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avoiding ear damage with powerful rifles

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mainecoon, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. okayletsgo

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    Ugg I used to go without because I thought the "real sound" was part of the fun. It took me way too long to realize that this was a mistake. I double up now, but it's probably too late.
     
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    I get no response when I click on your (3) earplug "links".
     
  3. Helidude

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    Huhh ???
     
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  4. Sundancer2004

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    Double up, do everything you possibly can to protect your hearing. I just left the VA yesterday and they ordered two hearing aids for me. It all started with the first shot.........I still shoot. At 67 its too late to shut the barn door, but its still time for you......enjoy
     
  5. entropy

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    When you ask them, SPEAK UP, SONNY! ;)
     
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  6. Justin Thyme

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    Learned that lesson working around high volume equipment from early 20s. Ingrained as of now, I'm a poster child for its benefit-perfect hearing in my 50s... wish I could use then when the gain is cranked on the amp but I tell myself that's why I saved it in the first place LOL
     
  7. Stevie-Ray

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    Double-up on everything from .22 to .45-70. Wish I would have started that when I was a kid, though. Too late now, like so many out there. Lawn mowers, fireworks, machinery-it all took it's toll, not just firearms. Saving what I have left.
     
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  8. RPZ

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    Don't shoot them adjacent to a wall or large tree :p
     
  9. TXAZ

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    Spend the money for the best ear PLUGS you can buy that are comfortable and have a high noise reduction. This might be the "moldable silly putty" type.
    Then spend the money for the best ear MUFFS you can buy that are comfortable and have a high noise reduction.

    You will be very glad you did.
     
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  10. Solomonson

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    I was at a public range on Sunday. I had foam plugs (which were correctly installed) AND a pair of Howard Leight electronic muffs. Everything was great until some guy with a 300 Weatherby Magnum with muzzle brake took the bench next to mine. I could feel the HARSH concussion on my face -- thank goodness my ears were well protected.

    I told him to move. That firearm in that setting was downright offensive. He moved but it really seemed as though he was having trouble hearing me...
     
  11. jhansman

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    What? :p

    But yeah, anything louder than .22, double up. Hearing loss doesn't return. I was next to a guy shooting a .308 with a muzzle break. Every time he fired that thing I jumped, and I was doubled up. Was trying to sight in my new Howa 1500 and concentration was nearly impossible. There is such a thing as a gun that's just too damn loud.
     
  12. HOWARD J

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    Deaf in one ear & can't hear out of the other---
    Sometimes I think I am better off
     
  13. TXAZ

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    Was out shooting Boomer (Barrett .50) yesterday. It's very loud but much slower and very different and not near the 'crack' of some guns like the .300 Weatherby Mag.
    (And besides Boomer is more of a firm push to your shoulder than a Wetherby's ball peen hammer to your shoulder blade)
     
  14. Johnjane3000(Northpark)

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    I think you are talking about a .50 BMG rifle.
    I wouldn't shoot 50 calibers right beside me.
    I also think people should also never get close Muzzle break.
     
  15. hso

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    We have hearing protection threads frequently and the professional advice is always the same, double up with the highest NRR you can applied properly and use a suppressor whenever possible. The secondary advice is to use equipment from the major industrial hearing protection manufacturers for confidence in the quality and protection.
     
  16. Bentonville

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    Please name the industrial hearing protection companies. I do have the Peltor 10 and the pro ears ultra 33 and use Hearos foam plugs rated at 33nrr. If there is something better I need it. I ,too, suffer from tinnitus due to rock music and shooting early in life . I'm 67 and want to keep what I have for the next 30 years , at least.
     
  17. mcmurry

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    When hunting and just shooting, I use Sonic II's. I'm holding my head wrong or something, cause with a rifle, regular muffs interfere with holding my head right to sight my rifle. While mowing, I wear foam plugs. I've had tinnitus for decades.
     
  18. If1HitU

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    I use plugs,and I can't stand using muffs.
     
  19. warnerwh

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    Guns, machinery and loud music. A couple of years ago the VA fitted me with hearing aids. I could hardly believe what I was hearing. Believe it or not I think I like it better not wearing them. The quiet can be nice.
     
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    Remember folks, this is NOT the way to do it.
     

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  23. saiga308

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    what did yah say?;)
     
  24. ourway77

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    Well 4 years in the service shooting w/o hearing protection early years in the PD never wore hearing protection it wasn't till later that they realized it affected our hearing but by then damage had been done I have hearing aides now I don't wear them when I go to the range or hunting but use hearing protection doing both Take it from me it doesn't take much to affect your hearing teach your children the need to wear hearing protection even doing things like using a power lawn mower etc.
     
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  25. PeteH

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    Got a pair for the GF and me. They work very well, we're quite pleased. Still double up for the AR.
     
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