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Old 07-09-2010, 06:11 AM   #51
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I have taken the muffs off with a few handgun calibers,and man are handguns loud.The .22lr is somewhat tolerable,and a couple of shots with a .38 isn't too bad,but don't do it with a .357 or anything like that!you will be sorry when your ear is numb 3 hours later.
Yeah it's 'compulsory' to wear ear protection at my range, but for some strange reason no one uses it shooting metallic silhouette .22

Electronic muffs all the way for me - due to going deaf at age 6 with an late-detected ear infection, after the operation I was left with 65-yr old's hearing the rest of my life. Electronic muffs are awesome - like a hearing aid for normal speech (can even hear the RO! lol) but block out gunshots. Brilliant!


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you can probably get away with it a few times... but i dont recommend it... in my early days, i used to shoot a bit, had a really loud stereo system and go to concerts without protection thinking... "meh sure i cant hear for a few days, but it clears up!" now 32 years of age, i can tell i dont hear as great... im not deaf by any means, i can hear people on the phone normally.... but put me in a room with no noise whatsoever.... and i hear a ringing constantly. go on amazon.com or something your comfortable with, and buy even a $20 set of good ear plugs and keep em for years and years.... overall it is WELL worth it!

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hearing loss can not be reversed, period. every loud noise reduces your hearing perminately, as in forever.

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What kind of maintenance is recommended for ear muffs? Are the foam ear pads in need of replacement often? I've seen them ranging in price from less than $10 to over $100, so I'm a little confused. Needless to say I have always used ear plugs, usually the foam type. Well, always meaning since I've been old enough to know I should use something.

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I can only imagine (because I shoot with ear plugs AND muffs) the intensity to a critical situation in self defense mode that is added by a handgun round, say, in a hallway or something. I'm assuming the adrenaline will cover some of that. But the muzzle flash PLUS the sound of 2 or 3 shots PLUS "Why is there a scary guy in my home coming at me?"

I hope to never find out.

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What kind of maintenance is recommended for ear muffs? Are the foam ear pads in need of replacement often? I've seen them ranging in price from less than $10 to over $100, so I'm a little confused. Needless to say I have always used ear plugs, usually the foam type. Well, always meaning since I've been old enough to know I should use something.
I have never had to nor have I heard of anyone having to replace the foam.

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I can only imagine (because I shoot with ear plugs AND muffs) the intensity to a critical situation in self defense mode that is added by a handgun round, say, in a hallway or something. I'm assuming the adrenaline will cover some of that. But the muzzle flash PLUS the sound of 2 or 3 shots PLUS "Why is there a scary guy in my home coming at me?"

I hope to never find out.
Ive shot unprotected in indoor ranges and fully regret it.
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Simple better to be safe than sorry.

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I don't wear ear protection while hunting, other than that, all other shooting I do I use yellow foam plugs I grab from work. What are your guys opinions on the Game Ear hearing protection I know they're pricey, that would be your best bet for overall protection that deadens the shot and you can still hear people talk with them on.

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Do it or go def. How hard is that to get out of this whole thread?

EVEN ONE SHOT will affect your hearing FOREVER meaning TILL THE DAY YOU DIE.

Get the game ears get the westone hunter molds where you can hear people talk but they close off when you shoot. They make plugs and muffs that do that stuff.

For my kids I make them wear plugs and muffs. I have to yell but that is ok I am used to it. I would rather go horse then have them lose hearing.

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Do it or go def. How hard is that to get out of this whole thread?

EVEN ONE SHOT will affect your hearing FOREVER meaning TILL THE DAY YOU DIE.

Get the game ears get the westone hunter molds where you can hear people talk but they close off when you shoot. They make plugs and muffs that do that stuff.

For my kids I make them wear plugs and muffs. I have to yell but that is ok I am used to it. I would rather go horse then have them lose hearing.
Im alread havnig my 2 y/o son wear ear pro around the house to get him used to it.
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