Most hunters and avid shooters know that having proper protection for your ears is crucial when shooting. However, it is also extremely important to ensure that you are aware of your surroundings when you are handling a firearm as well. For example, it is absolutely crucial for police officers to be completely aware of their surroundings at all times. However, in a high stakes situation, they may be required to shoot, leading to potential damage.
Luckily, there have been extreme advancements to the capabilities of different forms of protection. For example, many of the modern devices are able to allow the user to hear everything around them. This is excellent for those who need to be in tune with their surroundings, like police officers and hunters. You will be able to hear the smallest tree branch break around you, but will still know you are in no danger when you shoot.
Most often, these devices are in the form on an ear plug. These plugs will be custom fit to your exact ear shape and size by creating a mold. Companies that sell these custom devices will usually have stand-alone locations or will allow you to create a custom mold at your local audiologists' office. The company will then create the plug using this mold and as a result, you will have a piece designed specifically for you.
Once you have inserted these plugs, the custom fit will create a seal that is designed to protect you from the damaging sounds of gunfire. Since these devices are technologically advanced, they are created to allow lower frequency sounds through. This means you will be able to carry on basic conversations and fully hear what is happening around you. However, higher frequency noises, like gunfire, will be blocked, protecting your hearing.
Another area these advanced plugs can come in handy is if you are a competition shooter. Just because you are shooting for fun, does not mean that you are immune to the damage that can come with the noise produced. You will still be fully aware of those around you, the competition at hand, and anyone speaking during the event. In these competition events, when there are multiple shots being taken, having proper protection in place is extremely important.
Most of these newer devices also come with a lot of personalization capabilities. For example, you will be able to control the volume of the device with the simple turn of a nob. Of course, depending on which company you purchase from, the device will work differently. However, most of these devices are designed to be easily controlled so that you can do so without much interference from your shooting activities.
Having the volume in your control will allow you to turn up or down the amount of outside noise you would like to hear. This can be great if you are in a competition setting and would like to tune out outside noise while you are taking your turn. Also, if you are hunting and need to hear everything happening around you, you can turn the volume up for more awareness of the sounds. Overall, it makes you in complete control of your surroundings and what you hear.
Our ability to hear is one of our most used and needed senses, which makes protecting it even more crucial. When you shoot regularly, whether it be your career, for hunting, for competition, or just a hobby, having proper protection is extremely important. With the newer, more advanced, ear plugs that are available on the market today, you will be able to fully hear the sounds around you while blocking out higher frequency sounds like gunshots.