I have a 4 year old grand niece. I have already gotten her one of those Cricket .22 rifles, and probably this summer when she turns 5, I will take her shooting for the first time. Is there a small pair of ear muff style of hearing protectors or should I use those foam rubber in the ear type devices? Thanks.
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January 5, 2012, 09:07 AM
I would buy a muff that covers the bone behind the ear. Sound is transmitted to the inner ear through the mastoid bone.
It's transmitted through the skull too, but the mastoid process is really close to the inner ear.
January 5, 2012, 08:48 PM
January 5, 2012, 08:57 PM
Peltor makes some ear muffs for toddlers. We bought a pair for our 5 yr old and our 3 yr old for christmas. They seem to fit pretty good. They have them in pink and blue.
January 6, 2012, 03:30 PM
Wal mart used to carry some youth sized ear muffs a, Remington i think?
January 6, 2012, 03:34 PM
I applaud your concern for the little ones' hearing and making sure they have quality, well-fitting ear protection.
I'm 38 and have tintinitis as well as moderate hearing loss. Background noises make it difficult to have a conversation. This isn't just because of guns - power tools, engines, and guns all played a part.
Wish I knew now about hearing safety what I didn't know 30 years ago. My kids all wear ear plugs when in my shop, helping mow grass, etc, so hopefully they will be able to hear their kids [some day] without having to say, "Speak up," or "Please face me when you speak."
January 6, 2012, 04:42 PM
I have a set of the Remington muffs for my 4 year old guy. They're sized for little people and work well. The only thing he complains about is that they hurt when he wears glasses.
January 7, 2012, 04:08 AM
I work in a hospital doing MRI's, we use this on babies and younger children.