Tinnitus and Shooting Protection

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    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.

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    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 -
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    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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    I use plugs or muffs, but mostly muffs. I never shoot inside and I think that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    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.
    Forty two years for me. Muffs and plugs.
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    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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