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Reply #60 - Sep 26th, 2016 at 5:14am
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very interesting and some good reading there, would also be keen  if we were to do a bulk order to get them at a lower price, ear plugs with a cord to tie onto scope would be good
  

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Reply #61 - Dec 8th, 2016 at 4:42am
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i have been building pro sound equipment most of my working life and trust me hearing protection while shooting is a must. a firearm has a sharp attack and slow decay type of waveform so its like your eardrum is being quickly compressed and then slowly released. its more than a question of dB its the way the eardrum is shocked. this is why people who play the violin will go deaf quicker than people who play the piano harp etc. the eardrum responds well to nice sounds that let it move in and out in a smooth motion and firearms dont do this.
  
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Reply #62 - Dec 8th, 2016 at 9:05am
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Onset/decay asymmetry is actually an irrelevant variable in damage/risk criteria. It is simply the peak SPL when it comes to small arms damage and obviously the number of repetitions that determine the risk of hearing loss.

The middle ear (including eardrum) isn't at issue- it's the sound energy reaching the cochlea that matters.
  
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Reply #63 - Dec 19th, 2016 at 12:24am
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Over here in the UK pretty much everyone now wears hearing protection.  On the range it is compulsory.  Only exception is when out hunting using a sound moderator.   It is true, a single rifle shot can permanently damage your hearing.  It is not big or clever not to use hearing protection.  Try Peltor Sportac ear defenders. Excellent
  
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Reply #64 - Nov 14th, 2017 at 8:40am
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I wear Peltor sport tac earmuffs when hunting (always bush). They are really comfortable to wear. They have an amplification level of up to 11% but when hunting I use about 8% as you get wind noise above that, No bastard can get near me without me hearing them coming and no deer gets away as I heard them first. They cut any sound over 50 decibles like gun shots.
  
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Reply #65 - Dec 14th, 2017 at 7:07pm
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50 decibels is actually a soft speech level. 11% loudness increase is about 2dB and barely discernible, and if you're talking sound pressure level or even intensity, 11% is still bugger-all.

The peak SPL values we're talking with firearms start to really matter over 140 peak SPL with big bangers/brakes often producing over 170dB, ie instantaneous permanent damage to hearing.

  
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Reply #66 - Mar 23rd, 2019 at 11:30pm
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Having just read right through this thread, I've a lot to think about. I'm quite deaf in my left ear & down a bit in my right. I've always worn ear protection when range shooting but not when bush shooting in my younger days (I haven't shot an animal in 24 years & I'm nudging 64). I attribute my left hearing loss partially to range shooting during cadet week at college with .303s, no hearing protection in site, even dunny paper or cotton wool.  Embarrassed  In my early twenties, I drove trucks with some pretty noisy motors immediately to my left, mainly oldish Leylands & AECs, & invariably an open window to my right. Tinnitus began to kick in in my late 30s & now its with me all the time with its whistles, clicks & hums. I'm lucky in that I can ignore it & it doesn't bother me too much. My left hearing loss has made 30 years of shift work easier rather than not, after night shift I put my better ear in the pillow & hear nothing, so not all bad. I did get tested by Bay Audiology & tried (briefly, about 5 minutes) with a hearing aid in my right ear & a wireless gismo to transmit sound from my left to my right. It all sounded quite nice but more than I could afford. I've been told by our industrial nurse to get back & get tested by someone else & get plugged into ACC because my right ear is diminishing a bit now too, though I was told my hearing loss was not industrial pattern, though it was never explained why to me, because different in both ears or something else, I'll need to find out? I fancy some of the Huntingandfishing variable ear plugs, I like the flanged kind, the squeeze up ones are a bugger to get in my left ear, it seems to have a weird shape. Sorry to ramble on, & thanks for a bloody useful thread, wish I'd read it ages ago, its helped to clarify my thinking somewhat.
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Re: Hearing protection and Firearms
Reply #67 - Mar 29th, 2019 at 4:30pm
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I went & saw the hearing dude today, seems I'd been told right, left ear not industrial (or shooting) too big a difference, so maybe some trauma or illness when I was younger, oh well, time to see what a hearing aid with a cross over gizmo for the left ear comes too.  Undecided
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