As responsible gun owners, we all know that gun safety is non-negotiable and to be enforced at all times. But how seriously do you take your health into consideration when you go shooting at the gun range or when you are out hunting?

A lot of us realize that the loud noise from shooting a firearm can cause damage to our hearing, but is the protection that we are wearing sufficient? For example, a lot of folks will wear some basic earplugs when shooting and some serious shooters will wear earmuffs.

Unfortunately, as the infographic below will show you, just wearing earplugs or just earmuffs is not enough!
But really…can firing a few shots cause much damage? The short answer is a definite yes! To give you some context, a shot from a 9mm pistol (which is one of the most common calibers in the U.S.) produces approximately 160 dB of noise.

A jet taking off produces approximately 140 dB of noise. So as you can see for yourself, firing a 9mm is louder than a jet taking off!

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), if you are exposed to noise that exceeds 85 dB of noise on a regular basis, you can start suffering what is known as noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

That is where ear protection comes in. The more protection you wear, the more the noise that you are exposed to is reduced.

How Shooting Affects Your Hearing
Source: The Smoking Barrel USA

The best solution to protect your hearing is to use multiple layers of protection. We suggest you use a set of earplugs along with some good earmuffs when you go shooting. And thanks to the new Hearing Protection Act (HPA), you can also soon add a suppressor to your efforts to protect your hearing. By using a suppressor, not only do you protect your own hearing health but also the hearing health of those around you.

Author: Joe from SmokingBarrelUSA.com

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