Anybody fired off a round w/o hearing protection?

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    As a kid all the time. No one used ear protection of any kind in the 60s. I do remember ringing in the ears after sometimes.


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    Yep, I have. From .22 to .50 BMG and a lotta different ones in between!


    My hearing is fine according to all the hearing tests I've taken. My wife doesn't believe them....

    Actually, according to the Army my hearing improved during the time I was deployed to Afghanistan and shot a lot of guns without hearing protection
    I think they may have been rigged to avoid having to pay everyone disability for being half deaf....

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    many mango seasons ago i did. but in the 80's there was a push to wear 'ears".
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkykb View Post
    Yep, I have. From .22 to .50 BMG and a lotta different ones in between!


    My hearing is fine according to all the hearing tests I've taken. My wife doesn't believe them....

    Actually, according to the Army my hearing improved during the time I was deployed to Afghanistan and shot a lot of guns without hearing protection
    I think they may have been rigged to avoid having to pay everyone disability for being half deaf....
    I believe it, I got the same issues in both knees (even says so on paper) I only get paid for one, lol

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    i once fired s&w 460 indoors without hearing protection. lets just say i won't be doing that again.

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    I was around when a ND went off. The ringing sound was just like in the movies/video games. I think I may have suffered a little hearing loss in my left ear, too.
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    I was standing next to a guy when he fired a black powder rifle, needless to say I'll be wearing my ears next time. It woke me up a bit.
    Other than that, I've fired shotguns and pistols without ears, I couldn't hear anything else for the rest of the day.

    When I go shooting I have my electronic ears on all the time, except for my .22, it actually makes it worse because it amplifies the echo. I don't think it reaches the dB limit to block it out.

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    Sure, all the time. I avoid it if possible, but when I used to guide guys would bring their 340 Weatherbys, complete with brakes.

    I hate brakes.

    I don't hear so well anymore.

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    I did it a lot when I was younger. As an adult I was only dumb enough to do it one time firing my brother-in-law's .44 magnum revolver. Bad move. I literally felt the shock wave hit my ear drum and my left ear rang for months and I couldn't hear as clearly out of it for months after. I could hear people talk but not make out details. Now I always wear protection.

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    Lotsa times. Outside I don't like ear stuff...in the range indoors it can get pretty loud.

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    Sure, it happens. I walked into an indoor range once and forgot the ears. PAINFUL!! If you guys continue to shoot without hearing protection you WILL suffer hearing loss. Please put on the ears!
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    As it will cause hearing loss I don't advise it.

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    Yes, when hunting (mostly shotguns or .22 rifle), never seemed to bother me. I've done it three times over almost 30 years accidentally at the range under a covered firing line, ears did ring for about 3 days. The tin roof made it seem much louder.

    I already have hearing loss and tinnitus from an antibiotic taken to treat a rare bacterial infection, known side affect was tinnitus and hearing loss. Now, when I'm on the rifle range and I know someone is shooting a 7 mag or something similar close by, I use foam plugs plus muffs.
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    Let's see, I started shooting at about 6 and we shot everything from .22s to deer rifles and shotguns regularly, and I used hearing protection for the first time at maybe 45. My hearing is within the normal range at 59 years old.

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