Shooting is a fun recreational sport that teaches the importance of discipline, respect and safety. Whether you are taking your rifle to the range to adjust its sights or sharpen up on your pistol skills, wearing proper ear protection is always a must when it comes to safety at the shooting range. Shooting firearms has become a very popular and enjoyable activity across the country; however it is also an activity that subjects its participants to noise levels intense enough to cause permanent hearing loss, unless of course the proper precautions are taken by each individual shooter.
Shooting Hearing Protection
Some guns are much louder than others, and you may have the thought that hearing protection is not all that important if you are only shooting your .22 rifle but this is not true at all. The repetitiveness of a lower frequency noise from a firearm will still cause damage to your ear drum over time. Whether you are shooting a .22 rifle or a larger firearm that produces a much louder noise like an AR 50, your ears need appropriate protection to prevent permanent ear damage. Many shooters believe that ear damage only slowly softens the sounds that are heard, but this is not true. Loud repetitive noises will punch holes in your ear drum that creates gaps on your hearing levels, making some noises very clear on certain frequencies and others not heard at all.
Shooting Range Ear Plugs, Bands, Headsets, Muffs
There are a few different options to choose from when it comes to properly protecting your ears at the gun range. Disposable foam ear plugs are made from materials that are designed to conform to the shape of your ear. These should be thrown out after one use. Reusable ear plugs are made from a more durable material, like silicone and rubber. High quality reusable ear plugs can be washed and used several times before they deteriorate. Hearing bands are another type of ear protection that is sometimes also called canal caps. These canal caps are reusable ear plugs that are affixed to a plastic band that wraps around the neck or head. Earmuffs are used to muffle and block out noise by completely covering the outer ear. Most of these are adjustable to fit any size head and can be quite comfortable with the right amount of padding around the ear. Electronic headsets are wired to block out impulsive noises, making it easy to hear the person speaking next to you, but at the same time blocking out the loud noise of a shot gun. They are often called noise canceling headsets because they counteract the noises coming from outside.
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Before you head out to the gun range for a good time, make sure that you have the proper ear protection that works best for you. Do your research and find the best type of ear protection that makes you feel comfortable at the range. Protect your ears and prevent any type of permanent ear damage by always wearing appropriate ear protection when you go shooting. If you have questions regarding what type of ear protection is best for you, contact Shooting Range Industries today.