Originally Posted by txpossum
After years and years of shooting, mostly without hearing protection, my wife says that I'm getting hard of hearing. I think it's more a situation of being hard of listening.
These are in the nightstand. They allow hearing but are designed to attenuate only loud noise. And the louder the more they are dampened. These let your ears breath and are comfy as well as hard to see. These are not
meant to replace solid plugs or big headphones, only mitigate sounds -- to me that includes potentially shooting indoors or around the house (or anywhere for that matter) in a HD situation. Every time you hear a sound that hurts, especially if you hear ringing, you have done permanent damage to your hearing. Here's how I know...
My left ear's hearing is a little dampened from small arms fire on a military academy range. Damned bit was it wasn't my own gun and it was from a position noticebly forward of me. Anyway, I want to help prevent more damage. These kinds of plugs help but the older versions someone made I learned did not work as well as they said and were not great for long term, loud, use.
You see, the day we started the air offensive in Iraq I was on an indoor range. When I saw an attack had started I left and was entering a base w/an MP asking me a question. After the third time I had to get out of the car and say to her "sweetie (OK, I guess I was a sexist), I'm not being difficult -- I can't hear a word you're saying." That was a half hour later and I hadn't realized the extent of the issue till I spoke with someone for the first time.
I had been using pass-thru plugs and firing progressively bigger guns and did not notice the increasing volume. Permanent loss was rather limited to a narrow frequency, thank goodness, but I did have tinia from that point on.
Protect your ears including in and around your home. These are not cheap but have a special niche and a pair is around at home and GHB's at all time.