If you hunt, then you may have clothing, gear, tree stands, trail cameras, and a plethora of other options at your fingertips. However, are you putting forth any precautions to protect yourself while visiting the range or harvesting your dream whitetail?
One thing you should always be taking with you before firing any gun is proper ear plugs or earwear. If you do not have these on hand, now is the time to begin looking into the perfect choice for your lifestyle before it is too late. Each time you shoot a gun, you are risking permanent and irreversible hearing loss. This is something that can be completely avoided by taking the proper precautions.
A big reason that many individuals avoid using ear plugs is because they imagine just that, the squishy foam ear plugs of the past. Of course, these are a super inexpensive, easy to find solution for an occasional trip to the woods or range. However, if firearm use is a big part of your life, you may want something more than this. That is why exploring the many options that are available on the market today can be very beneficial.
As with all aspects of life, ear plugs have begun to develop technologically over time. Since these items are of importance to some of the most important individuals in our daily lives, such as a police officers, having quality pieces is key. One of the things that police officers and hunters alike need from their earwear is to be able to hear and acknowledge their surroundings. Traditional ear plugs block out all outside sounds, which can be both inconvenient and dangerous.
One option that you may consider when trying to find the best option for your ear plugs, is to look into electronic options. These devices, unlike traditional plugs, block out higher decibel sounds to help avoid any hearing loss, but allow for lower decibel sounds to come through. This means that you can have a conversation with you friend at the range or hear a branch snap in the woods. You will never feel like you are vulnerable or missing one of your key senses like many do in traditional ear plugs or even muffs.
Another huge benefit that comes with the electronic version is that it is often fitted to your exact ear shape. Of course, the traditional options are often made from a squishy material that can mold to your ear, but these still do not fit you exactly. They can come loose during your shoot, which can be extremely inconvenient and annoying to you. With the newer versions, you will send in a mold of your exact ear shape and the device will be created specifically for you.
As you probably can already tell, these devices come with a much larger price tag than your traditional, disposable ear plugs or even more advanced ear muffs will have. Obviously, each company will have a different price range that you can choose from and each individual will have a budget that they want to stick to. Something to consider when choosing to purchase an electronic protection device is how often you shoot and how useful these will be for you. For most avid hunters or range goers, this can be an investment that greatly pays off over time.
Another thing you should always consider when making any large purchase like this is the peace of mind it will give you. You will still hear everything around you, but will be certain that your hearing is fully protected. At the end of the day, your health and wellbeing has no price tag and considering these newer devices or even going with a cheaper, still effective choice will guarantee you do not damage one of your most vital symptoms.