Firearms and Hearing Loss

30 10 2012

I want to introduce John O’Connor who is doing great work on the topic of protecting your hearing when using firearms. Below is an article which gives some great advice that I want bloggers to consider. Please feel free to offer your insights or responses.

Hi my name is John O’Connor, I am a father, outdoorsman and passionate about living a healthy lifestyle.  Over the past few years I have become more and more interested in hearing loss.  My father and grandfathers, who are and were all hunters, are affected by hearing loss.  I feel that there is a general lack of understanding around the issue and it is our job to spread awareness where we can.  Check out my new blog at!

Discover How to Maintain Good Hearing When You Go Hunting

Preparing to go hunting is something many people get excited about.  Searching through gun shops and browsing for the latest firearms on the market to enhance your hunting experience may be something you look forward to doing.  While you are shopping for guns or ammunition, take time to check out your hearing protection options.  Most gun supply stores sell a variety of hunting safety aids and accessories that can protect your hearing while hunting.  A lot of people take their hearing ability for granted.  My father who has been hunting since I was a child often did not pay much attention to his hearing protection when he hunted.  Now in his late 70’s he wears hearing aids in order to increase sound levels so he is able to hear better.  In order to limit yourself from hearing loss, make the right choice to protect your hearing today.

 How Can Guns Damage Your Hearing

When a gun is fired, extremely loud decibels ripple through the air and can immediately have a negative impact on a person’s ability to hear.  It only takes one shot fired in order for a person to lose a portion of his or her hearing.  Government and university studies have shown that many hunters have lost a portion of their hearing with just one single shot fired from a firearm.  Many hunters take safety precautions with their guns and by staying out of the line of fire of other hunters; yet, these same hunters often forget to protect their ears while they are hunting.

Because the loud noise that is produced from a single gunshot can damage your hearing, it is best if you invest in hearing devices to help you hunt as safely as possible.

Investing in Earmuffs and Ear Plugs Will Help to Maintain Your Hearing Health

Maintaining excellent hearing health while you go hunting can be accomplished by using earmuffs or earplugs to protect your hearing.  Earplugs are available in both rubber and foam materials, and earmuffs are available in standard issue and electronic issue.  In an online article by the University of Iowa it is stated that hunters and target shooters should take safety measures each time they fire a gun.  This also applies to anyone who is in close proximity of someone who is using a firearm.  Prolonged exposure, or a single shot, can lead to permanent hearing damage.  If you do suffer from current hearing problems, consider speaking to your doctor about recommendations for the best type of hearing protection to wear with your hearing aids so you can hunt safely.