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Hearing Protection For Shooting – Knowing Your Options

Active hunters and shooters know there aren’t many things more enjoyable than heading out to the local shooting range or bringing home dinner. However, most shooters neglect the importance of hearing protection. Shooting without hearing protection can cause permanent hearing damage that cannot be reversed! It’s important for both new and experienced shooters to find the proper hearing protection that works best for them.

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngogly (AAO), exposure to noise at or above the 80 to 85 decibels (db) range can produce injury to the ear. 80 – 85db! Did you know an average gunshot is at 140 decibels?

So if earplugs and earmuffs are so important why don’t shooters wear them? Well, some shooters will tell you wearing hearing protection can be a hassle at times. For some, disposable ear plugs are a pain in the butt to insert and earmuffs can interferer with shooting techniques. Well I’m here to inform everybody, where there’s a will there’s a way!

Earplugs: Earplugs are a great inexpensive way to protect your ears. The trick with earplugs is finding the right pair and size that fit comfortably in your ear canal. Usually, when earplugs cause discomfort they are not properly inserted. Today, there’s are a variety of earplugs on the market with many different features including “no roll down” earplugs and “no-touch” earplugs. These styles eliminate a lot of concerns.

Earmuffs: Earmuffs are a great solution for those who do not prefer earplugs. Standard earmuffs are rather inexpensive and offer a noise reduction level as high as 30db. Earmuffs are usually available in two models, the classic headband model or behind the ear models. Depending on the climate, wearing earmuffs for a long period of time can get rather warm.

Electronic Headsets: Shooting and Hunting Electronic Headsets are the most common among shooters. These headsets give shooters the best of both worlds. Instantaneous protection from dangerous noise such as gunfire, along with distortion free amplification of low level sounds such as range commands and conversations. However, some hunters will tell you they can get in the way. The Peltor Tactical Sport is a popular headset because it’s designed specifically for hunters and marksmen. It’s whole reason for being is to cut-out the loud noises while amplifying the low ones AND most importantly, not get in the way!

Wearing the proper hearing protection for shooting is a must. Now that you are aware of your options, the one you choose depends on your own personal preferences. Just know, something is better than nothing!

The PowerCom Family of Two-Way Radio Communication Headsets

Peltor PowerCom HeadsetsPeltor has achieved the ultimate in a communication product by combining a headset 2-way radio all in one! Offering comparable hearing protection to a set of earplugs or ear muffs, these headsets provide clear communication up to a 2-mile range without the use of bulky radios and wires. The PowerCom Family consist of a large assortment of styles and features. Choose among the Peltor LiteCom, PowerCom, PowerCom BRS, PowerCom Plus and PowerCom Plus II. Most of these models are available in a standard headband model, neckband model or hard hat mounts for superior functionability. All models come with unique features designed to improve your workplace efficiency while providing superior hearing protection along with 2-way communication.

Hearing Protection: Which One Is Right for you?

What type of hearing protection should I choose?“Decisions, decisions. Foam earplugs, reusable earplugs, earmuffs, hearing bands; which one do I choose?”

The choice of hearing protectors is a very personal one and depends on a number of factors including level of noise, comfort, and the suitability of the hearing protector for both the worker and his environment. Most importantly, the hearing protector should provide the desired noise reduction. If the noise exposure is intermittent, ear muffs are more desirable, since it may be inconvenient to remove and reinsert earplugs.

Earplugs are inserted to block the ear canal. They may be premolded (preformed) or moldable (foam ear plugs). Ear plugs are sold as disposable products or reusable plugs. Custom molded ear plugs are also available. Earplugs are a popular choice in the workplace Proper Earplug Placementbecause they are simple th use, less expensive, and are more comfortable in hot or damp work ares. However, earplugs must be properly inserted to provide adequate protection and should not be used in areas having noise levels over 105dB.

Earmuffs consist of sound-attenuating material and soft ear cushions that fit around the ear and hard outer cups. They are held together by a headband. Ear muffs can vary with respect to the material and depth of the dome, and the force of the headband. The deeper and heavier the dome, the greater the low-frequency attenuation provided by the protector. The headband must fit tightly enough to maintain a proper seal, yet not be too tight for comfort. Ear muffs can usually provide greater protection than plugs, although this is not always true. They are easier to fit, generally more durable than plugs, and they have replaceable parts.

Hearing protectors have a noise reduction rating (NRR) printed on the package. Noise is measured in decibels (dB); each 10 dB jump reflects a doubling of the noise level. The idea is to get the noise reduced to a safe and comfortable level; for a two-hour stint in your workshop, that should be less than 90 dB. Foam plugs offer an NRR of about 30 dB; earmuffs about 25 dB; molded plugs slightly less than 25 dB. For extremely loud operations, wear both plugs and muffs to attain an NRR of 35 db or more.

Did you know?

The 30,000 tiny hair cells arranged in our inner ear’s snail-shaped cochlea are responsible for transmitting sound. The hairs nearest the opening are responsible for transmitting high-frequency noises and are the first ones damaged by loud noise. That’s why people with hearing damage can hear a low-pitched male voice with better clarity than a higher-pitched female voice.

The human aspects of hearing protection are particularly important since the only useful kind of protection is the protection that is actually worn. Some people do not accept particular kinds of protectors; every human being is different, and the anatomy of the ear and ear canal can vary significantly from person to person. The bottom line on hearing protection is worker preference. If the workers do not like the type of protection (for example, if it is uncomfortable, does not fit well, or is impractical), they will not wear it.

Protecting Your Little Ones

Safety Products for ChildrenFinally, hearing protection for infants and children!

Sometimes we expose small children to a noisy environment without even thinking about the potential danger. A study from the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden shows that 50% of all children between 9 and 16 have experienced tinnitus, buzzing or ringing in their ears at some time.

Peltor Kid Earmuffs effectively attenuate harmful loud noises without shutting out other ambient sounds. The hearing protector is easy to wear, with a low profile and no protruding parts that can catch on things. The wide, foam-filled ear cushions ensure that the set doesn’t squeeze uncomfortably, and there is plenty of space for the ears inside the shells. Peltor also offers Junior Earmuffs for children over age seven.

It’s not always easy finding the proper protection for your little helper. When your child wants to help around the yard (or anywhere else for that matter) take advantage! Majestic Gloves offer Children’s Work Gloves, a real glove made for hardworking smaller hands. Kids will enjoy having a glove that fits their hands and you will enjoy the reassuring notion that your child’s fragile hands are being protected with a durable cowhide leather glove. Don’t forget to protect your children from eye dangers. Enviro Safety Products carries a large assortment of stylish Safety Glasses for Kids that are specially designed to fit your child’s little face.

How To Change The Batteries In The Peltor Tactical 6-S Headset

Don’t feel bad, changing the batteries in the Peltor Tactical 6-S Electronic Headset can be bit of a challenge. This video demonstrates how to remove the ear piece.

1.Hold the ear cup in the palm of your hand.
2.Take your index and middle finger and insert it into the open hole in the ear cup.
3.On the hard plastic hygiene ring inside the ear seal, you may feel a groove. Place fingers here.
4.Pull on the hard plastic hygiene ring and press your knuckles on the gray foam that is also located in the ear seal.
5.The seal is on tight to provide you with the most hearing protection. It is very tight, PULL HARD TOWARDS YOU.
6.Ear seal should pop off.
7.It is just as hard to put back on, we recommend putting it back on like a Tupperware lid. Start at one end of the headset and press your fingers around the rim until it is back on firmly. You will hear a SNAP (this confirms it is sealed).
8.If you require further assistance, please contact us @ 1-800-665-2942.

Kids Earmuffs by Peltor – Hearing Protection For Kids

The Peltor Kids Earmuffs are a great product produced by Peltor, a recognized leader in manufacturing headsets and earmuffs. These earmuffs offer a NRR (noise reduction rating) of 22 db, feature an adjustable headband and come in either Neon Pink or Blue. They are ANSI approved hearing protection and fit children up to age 7. Providing fuller coverage than ear plugs, they are lightweight, offer plenty of room for the ears inside the cups and feature foam-filled cushions for comfort. Great for concerts, races, or out in the workshop.

Peltor PowerCom Plus II 2-Way Radio Headset

The Peltor PowerCom Plus II 2-Way communication headset is ideal for communicating in noisy environments. Unlike ear plugs or ear muffs, Peltor’s headset not only limits external noises but also amplifies the conversations being transmitted through its radio. This headset has everything needed for its operation contained within the headset. The 2-way radio headset DOES NOT require a belt radio, wires, or base radio stations. The Peltor Headset also features a NRR of 25db and is compatible with existing in-plant UHF 2-way radio systems.