouAvul
Some electronic headsets are better than others. The electronics inside aren't expensive, but the sound dampening and design sure make the price go up fast for models that allow good cheek weld without interfering because of a bulky design.

There really is no one great design/brand/model in sound-cancelling electronic hearing protection, I'm afraid.

I can at least tell you the model that's been widely adopted by the US military: Peltor SwatTac MT15H68FB-08.

Personally, I don't have any electronic hearing protection. I have custom molded earplugs because I suffer from Tinnitus like you do. These are the best but they have their downside too.

13 posted on 02/17/2013 9:45:18 AM PST by The KG9 Kid (Demand Common Sense Nut Control.)
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To: LouAvul
"If muffs and plugs are necessary to protect our hearing, how is it that electronic muffs, alone, are sufficient?'


"If muffs and plugs are necessary to protect our hearing, how is it that electronic muffs, alone, are sufficient?"


14 posted on 02/17/2013 9:47:54 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: TheRhinelander

I use my original pair of earplugs from 1979 that I was issued in Basic Training at Ft Leonardwood. They are not as orange as they used to be and the clear plastic case has changed to a brownish color but they still work as good as when they were issued. Depending on what I shoot I will use the plugs, muffs or both.

15 posted on 02/17/2013 9:49:26 AM PST by Dutch Boy
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When target shooting I always double up on my hearing protection, ear plugs and ear muffs.

Some of my handguns are extremely loud, such as my J frame S&W snubbie when shooting +P loads (or even target loads.)

When hunting, I use these earplugs that have a valve in them. It allows normal hearing, but attenuates loud bangs. A deer rifle is not as loud to the shooter as many handguns are due to the long barrel.

Also, when target shooting, I am burning through 100-150 rounds of ammo. (Or used to before the current madness. I’m not burning up my stocks until I know I can replace them.)

Deer hunting is a shot, maybe two.

All good reasons to double up on hearing protection at the range, especially an indoor range.

16 posted on 02/17/2013 9:53:08 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: LouAvul

MidwayUSA Ultimate 10 by Peltor

On sale for 17.99 this month (plus shipping, so add on a lot more stuff to spread it out).

I wear these when reading in the house to dull (almost eliminate) the TV when others are watching. And any other noisy place - got more than one pair.

17 posted on 02/17/2013 9:53:18 AM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: The KG9 Kid
Peltor SwatTac MT15H68FB-08

I'm looking at those online. Their configuration (bulky at the bottom) would absolutely prevent a good cheek weld on the gun stock. Even mine (Howard Leight Impact Sports) bump and "knock" against the stock a great deal.

18 posted on 02/17/2013 9:53:50 AM PST by LouAvul
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To: LouAvul
If I sense a threat to my domicile, the first thing I reach for are the electronic muffs by my bed. When turned on full, I actually hear more acutely, and my hearing is protected if I have to fire off a few rounds. The first round will likely give a moments disorientation to any intruder, if they aren't hit. I want to be able to hear every peep that occurs after I start shooting, if for no other reason than to discover if there is more than one for me to account for. Before Christmas, Midway had good ear muffs with the batteries on sale for less than fifteen bucks. I bought three pair and should have bought six ... already giving them away to family members in other cities.

On a side not, I sometimes put the muffs on when I go to bed, to just lay there and listen to what I wasn't hearing ebfore retiring for the night. That's how I discovered that my neighbor takes his cell phone to his back deck when he wants to talk out of earshot to his family. His deck is about fifty or so feet from by bedroom window. The muffs are also good at the range since you hear everything except the booms. ... Electrons travel quite a bit faster than sound waves, even close by sound waves.

19 posted on 02/17/2013 9:55:06 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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I have used expensive electronic hearing protection in an industrial situation, They block noise over 85 DB and amplify sound under 85 DB. I could actually hear the inner parts of a generator in a 105 DB environment. This is an easy way to find a loose tappet.
20 posted on 02/17/2013 9:55:09 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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