Okay, Okay let’s face it, it’s hard to get excited about hearing protection. It’s one of those things that can be unhandy, distracting, and easy to forget in most hunting and shooting endeavors. Unfortunately there is the other side, the repercussions of not wearing hearing protectors. The obvious and often the first detected problems is loss of hearing and speech comprehension. But, there are many other factors involved here, like destroying one of our vital senses needed in our hunting and shooting activities, inhibiting our ability to communicate effectively, directionality issues, feeling isolated, depressed, left out, relationship problems, ringing/buzzing in the ears… the list of unfortunates goes on and on.
The key to hearing health in our shooting activities can simply be presented in these easy steps….
- Make the commitment to wearing hearing protection
- Select the appropriate hearing protection for your situation Style/Size/Protection Rating Etc.
- Wear the protection
- Be proactive, get in a habit of wearing it, soon it will become second nature. Make it a part of your hunting/shooting gear and be a role model for the upcoming hunting generation.
It is never too late to begin to wear hearing protection! Even though you may already have a hearing loss, this loss can become greater if unprotected noise exposure is still occurring. Even if you do not perceive the noise to be that loud, your hearing loss may be inhibiting your perception of how loud the sound really is, causing further damage.
Take Time Out!!
Stop & Think! Let’s say theoretically that every time you pulled the trigger you would lose a very, very small portion of your eyesight. Keep pulling the trigger, soon there are holes or black spot inhibiting your vision. This concept is exactly what is happening to your unprotected ears. Grinding away slowly, shot after shot, time after time.
While all the retailers are boasting new hi- tech hunting and shooting equipment, making the products they sell ever so enticing, it’s very easy to forgo the actual equipment you may need over the equipment that you want. Take time out! Invest in your hearing health with a quality pair of hearing protectors. It is much easier and CHEAPER to protect your hearing now than to try and correct it later! Noise induced hearing loss is completely preventable and totally IRREVERSIBLE. The choice is yours…
Stay tuned for further blogs and product info!
Cameron L. Ellison HIS, COHC