.357 magnum and hearing loss,is this a myth?

.357 magnum and hearing loss,is this a myth?

This is a discussion on .357 magnum and hearing loss,is this a myth? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I was wondering if a .357 magnum revolver(in this case a Ruger SP101 2 1/2in.) and loaded with a "medium" .357 load like 125gr Remington ...

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    .357 magnum and hearing loss,is this a myth?

    I was wondering if a .357 magnum revolver(in this case a Ruger SP101 2 1/2in.) and loaded with a "medium" .357 load like 125gr Remington Golden sabers,would cause permanent hearing loss/damage if ever needed indoors for self defense? I've heard people say this often but does anyone here know of anyone who's suffered deafness/hearing damage from using a .357 magnum defensively indoors?

    I've been keeping said gun loaded with .38special +p 158gr LSWC HP's in my house for this reason. I'm also a bit concerned about over penetration as well. Thanks for any and all info on this.


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    Any firearm that has a level of sound above 80db causes some permanant damage to the hearing. over time one can lose their hearing completely if they do not wear hearing protection. The louder the sound the more damage is done. Few people wore hearing protection when I was learning to shoot. My hearing is really bad, partly from shooting and partly from listening to loud Rock music. It would be best to err on the side of caution and use hearing protection whenever possible. Of course I would rather be deaf then dead. In a case of self defence you probably will not have time to grab hearing protection.
    I would say wear hearing protection whenever you can and except any hearing loss that happens if you need to use your gun inside.

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    Well that way i have been told is that USUALLY like with hunters, like myself, we dont remember the gun going off when we shoot the deer. The same has been said with shooting in self defence setting. I believe the term is temporary hearing loss stress induced hearing loss, which can be caused by high ammounts of stress in said given situation. Correct me if i am wrong
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    No you aint wrong.

    In many self defense situations some people report that they never heard the shot. Same with hunters.

    With that being said, some veterans that were in long protracted battles are near deaf because of repeated exposure to gunfire. They will tell you that it didnt seem too bad at the time, but the fact remains that it did damage their hearing.

    Always use ear protection when shooting. Always.
    If you ever have to clear leather to protect yourself, hearing will be the least of your problems.
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    "My hearing is really bad, partly from shooting and partly from listening to loud Rock music."

    Me too. Was it the concerts or the stereo speakers set up on either side of the bed? Or the 1000 round .38 Special weekend shooting fests that my cousin and I had along with the campaign firing with the M1 Carbines with a few volleys from the 'O3A3s thrown in? Don't forget the 12 gauges. All accomplished with no hearing protection. We'd never heard of such.

    It's a wonder we can hear at all.



    Yes, the .357 Magnum will do damage. I fired one out of a pickup window at a 'possum once and lived to regret it.

    I'm less concerned with over penetration than I am with adequate penetration. It depends to some extent on ones domicile and it's construction and layout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post

    If you ever have to clear leather to protect yourself, hearing will be the least of your problems.
    Great point. I am definatly willing to take hearing loss to defend myself. Oh and HotGuns next time could you please speak up i couldnt hear you. Sorry couldnt help myself
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    Always use ear protection when shooting. Always.
    If you ever have to clear leather to protect yourself, hearing will be the least of your problems.
    Mr. HotGuns has it right.

    I wear plugs with muffs over that when I'm shooting at the Range. Today I fired over 150 Rounds of Remington 125 Grain SJHP's out of my 3" GP100 and 2 1/4" SP101. I'm protecting what little hearing I have left, and yes, shooting without hearing protection does damage your hearing to some degree, but death is worse.

    It's better to be alive and deaf than dead.

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    I can tell you that occasional 357 use outside without hearing protection will definitely degrade the usefulness of your ears.
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    I work with an ENT (ears, nose and throat) surgeon and he stress that you should always wear ear muffs when shooting. He states that the mastoid bone needs to be covered because it transmits the vibration to your inner ear causing damage also. I use plugs and muffs when ever I am shooting, just to play it safe.
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    Take care of your ears folks. You don't want to end up with shooting related Tinnitus which is what I have.
    Hearing loss is cumulative.
    Wear hearing protection all the time so that you'll have a bit of playing room in the rare instance when you must use your firearm to save your bacon without ear protection.
    Tinnitus is no joke and you'll reach a point where your ears start ringing and it does not go away...ever.

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    I'll start by saying that I have a slight ringing in my ears already (I'm only 31) from shooting firearms while hunting a lot. Yes, my fault. Now let me tell you this that happened about 4 years ago: I don't go to a range as I can shoot in my backyard. I had just put a Burris Speedot on my Ruger Super Redhawk in .44 Magnum (9 1/2 barrel) and was sighting it in with some Buffalo Bore ammo for deer season. I had sent the revolver away about a year before and had it MagnaPorted. For some reason, for one shot I had taken my muffs off and had forgotten to put them back on (must have been so engrosed in adjusting the sight). Let me tell you that when I shot that revolver my ears actually HURT. My ears rang loudly for about 3 days afterwards (and ached for a full day) and I was seriously worried about what I had done. A ported firearm is just another creature when it comes to noise level. They do certainly help reduce recoil but let me tell you that this old boy will never have another ported handgun. That recoil may "bite" me for a second but at least it won't keep biting days later (or maybe permanently).
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    ""Take care of your ears folks. You don't want to end up with shooting related Tinnitus which is what I have.""

    I also live with the everpresent whistling tea kettle.

    Now even a .22 will go through my head like an ice pick.

    It's plugs and muffs for me especially when in an indoor range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qkshooter View Post
    take care of your ears folks. Hearing loss is cumulative...
    and PERMANENT!!!

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    I do not believe you will suffer permanent hearing loss from defensive shooting unless you spend time in combat as I did. As everyone else has said hearing protection is a must for range shooting whether indoors or out. My combat tour in Viet Nam has left me with permanent hearing loss and ringing in my ears. Back then we did not have hearing protection for use in combat like they do not. Protect what you have because once it is gone you can never get it back.

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    If your going to the range to practice use hearing protection. Best option is plugs and muffs, next best just muffs. Everyone over time suffers hearing loss to some degree, one of those things that happens with getting old, just like your eye sight beginning to go.

    As to hearing loss from firing a .357 in a defensive situation, inside your home. Yes, you will suffer some, just as you will suffer some if your using .38 special, .40 cal, or any other caliber. The amount of loss would only be detectable with hearing test. One taken before and one after. You would not notice the loss in normal everyday situations, such as conversation and ability to hear surrounding noises.
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