Join Date: Oct 2001
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Re: O/T: Better cover your ears!!!
Well stated. About ten years ago, I participated in a statewide study of firearms instructors regarding hearing loss and lead ingestion. The study concluded that neither ear plugs or head phones by themselves protected the ears.
With ear plugs, energy is still transmitted to the ear drum through the skull. Headphones solve the problem, but the wearing of glasses and/or a hat creates gaps for the sound to get through. The solution is to "double plug", wear both headphones and ear plugs. Double plugging solved all of my problems. I used to get headaches and have ringing in my ears after the range, and now I don't. I won't shoot without double plugging. I also wear headphones in the garage whenever I use something loud.
I can't believe that the military still uses ear plugs only. And cheap ones at that.
Both my father and uncle wear hearing aids and it looks like a major PIA. Take care of your hearing!