Ever return from a day at the range or hunting to find your ears are ringing from sounds that you’re faced with when engaging in shooting activities? The effects can last for hours, days or even weeks and in worst case scenarios, longer still. That is why it is important to use protective devices to safeguard your hearing and ensure you’re ears aren’t ringing when you arrive back home!
Arguably, the most effective hearing protection available today is an electronic hearing device that is easy to use and is comfortable. The biggest benefit to an electronic hearing device is that it filters out noises such as a rifle blast while allowing low decibel sounds safe passage.
These devices allow sounds up to 25 decibels to transmit through to your ears, and block out noises exceeding 82 decibels. Not only do these devices preserve your hearing, they offer the added benefit of amplifying faint sounds which many hunters find useful a field. Another possible benefit may be that these devices may help you if you’re one of the millions who suffer from low level hearing loss.
The experienced hunter understands the sense of hearing must be in top order to be alert to what’s going on around them.
Many types of hearing devices are available today from foam ear plugs, to electronic headphones, to noise-canceling phones, to molded ear plugs, etc…. There is a variety of devices to choose from and thorough research should be conducted before making your purchase. Many shooting ranges offer free hearing protection to range users [must be returned at the end of your shooting session]. This is the perfect time to test different devices regarding fit, functionality, comfort, etc… and what better place to test-drive a potential purchase.
In closing, hearing protection, similar to eye protection, is essential gear and must be seriously considered. These safety devices are relatively inexpensive and worth looking into.