If you’ve suffered from hearing loss, there’s a good chance you wear a hearing aid on a regular basis to pick up on sounds that you may otherwise not be able to hear. If you’ve recently suffered from hearing loss, there may be a bit of an adjustment period when it comes to getting used to wearing your hearing aid in day-to-day life. This can be especially true if you enjoy hunting or shooting firearms recreationally.
The Impact of Firearm Noise on Hearing
It’s no secret that shooting firearms or being around firearm noise without proper ear protection can result in serious damage to your ears’ internal structures, as well as permanent hearing loss. In fact, even a small firearm can easily produce sounds of 140 dB or more, and larger guns or rifles can exceed 175 dB. Those who shoot firearms without ear protection are more prone to hearing loss, especially of high-frequency sounds. Tinnitus (ringing of the ears) is another common issue in those who shoot firearms without proper protection, such as earmuffs or earplugs.
Protect Your Ears While Shooting With a Hearing Aid
If you already wear a hearing aid, you may be wondering how to properly protect your ears while shooting. Won’t your hearing aid only amplify the loud noises? Is it possible to safely wear a hearing aid and earmuffs at the same time? These are all common questions, and ultimately, it depends on the type of hearing aid and ear protection you have.
Generally, the best thing to do is invest in a pair of electronic hearing protective devices to wear while shooting. These can fit over your ears comfortably while you’re around firearms and can essentially “filter” noises so that soft sounds around you are still amplified (like a nearby conversation), while the loud booms coming from firearms are filtered out completely so you do not hear them. This is a great way to protect your ears during shooting while still being able to hear what you need to.
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