Skip to comments.Shotguns and hearing loss
Posted on 01/27/2012 1:28:07 PM PST by olepap
I like shooting skeet, 5-stand, and sporting clays. Unfortunately, my hearing is deteriorating, especially in my left ear. I can now barely hear women and small children. My wife is encouraging me to get hearing aids so I can better understand her instructions.
I am now using foam inserts and cheap noise canceling headphones when I shoot. I wonder if shooting is going to make my hearing even worse. I would hate to give it up.
If anybody has any experience on the topic, I would like to 'hear' about it.
That is good procedure, I'd keep it up.
My wife is encouraging me to get hearing aids so I can better understand her instructions.
You should use the foam inserts and cheap noise canceling headphones when she does this.
I doubt the noise-canceling headphones will do much to protect you. Properly-inserted foam inserts or quality over-the-ear protection should do the job though.
Shotguns expose you to 150-160 decibels. That is far beyond what you should ever be exposed to without protection. Spend a few bucks to preserve what you have left of your hearing.
I can assure you are the red zone for increasing troubles. Unfortunately, gun shooting has caused 40% hearing loss in one son, and 70% loss in the hubby. There are some quality muffs out there $30.00 range as I’m sure you know, but with severe loss it is always a continuing risk.
Let me admit, the hubby was damaged from an indoor range with me and had his muffs off to speak to me when the shot rang off from the next platform. His hearing aides, ear plugs he calls them, have been of no real help since. We are in quite a fix and I am concerned for your risk even with good ear equipment, but it better be the best money can buy. Hope you are well and stay that way. Rita.
” I can now barely hear women and small children.”
It’s just too easy...
You lucky guy!! Keep shooting!!
What ever you do, don’t let them know that we can actually hear every word they say. It took years for me to get my wife to think that I was hard of hearing and didn’t hear her instructions! Shhhhhhh!
If you have any concern, always double up your hearing protection like you are doing now. The fact is, any loud noise is going to damage and/or wear out your ear drums.
May I add that I use ear plugs AND muffs, the best money can buy on both counts, for what I could find at the time.
Cabello’s is it? in Austin and elsewhere. My first trip in there on a vacation. Great place to visit.
Yea I cram the foam plugs deep into the ear canal. Then they swell up and block the sound pretty good.
Also, if it is legal in your State (and you have the $$) check out suppressors for shotguns.
No matter what your hearing is right now, using as much ear protection as you can (I use both the earplugs and muffs) is always a good thing.
The protection won’t restore what has been ruined, but it’ll surely keep things from getting worse - due to the firearms.)
Whoa, that is a nice link. Thanks. Whew!
You don’t know that shotgun blasts will destroy your hearing? Protect yourself man!
You should use as much hearing protection as possible to preserve what hearing you have left.
I didn’t and I have noise-induced high frequency hearing loss with Tinnitus. (ringing in the ears.)
Those Navy guns did a lot of damage, along with all that loud rock-n-roll.
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