This thread never fails to disappoint me.
I find it amazing that so many people make the argument of not having the time to put in plugs like that's some huge obstacle that can't easily be overcome. Invest it a decent pair of plugs like the soundgear
plugs which are basically the reason this thread exists and wear them all the time so you don't have to take the time when you need to shoot. It's pretty simple.
Also, if you have true stereo input where each ear has a separate mic to input sound you will not have any more trouble telling where the sound is coming from than you would if you didn't have the plugs in. A lot of people incorrectly believe that their over the ear amplification muffs they bought for 50 bucks are the same as the soundgear plugs. They may say stereo sound in them but that just refers to the fact that the sound is being played to both ears. 99% of the muffs use one mic for sound input even though it may look like they have two. One of them is just for show. Directional hearing comes from your ability to receive the sound differently from one ear to the other. Guess what happens when you have one mic spewing sound to both ears....... You can't tell where the sound is coming from.
Buy soundgear or one of the various other electronic plugs and you will know the difference. You will help save your hearing and even better you will more than likely hear better with the help of amplification.