Best Shooting Hearing Protection (Earmuffs, Electronic Earmuffs, Earplugs)
New big article about hearing protection. The noise level of the shotgun shot is more than 150 dB. The threshold of pain is considered to be 140 dB. This means that shooting without hearing protection can cause sudden hearing loss with complications.
The Best Shooting Hearing Protection: Electronic Earmuffs
Electronic earmuffs are the newest kind of technology that you can wear to block noise at the firing range. Many people have misconceptions about electronic earmuffs because they think the electronic attribute has something to do with enhanced noise cancellation abilities. The truth is that electronic earmuffs will block gunfire noise just as much as passive earmuffs. The only difference is electronic earmuffs still let you hear normal sounds just fine. They only block noises that are very loud, which are approximately over 85 decibels. The earmuffs are built with special electronic circuitry that is made to suppress these loud sounds every time they are made. This means you don’t hear the sounds as intensely when you are wearing the earmuffs. But if the sounds are under 85 decibels, like in normal conversations with people, you will be able to hear them just fine.
Electronic earmuffs are built to be comfortable and lightweight. Besides using them for just at the firing range, they also give hunters a whole new hearing ability they didn’t have before. Traditionally, hunters either had to go without earmuffs and risk damaging their ears from the rifle noise, or they had to wear earmuffs and not hear any sounds. This means they couldn’t hear the bushes rattle when a deer was nearby. The new electronic earmuffs are perfect for these situations because they will protect your ears from the sound of the rifle and still allow you to hear the dear moving near you. This gives hunters a whole new advantage to their hunting abilities that they didn’t have before. When the earmuffs block the high intense sound of gunfire, it lowers the noise to about 24 decibels. Then it takes around one second for the noise reduction to stop and go back to normal.
Electronic earmuffs are relatively cheap. The average pair costs around $20, so you don’t have to spend a lot to get this new hearing technology. However, the amount of noise reduction usually depends on the quality of the electronic earmuffs. You might get down to 24 decibels with a $20 pair of earmuffs, but an $80 pair of earmuffs could get you down to 18 decibels. It is not much of a difference, but it may be to you. Also you will have to purchase batteries for the device as well. Some brands use two AA batteries and others use four AAA batteries. But they all serve the same basic purpose. Overall they are a pretty good investment and you should consider getting them if you frequent firing ranges or go hunting.
Shooting Hearing Protection: Earmuffs
Earmuffs are commonly found at firing ranges because of their enhanced ability to reduce the sounds of gunfire. They basically form a seal that surrounds the outside of your ears. This prevents noise from getting into your inner ear canal. Earmuffs contain a plastic or metal band that holds itself in place over your head to create a pressure fit. There are two kinds of earmuffs; electronic and passive. The electronic earmuffs contain noise reduction technology to reduce loud sounds while allowing you to hear normal volume sounds. Passive earmuffs are the traditional kind that most people have used for decades. These earmuffs have acoustic foam built inside of them that are made to block sound waves from entering the ear canal. They don’t completely take away gunfire noise, but they reduce it to the point where you can barely hear it. The only disadvantage with passive earmuffs is you also don’t hear anybody else talking to you either. This is the main distinction between the passive and electronic types.
Despite the bulkiness of earmuffs, many people consider them to be more comfortable than earplugs. For one thing, earmuffs are extremely easy to wear. You don’t have to worry about fitting a plug into your ear canal while hoping that you blocked it out completely. With earmuffs, you just place them over your ears and then you are done. If someone is talking, you can just take them off and listen to what they have to say. Then you can put them back on afterwards without any hassle. This simplicity goes a long way with people and that is why earmuffs have stayed in existence for so long.
There are three ways that earmuffs are built to wear. The traditional way is placing them over your head like you are wearing headphones. Another way is to wear them behind the neck, which is similar to the new style of headphones where the support goes behind the neck inside of on top of the head. Some people find this style more comfortable, but both versions provide the same level of noise reduction. In some situations, you may be wearing a hard hat with earmuffs mounted into the accessory slots on the sides. These are less likely to be found on a firing range and more likely to be found in a factory or construction site. Whichever earmuffs you choose to protect your ears at the firing range, it is certainly better than having no earmuffs at all.
Shooting Hearing Protection: Earplugs
Earplugs are tiny lightweight objects that fit into your ear canal. This ultimately prevents sound waves from entering your ear canal, so you won’t hear anything. There are many benefits to using earplugs to block out noise from the outside world. For one thing, earplugs are extremely cheap because they are small and do not contain any electronic parts. The most common earplugs are made out of foam. Since they are not as big and bulky as earmuffs, you can go to sleep with them in your ears while still staying comfortable. Foam is soft and bendable, which makes them easy to fit into any ear canal without causing irritation. There are other kinds of earplugs made out of harder materials, like plastic and wood. These materials usually do a better job of blocking sound waves from entering your ear canal, but they are also very uncomfortable. If you were to go to sleep wearing wooden or plastic earplugs then you would probably feel irritation all night long. It all depends on the person and if they can find a pair of earplugs that fit them properly.
Earplugs are often used at firing ranges to block the loud intense sounds of firearms. By wearing earplugs while shooting, you won’t have any weight of earmuffs clinging onto your head. This will help you focus and be more comfortable at aiming your weapon. However, you have to be sure you put the earplugs in your ear canal properly. It is easy to use earmuffs because they just cover your entire ear. That is how you will know that you put them on properly. But with earplugs, you have to make sure your entire ear canal is blocked. If the plug is tilted or not in all the way then there could be an opening for the loud sounds of gunfire to reach your eardrum. That is why some people prefer earmuffs over earplugs. Again, it is all about preference and what works best for you.
There are new kinds of earplugs out that you can customize to mold to the exact structure and shape of your ear. These earplugs are made out of a soft non-toxic hypoallergenic silicone material that you can shape to fit your ears completely. This means you don’t have to stick anything hard directly into your ear canal. Instead this soft material will fill every opening in your ear and create the same level of noise reduction as most earmuffs can.