Hunt Safely by Protecting Your Hearing Around Firearms

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!



Hunt Safely by Protecting Your Hearing Around Firearms

Hunting is a sport that is enjoyed by men, women and teenagers.  Many parents start their children off hunting at an early age to teach them how to hunt safely and appropriately.  Hunters typically enjoy spending time browsing through gun and trade shows and shopping at retail firearm stores to check out the latest products available.  

When you are purchasing your hunting gear and equipment, be sure to take time to inspect your hearing protection options.  Hunting safely means being savvy with a gun and wearing bright colored vests and hats; but hunting safely also means hunting with earplugs or earmuffs to protect your hearing.  Protecting your hearing while you hunt will help to promote a healthy hunting experience and will give you an opportunity to teach the importance of this aspect of safety to your teens when you go hunting with them.  My father taught me the importance of hearing protection, but when he was a child they often times did not put much emphasis on their ears while out in the woods.  Due to this, my father now is affected severely by hearing loss.  He uses two hearing aids to help him hear better.  When out in the woods or at the range now he always makes sure to have the proper hearing protection with him. 



Firearms Threaten a Person’s Ability to Hear

There are many situations and things that cause damage to a person’s hearing.  Firearms are included near the top of the list on the list of damaging causes to a person’s hearing health.  The explosive noises produced from a firearm can instantly damage a person’s ability to hear.  While it can only take one shot fired from a shotgun, handgun or rifle to cause hearing damage, people who hunt for years on end without using protective hearing devices may be prone to suffering from extreme hearing damage over time.



Opt to Target Shoot Outside

Shooting indoors for target practice is one of the biggest causes of damage to a person’s hearing when it comes to the category of people who use firearms.  Shooting in an enclosed area only echoes the loud noises of the firearms and can damage a person’s hearing far more than if the person were target shooting outside.  The next time you go target shooting, consider opting for an outside target practice arena and wear protective hearing devices to practice shooting as safely as possible.



Discover Your Options for Hunting Safely

Protecting your hearing when you go hunting only takes a small investment.  The payoff will result in years of better protected hearing.  This will serve you better when you hunt in the future and help to make future hunts more enjoyable because you will be able to hear better.  Many people believe that ear plugs and earmuffs will decrease their ability to hear while they are wearing them.  This is not necessarily true.  Earplugs are available in both rubber and foam materials.  Each type of earplug provides benefits to hunters.  

Earmuffs are another option to consider as a means of protecting your ears when you go hunting.  Electronic earmuffs are ideal hearing protection products for people who wish to protect their hearing but also be able to hear others who are with them hunting.  These products are wired to pick up low frequencies while also providing premium protection to the hearing when firearms are fired.

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