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Old 21st October 2019, 07:29 PM   #1
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The best ear protection for shooting is essential at the time of the shooting. I'm here looking for to know the difference between generic and electronics earplugs. I think electronic hearing protection is the best way to protect hearing at the time of the shooting. Thoughts?
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Old 23rd October 2019, 02:46 AM   #2
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> Thoughts?

Assuming you are really asking: here's another (mostly historical) resource.
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Old 23rd October 2019, 03:30 AM   #3
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This is an honest question...what do you mean by "at the time of the shooting"? But really I think either is fine, you can get fine protection from a $10 pair of earmuffs or even ear plugs. Look for around 30db reduction. Active protection (electronic) is just as good but there's always a chance for dead battery or malfunction.
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Old 23rd October 2019, 04:39 AM   #4
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I would use both earplugs, and hearing protection ear muffs, at the same time.
Passive for both.
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Old 23rd October 2019, 05:50 AM   #5
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Another choice:
https://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Rese.../dp/B07HV4KQ33

> earmuffs or even ear plugs

I've been on a hunt for semi-related info. Long ago a hunter expressed the need to hear well in the field (hear the buck shuffling) yet avoid the gun noise, and the short-term hearing loss (to hear which way the wounded buck went).

At that time a mechanical "blast valve" was patented. Supposed to pass small sounds and block large pressures. Dubious functionality.

This has evolved into ear-blocks with electronic amplifiers with limiters. The small sounds below 80dB SPL can be gained 0dB to 15dB. Large sounds above 100dB are limited, and a good block has >20dB attenuation, so gunshot sound is less.

For "just shooting", yes good ear-muffs are valuable and inexpensive. Earplugs are less effective on their own. Both types vary a lot, and are prone to momentary loss of seal when gritting teeth, turning head, etc. Using both plugs and muffs is common practice in HIGH noise work.
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I would use both earplugs, and hearing protection ear muffs, at the same time.
Either for small stuff, both for rapid fire .223 or 7.62, and if someone at the range is blasting away with a 50 cal, both together isn't enough!
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I have been using Caldwell Shooting Supplies active suppressor ear muffs lately.

https://www.amazon.com/Caldwell-Elec.../dp/B001ASWCP2

Another option is a silencer, but they are quite expensive and depending on where you live may not be legal.
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Get the very very best you can afford. I just was fitted with hearing aids. Some massive damage because of unprotected shooting while in the CMF in my late teens. I was talking to the audiologist about this very issue and she recommended moulded ear inserts combined with external ear muffs. Moulded inserts $135AUD a pair
SLRs are loud as were the 155mm artillery pieces in our regiment and cotton wool balls in the ears really did nothing to prevent the damage. You need to be able to cut 135dB to a safe level
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> Get the very very best you can afford. I just was fitted with hearing aids.

Hear, hear!!

I am actually hunting hearing aids. I no longer understand the high parts of soft speech.

I have been losing highs for decades. Unevenly L/R. I stopped trying to mix stereo 16 years ago when I realized I could not get a "stable center image" on recordings I knew should center like a monorail.

I had some youthful hours in LOUD music. I have only a dozen shots of 30-06 and 12ga but hundreds of rounds of 22 rimfire. I had hearing a decade after this, and by that time I was loud-adverse, and wore muffs for any loud work. I seem to take after my Dad, about the same loss at about the same rate. Bad Genes. However bad or good genes, no reason to add stress and speed hearing loss. It is very isolating. It is sneaky. It doesn't get better. And aids are NOT a cure, just a help.
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Continuous loud sounds allow your ears to adjust, fluid pressure limiting the excursion of the eardrum. Since shooting results in a sudden loud sound, the eardrum is "overdriven" and requires much more effective protection. Firing a Dessert Eagle .50 or a .44 mag revolver will test any hearing protection gear.

Incidentally, using a circular cutter/grinder on masonry and concrete is really nasty for the ears.
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