Hearing Protection in Field

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  1. browndcm

    browndcm Well-Known Member

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    Not sure what you mean by a stocking cap Do you mean a kniied toque?
    I always lifted it up over my ears and used ear muffs which keep you ears warm and give the sound reduction when the blast goes off
    Usually I am too excited when the 375 H&H goes bang but my old ears are still getting some protection
     
  2. laker

    laker Well-Known Member

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    Hat that covers your ears
     
  3. browndcm

    browndcm Well-Known Member

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    Well you probabably need ear buds that go in your ears or get a knitted toque
    Both sould work well
    I live in Canada and use a toque that is lined with thinsulate, keeps my head warm lol
     
  4. laker

    laker Well-Known Member

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    That’s what I’m asking about. The sound gear goes in your ear. I’m curious how they work with something that covers your ears
     
  5. browndcm

    browndcm Well-Known Member

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    Sorry dont have an answer for that
    Maybe some other people on here have an answer
    Hope you find a reply that works
     
  6. 7magcreedmoor

    7magcreedmoor Well-Known Member

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    Sound gear plugs don't stick out of my ears far enough to come into contact with hats or hoods, so no rustling if that's what you're wondering. The only thing I have any issue with at all is when I'm eating. As with any kind of ear plug, all the sounds inside your head are really loud.
     
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  7. Dosh

    Dosh Well-Known Member

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    I used Walker electronic muffs. They help keep my ears warmer as well.
     
  8. Muddyboots

    Muddyboots Well-Known Member

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    If I could wear any kind of hearing protection to suppress sounds in my head, I would double them up....

    Here are a couple of tables on noise that helps put it into perspective: Anything over 140 will permanently damage your hearing. I've been lucky and have used hearing protection most of my life with firearms and so far do not show signs of impaired hearing unless my wife is calling me. I use muffs when hunting and don't find them any more cumbersome than setting up a cross stick or bipod for a shot. I use Walker passive 34dB while hunting and along with ear plugs at the range which will provide close to 40+ NRR. Most standard muffs are only 22-24 NRR and although they help, they fall far short of protecting your hearing. A gunshot is well in excess of 140 dBA and you really need to get the NRR of at least 30 to reasonably reduce the noise to a level that will not result in permanent damage. Suppressors reduce anywhere from 20-30 dBA depending upon too many variables to list. They help immensely but still do not get the noise level down to safe no impairment level. Here is a really good article on firearms suppressors and effect upon hearing.
    https://leader.pubs.asha.org/doi/10.1044/leader.AEA.23032018.18

    Let's assume you wish to get to 90 dBA to insure no impairment; what do you have to do to reduce the noise to that level? Basically dual protection is only way I have ever seen work. Whether it is with a suppressor or with high NRR muffs, you need to double up to insure you are fully protected. If you are shooting with children, please double their protection up for their future.

    Noise suppression is not linear so when looking at charts and use of NRR rated hearing protection, there is a calculation to use to provide the actual level of protection.

    Bottom line, any hearing protection is better than none at all.
     

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  9. browndcm

    browndcm Well-Known Member

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    Excellent information, I have lear los due too many bangs from guns with no ear protection and in the military and hunting most of my life and working in noisy work enviroments
    Protect your hearing because when you start losing it, never does it come back