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.


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.

Armed Society = Polite Society

Despite the gun laws in place, cities such as Chicago are still struggling to curb their violent crime epidemic. ‘Black Guns Matter’ Founder Maj Toure has proposed a unique alternative to the conventional reaction of calling for even stricter gun laws. Toure suggests providing more access to guns along with proper training.

“More so than just giving young urban people, of all races, firearms, giving them education about second amendment rights, giving them more education about conflict resolution and de-escalation tactics ‘cause that’s completely missing in urban areas like the city of Chicago,” Toure told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney.

Toure cited New Hampshire, where a license is no longer required to carry a concealed, loaded gun, as an example.

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Interesting Perspective

“Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that individual to carry weapons in follow-on service.”
Terry McAuliffe
VA Governor
February 20, 2017

Hearing Protection Act Reaches 100 Cosponsors In House

Thirty-seven days after introduction, the Hearing Protection Act (H.R. 367) reached a symbolic milestone in the House of Representatives when Rep. Drew Ferguson (GA-03) signed on as the 100th cosponsor. Introduced by Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03) and Rep. John Carter (TX-31), this historic piece of legislation will remove suppressors from the purview of the National Firearms Act (NFA), replacing the antiquated federal transfer process with an instantaneous NICS background check. The Senate companion bill, S. 59, which was introduced by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), currently has 7 cosponsors.

One of the reasons why the Hearing Protection Act is garnering so much support in Congress is because legislators have been hearing from their constituents. Since the HPA was originally introduced in 2015, over 135,000 emails have been sent directly to legislators from the system found at Although it may seem insignificant, every email that is sent and every call that is made in support of the bill is a step in the right direction. If you have not contacted your legislators in the new Congress, please do so today.

“Reaching 100 cosponsors in the House clearly shows that the HPA has a tremendous amount of support, but there is still a lot of work to be done to get it to the President’s desk,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the American Suppressor Association. “We are working very hard with Representatives Duncan and Carter, and Senator Crapo to turn this legislation into law as quickly as possible; however, it’s going to take time. As we continue our push to move this bill through the legislative process, we commend the 109 legislators in the House and Senate who have signed on in support of this common sense legislation to make the recreational shooting and hunting experiences safer for generations to come.”

The Hearing Protection Act will fix the flawed federal treatment of suppressors, making it easier for hunters and sportsmen to protect their hearing in the 42 states where private suppressor ownership is currently legal, and the 40 states where hunting with a suppressor is legal. This legislation will remove suppressors from the onerous requirements of the NFA, and instead require purchasers to pass an instant NICS check, the same background check that is used during the sale of long guns. In doing so, law-abiding citizens will remain free to purchase suppressors, while prohibited persons will continue to be barred from purchasing or possessing these accessories.

Suppressors have been federally regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934. Currently, prospective buyers must send in a Form 4 application to the ATF, pay a $200 transfer tax per suppressor, undergo the same background check process that is required to purchase a machine gun, and wait months for the ATF to process and approve the paperwork. In stark contrast, many countries in Europe place no regulations on their purchase, possession, or use.

Sanctuary Counties For 2A Rights

A measure challenging gun regulations is popping up around the state. Since 2015, four counties have passed a measure known as the Second Amendment Preservation ordinance, and commissioners in Malheur, Union and Lake counties have heard the same measure in the past few weeks.

The ordinance is a reaction to the Oregon Firearms Safety Act, passed by the state Legislature in 2015, which requires background checks for transfers of firearms between private parties. These county ordinances allow sheriffs to ignore this law – which gun advocates see as unconstitutional.

But Ceasefire Oregon Executive Director Penny Okamoto said there’s a fatal flaw in the measure.

“There’s an Oregon firearms pre-emption law that states that counties, municipalities, cities actually can’t make certain laws regarding certain aspects of firearm sales, ownership, storage,” Okamoto said. “So these ordinances or resolutions really are largely very symbolic.”

The legality of this ordinance is still in question.

Rob Taylor of Coos County is one of the chief petitioners for the Second Amendment Preservation ordinance. He said he wants Oregon to have what he called “sanctuary counties” for the Second Amendment.

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