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How to Protect Yourself from Hearing Loss on your Next Shooting Trip
Posted On 11/26/2012 12:04:49 by admin01

Guest Post from John O'Connor at bloggingwjohno.blogspot.com


Ask any person who has spent significant time hunting and they will echo the dangers associated with the sport. Many potential health issues exist. One of the most significant risks is related to hearing. If you want to hunt regularly, then you need to have a plan in place to avoid dangers that might lead to hearing loss. Many people like my father who suffers hearing loss from hunting have hearing aids now because of hunting accidents that took place decades ago. If you will follow a few safety tips now you will be able to protect your hearing for the future. So what are the tips that can help you avoid hearing loss?

Enclosed Environments provide Extra Danger

Many individuals like to go into enclosed shooting ranges. They like to shoot indoors when the weather gets rough. It is certainly true that you can have a good time when you shoot indoors. You can also keep your skills up to par by doing this. You have to weigh the rewards against the costs, though. Indoor shooting ranges are enclosed. This amplifies the sound, raising the hearing dangers. You are better off at an outdoor range if you are going to do any serious shooting.   If you do make the choice to go to an indoor shooting range make sure you have the appropriate hearing protection on to ensure safety.

Earplugs Are A Simple Solution

If you are looking for the simplest way to protect your hearing, then you might start with earplugs. These are cost-effective and very easy to find. You should know, however, that earplugs are relatively unreliable. They may not fit correctly in the ear and could potentially fall out.  These items should be considered a basic level of protection.

Noise Cancelling Earmuffs Provide A High Level Of Protection

People who want to get serious about their hearing health should consider high-quality earmuffs. Today's manufacturers make noise-cancelling earmuffs for those individuals with high-end desires. These are probably the best ear products that you could buy. They protect your ears from all noises and provide a very peaceful experience. People who plan to use the loudest guns will want to go with these earmuffs. Those people who do not feel that they need this level of protection can go with regular earmuffs. These provide a nice compromise between earplugs and noise-cancelling earmuffs.

Understanding The Risks

If you are going to go on a hunting trip or out to a shooting range, you should understand what you are getting into. It should be noted that you are putting your hearing at risk.  It is evident that hunting does put people at risk for hearing loss.  You do not have to become one of these statistics, though. Instead, you have an opportunity to save your hearing by taking some preventative measures. You should think about buying some hearing protection equipment if you are going to hunt or shoot regularly. The costs are relatively small compared to the risk of losing your hearing.

Hunting and shooting are a part of life for some people. If you enjoy those things, then you should not limit yourself from them. Instead, you should focus on protecting yourself in a safe manner. The items listed above provide that protection.

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!



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