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What does everyone here use for hearing protection at the gun range...?!


I use the Surefire EP-4 Sonic Defender Plus system...

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I don't wear hearing protection.
Huh.......what did he say!
Just joking, but hearing protection is necessary when shooting any gun no matter how loud or quiet it is. I have high tone hearing loss from working in a factory years ago. I truly wish I had my hearing back there are a lot of things that I can't hear. Far away kids voices, bells & whistles, and one thing that cost me money is the squeakers on the disk brakes. I have ate up a lot of rotors before the squeak gets loud enough for me to hear or feel, by that time it is big $$$ time to put the brakes back right.
I do use protection to keep the small amount of hearing I have left.
You may be young and think that you will know when the sound gets too loud. Take it from me you won't! Hearing loss sneaks up on you very slowly until one day the alarm on your watch stops working, or the ringtone from your cell phone gives you a headache because it is turned all the way up (that is the only way you can hear it).
Hearing children at play from a distance may not be a big deal until their your children.
Please wear hearing protection if not for you, wear it for them!

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I am profoundly deaf. I lost my hearing due to severe illness when I was two years old. Maybe saying I don't wear hearing protection may be a bit misleading. I sometimes do and should. While the inner ear is completely kaput, the ear drum itself still works fine. So, when a loud gun goes off, it does rattle my ears and gives me a severe headache.

All seven of my kids (I think I have just seven... hm...) know that their mother and I are deaf, so they are well aware of the rules. They know they must let us read lips, they know they must notify us if someone's at the door, they know they aren't allowed to play near the street, etc. However, if the kids aren't home or if they're asleep, we're poop outta luck. Cannot hear phone, door knock, break-in, car drive up, etc. Its really hard to deal with sometimes. But... being deaf for 36 years... I've learned to adapt.

Yeah, you are very correct, BersaOwner; I should wear my hearing protection at all times. Now, out of respect for you, I will!!!
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