Hearing loss

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    I started shooting early on with .22 and some other cartidge loads, as well as some black powder. All with out hearing protection. Went in to the Navy and still had better than average hearing. Yet after only two years I have a ringing in my ears so loud I'm suprised you can't hear it.

    Now, I will only shoot with out ears in a desperate situation.

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    If I Was Claiming...

    "I shot in self-defense, I feared for my life!"? Would it look bad if I still had on my electronic muffs? Just a question...

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    Don't worry about you won't remember hearing the shots. It is a nuture defense your ear drums will relax in times of stress which will cause auditory exclusion reducing your ability to hear. You will also remember everything in slow motion (time compression) and experience tunnel vision. The reason it hurt at the range was you were not in a stressfull situation at the time.

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    I have tinnitus from my time in the Army, of course they say I don't, but If I try to sleep with out the fan on..... *sigh* oh well.

    I have a hole in an ear drum as well. I know what ear drops taste like after you put them in your ears...

    Loud = Bad

    You do not want to be where I am with your hearing. I have shot many guns, some with ear protection some with out. Didn't really bother me at the time, but the damage was cumulitive. What did me in was the training hand grenade that "killed" me.... way too close to my head....it was 14 years ago and I still have a headache....
    There are 2 types of people, victims and the prepared. I choose to be prepared....

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    Hey, where can you get the "electronic ear plugs". I have a set of noise cancelling stereo headphones, but have not seen the ear plugs/muffs.
    There are 2 types of people, victims and the prepared. I choose to be prepared....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotammo View Post
    Don't worry about you won't remember hearing the shots. It is a nuture defense your ear drums will relax in times of stress which will cause auditory exclusion reducing your ability to hear. You will also remember everything in slow motion (time compression) and experience tunnel vision. The reason it hurt at the range was you were not in a stressfull situation at the time.
    I can vouch for the tunnel vision and slow motion. I didn't (I don't think) have the auditory exclusion, but then I didn't have to fire. The BG dropped his knife as I was taking the slack out of the trigger. He was about a mm away from having a very bad night.
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    http://www.topglock.com/catalog/rangegear.htm is one online store. I am sure alot of shooting accessories &gun stores carry them. All the ones I found online and locally run around $80. I haven't tried them yet, but they are on my Christmas list.

    Hope this helps.

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    I just bought a set of Caldwell's for an extra set for $26.00 I think it was at my local Gateway Outfitters. The Caldwells are all you need and do the job as good as the others.

    This is all you need right here. http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...eitemid=142725


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    Just like timothius I have severe tinnitus caused by 20 years (over 10,000 hours flying time) in various Air Force aircraft. Unlike commercial aircraft the military doesn't waste money on soundproofing its airplanes. In addition to the tinnitus, my total hearing has sustained considerable loss. My wife says that my favorite words are: "What?" and "Huh?" For the first few years after the tinnitus started I was like timothius in that I thought the constant ringing was going to drive me insane. I have slowly adjusted to it, but it never goes away. So, my advice to anyone out there who thinks hearing protection is overrated, I would strongly suggest you reconsider. Although I never really considered hearing protection in the event of a self defense shooting in the home, I think I will now take a close look at TI Carry's suggestion. I still try to conserve what hearing I have left by donning my ear muffs before entering the firing range on each and every visit.

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    I've lost some of my hearing working around noisy machinery. you need to wear ear protection when around guns being discharged. The foam ear plugs are no substitude for a good set of muffs.

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    Surprising how much sound is absorbed when firing indoors, depending on the room, etc...

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    An actual emergency is the only time not to use hearing protection

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    Huh????
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    The first time i took out an old 870 with a 18 barrel and shot it i was def for almost 2 days. I hadforgot my ear muffs and really wanted to try the new barrel out. Big mistake! i keep a cheap set of ear plus in the jeep now just in case.

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    Yes, a firearm blast at close range is loud with unprotected ears. Did this once to see what it was like. I don't ever want to experience that again. Won't do it again unless forced in self-defense.

    Worth considering above and beyond any need to fire? Nope. Accept that and move on. You'll be alive. That IS what counts.
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