Did you know that hunting can damage your ears? Every hunter typically focuses on new guns but rarely focuses on buying hearing protection. With so many people suffering from hearing loss, there is a desperate need for ear protection. People who hunt without hearing protection run the risk of having permanent hearing loss and wearing hearing aids. The hearing aids will amplify sounds and improve the hearing levels.
How to Protect Hearing While Hunting
Hunters should take every effort to protect their hearing with protective ear wear. There are several types of ear wear that are available and consist of earplugs, earmuffs or electronic earmuffs. If protective ear wear is not worn, the sounds of hunting can be damaging to the ears. Earplugs are often used in conjunction with earmuffs to block noise during hunting.
Noise cancelling earmuffs are recommended for hunters. These earmuffs allow hunters to hear noises below 80 decibels (dB). Since normal voices are typically between 60 dB and 65 dB, most voices can be heard through electronic earmuffs. When you are shooting, the sounds will typically exceed 140 dB. The noise canceling earmuffs will block all noises to avoid damage to the ears.
My father who loves hunting and was a hunter for many years, often did not choose to pay much attention to his hearing protection while out on a hunt or at the range practicing. Now many years later he is paying the price for his actions and is severely affected by hearing loss. In order to help amplify sounds around him and to increase his hearing levels, my father now wears hearing aids. Hearing loss is very preventable especially in the case of hunting. Had my father taken the right precaution in the past he would probably have much better hearing these days.
Causes of Hearing Loss While Hunting
Hearing loss can be caused by sounds over 80 dB. Hunting without hearing protection can be dangerous. With more people losing their hearing due to poor nutrition and excessive noises, it is more important to be cognizant about hearing loss. Firing a firearm at close range without hearing protection can be a cause of hearing loss. Every hunter should make an extra effort to practice their shooting in an outdoor environment. Shooting practice outside is preferred over practice indoors because it is easier on the ears.
Why You Should Protect Your Hearing While Hunting
Every hunter should take the proper steps in protecting their hearing. Hearing ia very valuable and many people do not realize its work until it is gone. Decreased hearing levels can make life a lot harder, not only while hunting but while home with the kids, on the phone with a friend or even in meetings at work. Every part of your life becomes a little more difficult when you hearing levels are not up to par.
Earmuffs, earplugs and electronic earmuffs as mentioned above are all recommended while hunting. With protection, you can ensure that you will have healthy hearing levels for quite some time. Consider your hearing protection before the next time you go practicing at a shooting range or before hunting.
Hi my name is John O’Connor, I am a father, outdoorsman and passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. Over the past few years I have become more and more interested in hearing loss. My father and grandfathers, who are and were all hunters, are affected by hearing loss. I feel that there is a general lack of understanding around the issue and it is our job to spread awareness where we can. Check out my new blog at bloggingwjohno.blogspot.com!