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Protect Your Hearing While Shooting
Joshua Luekenga August 15, 2017

Protect Your Hearing While Shooting

People who enjoy firing a couple of rounds at the shooting range will benefit from learning about hearing protection during this activity. Firearms can be extremely loud and detrimental to hearing, ranging from a roaring 140 dB to 175 dB sound levels. Such extreme levels of sound can contribute to the development of hearing loss.

Hearing loss due to shooting usually occurs in the high-frequency range which can result in being able to hear sounds but being unable to understand speech. Loss of hearing is irreversible, which is why it is important to learn about hearing protection that can be used the next time you go shooting.

The most commonly used form of hearing protection at shooting ranges are earmuffs or earplugs. Depending on the type of earplug or earmuff you are using, the effectiveness of sound blockage and comfort will vary.

Some people choose to get customized ear molds that prevent sound leakage that usually occurs with standardized earplugs. Alternatively, electronic earmuffs can be used to enable shooters to listen and respond to conversations while simultaneously blocking the sound of firearms. These earmuffs are usually uncomfortable to wear due to their weight and can result in increased perspiration after prolonged use.

Another type of hearing protection is the customized electronic protection for shooters. These types of protective gear enable gentle sounds to flow through and block any sounds exceeding 90 dB. This particular type of hearing protection is lightweight and comfortable since they are customized to fit every individual user’s ears. Due to their comfort and ease of use they can be easily worn for longer durations. All that is required to create this type of hearing protection is a brief appointment that lasts around 10 to 15 minutes to develop precise impressions of the user’s ears.

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