Appropriate ear is a must for hunters and shooters of all ages, although it is usually the last thing on the mind of the shooter or hunter. I know from experience because I used to think the same way, until I discovered some early onset hearing loss in my early thirties. Is that most early hearing loss in the left ear and my I shoot right-handed; much of the loss can probably be attributed to all hunting and shooting I did as a child and teenager, without the use of appropriate hearing. Which served as a wake-up call for me, so now I have to go to great lengths to ensure that my hearing is protected when I shoot or hunt.

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology (Aao), lighting, noise at or above 80 to 85 decibels (dB) range can produce ear injury. The damage itself is about as much noise damages the sensitive nerve endings in the inner ear. The loud noises or longer exposure to the sound, the more damage occurs.

has already demonstrated the importance of hearing protection for shooters, let’s talk about choosing the best style of hearing protection for your needs. Since not all types of hearing protection are equal, I would recommend building your buying decision on a combination of facts and prices. I would not automatically go for the least expensive or the cheapest solution to some of the less expensive types of hearing protection may only offer minimal protection.

Most people would think to buy some kind of hearing protection would be fairly easy, but there are a number of different types of hearing protection available along with various levels of protection. The focus of this article is to provide basic information about the various types of hearing protection, as well as several proposals

For the most part, hearing protection for shooting sports can break down into several different categories :. Idle ear plugs, passive hearing protection, and electronic hearing protection

Let’s take a moment to review each of these different types of hearing protection in detail :.

Passive ear plugs – These are basically soft plugs which are usually made of plastic or some kind of foam-based material. These plugs are placed in the ear opening and they help to reduce the high volume of sound that the ear is exposed to. They are known as “passive” because these links do not utilize any electronic damper noise. Ear plugs are far cheaper form of hearing protection, but they actually work in practice? The sound is muffled a bit, but can still be very great. When I was younger, I can remember to use ear plugs of this kind when dove hunting; I can still remember how bad my ears rang for a full day of fishing. I am sure that plugs helped out some, but they do not really protect your ears as well as they should have been spent

Passive hearing protection -. This style is usually a combination of ear muffs that have cups covering the entire ear. The muffs are usually associated with a headband or headpiece of some kind. As passive ear plugs, this style will not have an electronic sound dampening devices. Ear Muff style design is good as the cup is sealed to protect the ear from all the noise against the ear plugs only partially protect the ear canal itself. Most ear muff models have the ability to adjust, although some of the cheaper ear muff model may not have this feature. Unfortunately, ear muffs of this kind reduce all sounds, so that the wearer can not hear someone talking or other important sounds

Electronic hearing protection -. This design includes ear muff style and incorporate it with electronic technology that reduces the noise down to a level that is not harmful to the human ear. All sound dampening process occurs faster than the blink of an eye that suppress the sound is sent to the user almost instantly. The best feature of electronic hearing protection authority to hear everything that is happening around you while you’re shooting. In many cases, such as the stage, in training, or while hunting; this can be a great benefit. Naturally, because of the technology required, electronic ear tend to be the most expensive all hearing protection devices. Some of the higher end models have electronic other enhancements such as independent volume window for each side of the ear muffs, enhanced configuration capabilities, battery saver feature to protect battery use, and ambient sound expansion. The ambient sound enhancement is a great benefit for hunters as it increases the noise level that is greater than the naked ear can hear. At the same time, augmented sound instead dampened when the shot is fired.

So how do you choose which model to buy? Evaluate your specific needs and match up to the best option above. Personally, I would not advocate major passive ear plugs. Far beyond no hearing protection at all, they offer only minimal protection. If you shoot only now and again or have no demand for additional capacity electronic model, the basic passive ear muffs will probably work just fine. If you are a regular shooter or hunter, electronic model can be an excellent investment with all its added features. I changed from passive headphones electronic model years ago, and I’ve never once regretted it. At the end, the decision really comes down to your own preferences and needs.


October 16th, 2015

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