July 25, 2022

Shooting and Hearing Protection

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Shooting and Hearing Protection

Shooting is a recreational sport that helps to show how important discipline is. It also emphasizes the importance of respect and safety. It doesn’t matter whether you like taking your rifle to the range or whether you just want to sharpen your pistol skills because you have to make sure that you wear the appropriate hearing protection. Shooting firearms is enjoyable but you have to remember that the noise levels are intense enough to cause permanent damage unless you take the right precautions.

Hearing Protection For Shooting Firearms

Some guns are way louder when compared to others. Some people think that you do not need any kind of hearing protection if you are shooting a 22 rifle, but this isn’t true. The repetitiveness of a low-frequency noise will still cause a large amount of damage to your eardrum over time.

Many shooters believe that your ear damage will soften the sounds that you hear as well, but again this is a myth. Loud and repetitive noises essentially punch holes in your eardrum, and this will create full gaps in your hearing. You may find that some noises are clear in frequency, but others cannot be heard at all.

Shooting Range Ear Protection

There are many different options that you can choose from when it comes to hearing protection. You can find disposal foam plugs that are made to conform to the shape of your ear, for example. If you wear these then you need to throw them out after you have used them once. Reusable earplugs tend to be made from more durable material, such as rubber or even silicone.

Another option would be hearing bands. These are often referred to as being canal caps. They are reusable plugs that have a plastic band around them.

This will wrap around the neck, making it easier for you to take them out when you are not using them. Earmuffs muffle the noise by covering your outer ear. Most of them can be adjusted and they are very comfortable to wear as well.

If you want something a little more high-tech then you have electronic headsets too. These are wired so that they block any impulsive noises. This makes it very easy for you to hear the person who is talking next to you, but when you fire a shotgun, you won’t be able to hear this much at all. This is otherwise known as being a noise-cancelling headset, as it can counteract the noises that are coming from the environment.

Getting The Right Hearing Protection

It’s so important that you invest in the right protection if you want to give your ears some protection. If you don’t then you may find that the damage is permanent, and it’s not worth taking the risk over. If you want to get some protection then there are many options available to you on the internet, so check them out today if you want to avoid putting yourself in harm’s way.

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Interested in purchasing proper hearing protection? Give The Hearing Spa a call, and our professionals can recommend which products would work best with your needs and lifestyle.

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Dr. Victoria L. Moore
Lead Audiologist
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Dr. Victoria Moore (Vicky) serves as President as well as Lead Audiologist at The Hearing Spa. She moved to the USA from England in 1991 and has been serving the communities of Sarasota and Bradenton for over 20 years. Her independent audiology practice focuses on adult hearing loss, tinnitus management, as well as Cochlear Implant services.


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