Tinnitus and Shooting Protection
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March 31st, 2013 09:38 PM
Tinnitus and Shooting Protection
Well after a recent negligent discharge it appears I have some tinnitus that may be permanent. We'll see. Good news is nobody was injured, the tinnitus is not that bad, and my hearing is actually all within norm, except for a slight drop above 8Khz. I'm already starting my baby steps to tinnitus habituation just in case its permanent. The tinnitus, if permanent, will also be a constant reminder of the four rules...
Question for other shooters with tinnitus: I go to an indoor range, and thus the sound does not attenuate as readily as an outdoor range. I used to use only foam earplugs, but after the T I've decided to double up - use both foam plugs and the ear protectors the range offers. Also, if any shooters come in with excessively loud weapons then I'll just pack it up. I'm staying away from the range for a while as well.
1) Have you found doubling up to be sufficient protection, or have you experienced T aggravation even after doubling up (e.g., perhaps due to "bone conduction?")
2) Do any of you have personally fitted ear plugs? I've seen them offered by vendors at our range from time to time, and if you have any, I'd like to hear your thoughts about them.
Many thanks in advance -
-PEF, a Framer with a Steelie...
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March 31st, 2013 09:55 PM
I have dealt with tinnitus all my adult life, and use regular hearing protection when I shoot. It hasn't gotten any worse since its onset some thirty-five years ago.
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March 31st, 2013 10:11 PM
It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.
March 31st, 2013 10:27 PM
I use plugs or muffs, but mostly muffs. I never shoot inside and I think that helps.
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April 1st, 2013 12:05 AM
Forty two years for me. Muffs and plugs.
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April 1st, 2013 01:54 PM
I've had screaming tinnitus for more years than I can count, brought on by many causes. On an outdoor range I've found that foam plugs work fine for me, but have to double up in an indoor range. If I had mild case or a beginning case, I'd double up for sure as it's no fun listening to ringing and cicada buzzing all day.
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