Keeping your Hearing Safe while Shooting

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 | 0 comments

While guns are usually associated with violence, injury, sometimes even death, it is very surprising that target shooting and hunting are among the sports with lowest occurrences of injury in the country. These sports are far safer than other more common sports, such as basketball and running. However, no sports activity is totally risk-free. In fact, one of the dangers shooters are exposed to is impaired hearing.

The sound of gunfire can be way beyond our ears’ threshold of pain, which means a short exposure to it may cause ear damage that could be irreversible. However, this doesn’t mean that you can never enjoy these sports. Here are some simple steps in protecting your ears while on a shooting range:

Use ear protection

Ear protections range from simple ear plugs to sophisticated electronic ear muffs. These are effective in significantly reducing the noise level down to what your ears can handle safely. Ear muffs could be your best option when in an indoor shooting range, although you would prefer wearing ear plugs when hunting outdoors.

Learn about suppressors

Suppressors, sometimes called silencers, are gun equipment mounted onto the barrel to reduce gunfire sound. Although suppressors are commonly sold as a separate piece, Suppressed Weapon Systems found a way to integrate suppressors to barrels so that they will be one piece. Suppressors are great in reducing the risk of hearing damage, and are a perfect hunting partner, too.

If you are currently into the sports of target shooting or hunting and have been experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it is wise to consult with a healthcare professional right away for prompt diagnosis and treatment:

  • Ringing in the ear
  • Ear pain
  • Ear irritation
  • Pus coming out from the ear
  • Muffled hearing
  • Trouble hearing what other people say
  • Listening to radio/TV louder than usual

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