Shooting and Hearing Aids

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    Shooting and Hearing Aids

    Well, my wife has moved to that stage in life where using a bit of electronic aid to hear has become a reality. For others who wear hearing aids, when you go to the range, do you keep them on under muffs or remove them? It seems to me that removing them would be the best alternative, but then I don't wear hearing aids.

    Side note - she did ask that I go to the appointment with her and I asked about electronic in the ear noise attenuation devices - I am getting a pair of those so I don't have to wear muffs. I am pretty stoked about that - especially at 3 or 4 day classes. Muffs are just a PITA.
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    I've been wearing hearing aids for almost 15 years. When shooting, I wear high quality ear plugs and high quality ear muffs. Don't want to lose the hearing ability that I have left.

    It does make it difficult to hear range commands but I always check in with the range officer if there is one.
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    I have been wearing hearing aids for a number of years, and I take them out and leave at home, when I go to range. I also don't want to lose what little hearing I have left.
    I often wondered how they would affect my follow up shots in a SD if I am wearing them with no ear muffs. Hope I don't have to find out.
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    I'd still wear muffs - they protect you from sound vibrations that don't go directly through the ear canal. Also, no matter how good the plugs are they still don't get gunfire (140 to 190db) down to a safe range by themselves - only to ~110 db, still enough to do damage which starts at 85db.

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    I wear hearing aids. If I change the ear pieces to ones that are made of foam and work like foam ear plugs, I can leave the hearing aids on and they work just like electronic in the ear noise attenuation devices. They automatically shut off the sound if the sound is too great, and they work just like they normally would under normal sound conditions.

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    Lets throw something else into the mix what about public incident do you take time to take them out, turn one off or excuse the pun bite the bullet and worry about it later ? The reason I say this is I am right on the verge of getting a pair and I have thought on the subject long and hard and I have made up my mind.

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    I wear hearing aids and take them out and leave them in the car when I get to the range, then I put in foam ear plugs and then muffs over the ears. I do not want to lose any more of my hearing and not wearing muffs will let the bone transfer noise to the ear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvMyPX4 View Post
    I have been wearing hearing aids for a number of years, and I take them out and leave at home, when I go to range. I also don't want to lose what little hearing I have left.
    I often wondered how they would affect my follow up shots in a SD if I am wearing them with no ear muffs. Hope I don't have to find out.
    I am in the process of getting hearing aids. I don't intend to wear them while shooting. As to a defensive shooting? I hope neither of us ever find out.
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    When I got my hearing aids I was told that they would shut down if a loud noise came in. I still leave them at home when I go shooting.

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    The reason I don't trust electronic ear muffs or wearing hearing aids even with muffs on is that I know the hearing aids shut down as it detects the loud noise. But the bang is traveling at the speed of sound and will hit your eardrum and your hearing aid at the same time. So, your eardrum takes the Uber high sound vibrations for the time it takes the algorithm in the hearing aids to detect, process, and clamp the sound. This may only be a dozen or so microseconds, but it is still time to slightly damage your ears.
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