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avoiding hearing damage

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  1. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

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    Since muffs and plugs cover a broader frequency range than either alone, remember that muffs over plugs provides the greatest hearing protection you can get without a suppressor. Understand that electronic muff don't cancel the noise, they simply cut out the mic/speaker of the muffs as they detect the high intensity impact noise. (Noise canceling muffs like Bose function differently and don't protect from impulse noise).



     

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    Minor correction: under, not over...correct? Many folks I talk with are surprised to find out that nearly all plugs provide a higher NNR than most muffs.
     
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  3. George P

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    But, plugs do not protect the mastoid area around the ear like muffs. That bone picks up the vibrations from the shot and transmits it to your middle/inner ear are. Shotgunning I use muffs; metallic gets plugs and muffs.
     
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    hso Moderator Staff Member

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    Muffs over plugs covers a broader frequency range than either alone.
     
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    Unfortunately that horse has already left the barn for many of us older shooters. I wear hearing aids so plugs are out of the question.
     
  6. George P

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    Then you should be wearing muffs.
     
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    Well I do now all the time. Unfortunately they create their own problems covering the aids. Feed back unless I turn the hearing aids down all the way, then I have problems with range commands. I have a pair of voice amplified shooting muffs, they help. Rimfire and center fire up to target velocity 38s are tolerable with out muffs or hearing aids. But on the range the muffs stay on.
     
  8. film495

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    Always foam earplugs … sometimes I do add muffs over the top, never just the muffs..
     
  9. George P

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    For shotgun only on the clays course, it is muffs only; for metallic where the pressures and reports are louder, it is both.
     
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    I take my hearing aids off when shooting. Then just muffs for smaller guns, like .22 LR. Plugs and muffs for the louder, bigger boomers.
     
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    Plugs and muffs ..... always..... on the range in the service my gunny had us using the cork tips from Raleigh cigarettes..... old school.....crude..... but I still hear well withou hearing aids at 78
     
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    Are you using electronic muffs like the 3M? Without your hearing aids can you turn the electronic muff volume up enough to hear?
     
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    Walkers and yes they Work when I remember to change batteries. Some of my hearing problems at 78 is genetic, service in the engine room of a navy ship in the early sixties some and machine work some, gunfire didn’t help but wasn’t that much except field discharges hunting over the years. It accumulates I guess. It’s gone, not totally but significant.
     
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    Plugs and muffs.

    A question on the subject of ear protection: Because of the eustachian tube connection, should you keep your mouth closed when shooting?
     
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