This is a discussion on Defensive shooting and hearing loss. within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Grew up around and driving tractors with no hearing protection. Shot numerous coyotes, Antelope, deer, elk and water fowl with no protection. I imagine I ...
Grew up around and driving tractors with no hearing protection. Shot numerous coyotes, Antelope, deer, elk and water fowl with no protection. I imagine I have hearing damage but don't notice it yet. I do get a ringing in my ears after some shots and always try to remember my hearing protection while out.
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CC true story but a couple of my horses have been shot off of so they may have hearing damage too.
I've had people buy horses from me asking if they could shoot off of it. I always tell them well you can for sure once.
I developed Tinnitus in one ear three years ago. Indoor range shooting, while wearing custom made ear protection plugs. Sorry to say, there is no cure for Tinnitus. The doctor recommended No-Flush Niacim. Sold in most health food store, taken as a suppliment. Sad to say nothing works. I have a loss of hearing in that ear, so I wear hearing aids. The hearing aids help mask the ringing in my ear during the day, as everyone with Tinnitus has experienced, it becomes loudest at night when you're trying to fall asleep.
My weapons of choice are SigP220 .45 HK .45 and S&W Model 457 .45ACP
Most people as they progress into their 40s will be shocked at the results of a hearing test. If you went to a bunch of rock concerts/clubs etc during teens and twenties wo ear protection, you have probably damaged your ears. It is normally high frequency response that goes. Not wearing ear protection while shooting will make matters worse. Maybe not immediately that you can tell, but over time and as you age, it will be worse than it would have been.
That is why there is that smartphone app called, 'annoy a teenager'. It puts out a high pitched whine that parents can't hear, but kids and dogs can. Teenage girls have the best hearing response as a group.
Back on topic, don't know if a few shots without hears will always cause permanent damage or if it's dependent upon person and situation.
I have been to many concerts and heard many loud noises, but none compare to when I fire my .41 revolver. It causes ringing if I do not wear hearing protection that comes and goes for several days. I make sure to never fire it now if I do not have ear plugs in. I would think that just several occasions where such a weapon was fired (especially in a closed environment), could cause irreversible damage to your hearing.
Weapon cal. : .45acp
# shots fired: 8
Did you experience auditory exclusion?: Yes
After the adrenaline rush did you experience deafness?: No, but the ringing lasted hours.
And finally did you suffer permanent hearing loss as a result? No, and my hearing gets checked by the army once a year. the results always say my hearing is fine.
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To relieve ear pain or discomfort, first try to open the Eustachian tube and relieve the pressure. Ear infections are common in infants and children, because the Eustachian tubes become easily clogged.
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Weapon caliber: .357 magnum
Number of shots fired: 1 (at a copperhead)
Did you experience auditory exclusion? Yes
After the adrenalin rush did you experience deafness? No, but the sound was muffled in both ears for a little while
And finally did you suffer permanent hearing loss as a result ? don't think so
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The OP was posted in 2010? C'mon now..............get off it. I have no need for hearing since I've been here.
For me personally, my ears are very sensitative when target shooting without hearing protection, you know when you take your ear plugs out and forget to put them back in. However when hunting, it's either with a 3006, muzzleloader, or 12 gauge. I never wear hearing protection and when that elk steps out, I never seem to have problems after the shot or even think it was loud at all. I think the body has a natural mechanism that blocks it out when the adrenaline starts going.
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