Select Proper Hearing Protection to Avoid Permanent Hearing Loss

Until you get to experience the pain from your ears, you cannot see the importance of protecting your ears right now while on a shooting range. Some people have ended up with a substantial hearing loss or continuous ringing in the ears because they could not take a moment to find the right hearing protection. If you are new to shooting, you have to always pay attention to the instructions from the trainer about protecting your ears.

The noise hazard

It is common that the sound of gunfire can be heard from far. Just imagine that you are the one firing the gun, the noise would just be overwhelming. It is crucial that you get a way of protecting yourself. It does not have to be the continuous exposure to the gun noise, but a single gunshot can often lead to some temporary hearing loss. It would be accompanied by a humming or hissing noise in the ears.

The different pistols and rifles would have different noise levels, but one thing to note is that they often have a noise level of above 150dB, for example: my .22 caliber rifle noise levels is 130dB. For the human ear, having a noise level of 90dB exposed to the ears for 8 hours could lead to more damage.

Hearing Protection Types

By now, you must be thinking about the best ways you could use in protecting your ears. A number of options exist, so make sure you get to choose the one that works great for your environment and also personal preference.

  1. Electronic noise-canceling protection

This type of hearing protection will have an electronic technology that can be engaged to help reduce the noise to a minimum and not harmful anymore. The whole dampening of the noise happens instantly the moment it is detected to have passed a certain threshold. The best part is that you would still be able to hear what is happening around you unlike when using the earmuffs.

  1. Passive hearing protection

This type would feature other hearing protection such as the earmuffs that come with a cup that would cover the whole ear. The earmuffs come with a headband to hold the cups in place over long periods. As much as they would not be electronic, they help a lot with dampening the gun noise and still be comfortable to wear as compared to the ear plugs.

  1. Passive ear plugs

These are the basic type of hearing protection that you can get for yourself today. You would find them being made of soft plastic or foam so that they can easily get into the ear opening. The work of the plugs is to dampen the noises from the surroundings that your ear might be exposed to. The name passive is used as they do not come with any electronic connection that would be used for dampening the noise.

Considerations for choosing the best hearing protection

  1. The Noise Reduction Rating (NRR)

This is definitely the most important consideration to always consider when looking to buy the best hearing protection. This is what will provide you with effective protection. Depending on the model, you want one that can reduce the noise to 33dB or lower. You would get most of the earplugs having an NRR of 23 to 33dB. Having the lower NRR is something that will drive you to pick the model. The trick is to always compare between the various models to end up with a model that will deliver the best performance each time you get to use them.

  1. The comfort levels

As much as you want to protect your ears from the loud noise, you also have to consider the comfort levels you would be getting from the model. Different manufacturers would try to make the hearing protection to be a great fit for noise reduction, but still comfortable for long wearing sessions. Think of yourself being outdoors hunting for hours, make sure that you get a model that will keep you feeling comfortable or it could turn into unbearable irritation. Keep in mind that some materials could cause allergies or skin reactions. If you have a sensitive skin, keep in mind the type of material used to make the hearing protection.

  1. The appearance

The appearance in this guide is not how they look, but rather the functionality of the design. You need to keep in mind things like the color when buying the hearing protection. You do not want to have earplugs of red color, yellow or any color that would scream your presence in the area. You can be sure that the game would easily spot such bright colors and easily give away your position. Looking for hearing protection that would be designed to integrate well with the surroundings and easily give you an advantage when hunting.

  1. Features

You have to consider what more are you getting from the hearing protection other than the noise reduction and the comfort. Depending on the model, you can get some of the electronic types being great even for listening to music and watching moving. Some of the earplugs would be waterproof so that you get to exploit outdoor shooting during the wet weather too. Consider comparing between the different models to see which one can offer the best option.

  1. The price

The price is something that will never miss when it comes to the consideration of the hearing protection. Some models would be more expensive than others and still offer less. The price would determine what the user would choose in the end. The trick is making sure that you get a model that shows the best features and most importantly the protection is guaranteed.

Conclusion

It is important that you get to pick the right model of hearing protection at all times. From the tips given, you should be in a position to pick the best model that works great and ensure that you get to keep your hearing abilities. Always advise your friends to pick the right ear protection if you see them not using one while at a shooting range.


Roy Ayers is a dedicated and a full time survival author, editor and blog writer on hunting. Over the years, I have managed to work on various article and blog series that all talk about hunting and surviving the wilderness. I manage to do this because of personal experience outdoors. This has always helped me to having an easy time crafting the articles for my audience over the years. Keep on reading my articles and blogs to get the useful tips and guides important for outdoor survival and hunting. Come back more often to my website: MyhuntinGear to update yourself on the best new hunting and survival tips.

Protecting Those Who Protect Others: Introducing SlashPRO™ Slash Resistant Clothing

SlashPRO™ Slash Resistant Clothing is designed to protect frontline professionals working in hostile environments, including prison and correctional facility officers, homeland security professionals, police officers and those in the private security sector.

Slashing dangers are relatively frequent for these workers and an occupational risk faced on a daily basis. Rapid blood loss often leads to fatality, and it is the SlashPRO™ mission to protect professionals at risk, with a range of easy-to-wear, slash and cut resistant clothing.

The SlashPRO™ clothing range provides extensive protection to body and limbs, also covering the five main arterial areas: Radial (wrist), Brachial (along bicep), Carotid (throat), Axillary (beneath arm pit) and Femoral (thigh region).

Rusty Keeble, CEO of The Gang Enforcement Company commented: “The slash-resistant combat shirt is one bad ass piece of officer protection wear. The design is comfortable, professional-looking and allows you to move freely and naturally”.

It certainly took a while to finalise all garment designs and develop full confidence that all customer needs will have been met by the first series of designs.

Robert Kaiser, CEO of SlashPRO™ and parent company PPSS Group says: “I am absolutely over the moon knowing SlashPRO™ Clothing has finally been launched.”

“Following several reported incident, which has seen officers around the world being slashed and suffering rapid blood loss, we ate PPSS Group felt strongly that slash resistant clothing can prevent such injuries and ultimately safe lives”.

One of the most recent reported incidents took place at the Maghaberry Jail in Norther Ireland which saw a female prison officer being slashed across her face. Full details can be found on the Irish News website: click here

Orders for SlashPRO™ clothing have been taken from highly regarded professionals and companies worldwide, of which many have provided excellent testimonial to the quality of the clothing range.

Please visit http://www.slash-pro.com to view the full catalogue of slash and cut-resistant clothing, as well as testimonials and a filmed product demonstration.

RECALL: Walther CCP

Walther Arms has identified a potential condition in Walther CCP pistols that could potentially cause it to discharge if dropped whether the manual safety is engaged (on) or disengaged (off). The safety of our customers is our paramount concern so we have voluntarily initiated this recall because of the possibility of a drop-fire occurring.

Please do not load or fire your Walther CCP pistol and contact us immediately to arrange to have your pistol upgraded free of charge.

If your pistol has already been upgraded, there will be a dot milled onto the back side of the magazine opening.

The upgrade will be done at no charge to you. For free shipping, please enter your information here, and complete the online form, making sure to include the serial number. After completion of the form a confirmation email will be sent including shipping information.

Please note: The serial number is located on the right side of the pistol.

Please submit your information here – http://www.waltherarms.com/ccp-information-submission/.

Please check this website (http://www.waltherarms.com/ccp-recall/) and all safety notices on a regular basis for current information about your firearms. You may also contact us by phone at 1-866-503-3389, by email at ccprecall@WaltherArms.com or by mail at Walther Arms, Inc., 7700 Chad Colley Boulevard, Fort Smith, AR 72916.

The current time to repair your CCP is approximately 3 weeks from the time we receive it.

We appreciate your assistance and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Nexbelt Titan Precisefit Review

TITAN COYOTE PRECISEFIT™ GUN BELT

Technical details:

  • PreciseFit™ up to 50″ waist
  • Great for the rugged casual or military look
  • Two layers of heavy duty brown nylon sewn together which allows the stiffness required for holstering your sidearm
  • The bullet styled tip is laser cut and sewn to resist fraying
  • The removable rustic Brown buckle has a magnetic trigger buckle for quick adjustments of 1/4″ for the perfect fit
  • The belt backing is made of water resistant nylon for enhanced wear and sweat protection
  • Two set screws designed for a secure hold
  • Thickness near 3/16″
  • Buckle size 1 11/16″ x 2 9/16″ – Belt strap width is 1 7/16″

I was graciously provided the opportunity to test out the Titan belt from Nexbelt. The ability to size the belt to your specific needs is a very nice feature. It is plenty strong enough to provide support to securely hold a pistol and extra magazine.

If you are in need of a new gun belt, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Nexbelt Titan Precisefit.

PreciseFit™ Gun Belts