Shooting Ear Plugs

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Shooting ear plugs should not be overlooked by anyone looking to take up hunting or target shooting as a hobby. Target shooting ranges ring with the sounds of gunshots going off every few seconds. Custom ear plugs or some other form of ear hearing protection should be worn at all times.

At arm's length, the concussive force of the sound of a handgun firing averages at 150 dB for a low-powered handgun. You may have noticed gunfights in movies where a policeman squeezes off a few rounds right next to his partner's head. In reality, without the safety of shooting ear plugs, the policeman would easily deafen his partner, causing a sustained ringing in the ears, and possibly even long term damage, if not destroying his partners inner ear mechanisms altogether.

It is regularly agreed upon that any burst of noise about 140 dB can cause hearing damage. While most suppressors bring gunshot noise below 140 dB, repeated exposure to any loud noise (including suppressed gunfire) can be damaging to the ears. If sport shooting is something you enjoy, be sure to do everything you can to protect your hearing.

Varieties of Hunting and Shooting Ear Plugs

There are many varieties of ear protection for hunters available. Most are small, easy to carry, and easy to replace. Even hardware stores carry ear protection, and the bright orange color of industrial ear plugs can come in handy if dropped on the forest floor.


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