As is the case with most new experiences, it can take some time for someone who has recently suffered from hearing loss to adjust to wearing hearing aids during day-to-day activities. This adjustment period can be especially challenging if the person wearing the hearing aids enjoys hunting or shooting firearms recreationally.
The Impact of Firearm Noise on Hearing
It’s no secret that shooting firearms or being around firearm noise without proper ear protection can result in serious damage to your ears’ internal structures, as well as permanent hearing loss. In fact, even a small firearm can easily produce sounds of 140 dB or more, and larger guns or rifles can exceed 160 dB. Those who shoot firearms without ear protection are more prone to hearing loss, especially loss of high-frequency sounds. Tinnitus (ringing of the ears) is another common issue in those who shoot firearms without proper protection such as earmuffs or earplugs.
Protect Your Ears While Shooting with a Hearing Aid
If you already wear a hearing aid, you may be wondering how to properly protect your ears while shooting. Won’t your hearing aid only amplify the loud noises? Is it possible to safely wear a hearing aid and earmuffs at the same time? These are all common questions, and the answers ultimately depend on the type of hearing aid and ear protection you have.
A convenient and safe way to protect your ears while shooting is by investing in a pair of electronic hearing protective devices. These can fit over your ears comfortably while you’re around firearms and can essentially filter noises so that soft sounds around you (like a nearby conversation) are still amplified, while the loud booms coming from firearms are reduced to a safer level.
The fit of hearing protection is the most critical part of the process of protecting the ears. Hearing professionals can assist in the selection, fitting and evaluation of hearing protection.
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