Gun Sports Hearing Loss: Preventable, NOT Inevitable

Gun Sports Hearing Protection
Gun Sports Hearing Protection
Student of the Gun
Student of the Gun

LUVERNE, AL –-( Hearing loss is not inevitable, it is preventable.

Far too many sportsmen will protect their ears on the shooting range and then damage them out in the field.

We should protect our hearing all the time, not just occasionally, and teach new shooters and hunters to do the same.

The feature article on Student of the Gun this week deals with that very topic and discusses practical ways to protect your hearing out in the field as well as on the target range.

Paul Markel c 2012

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This is excellent advice! I’ve been into shooting since I was about 12 or 13. I’ve been a professional DJ for more than 30 years now. I even did a brief stint as a drummer in a bar band. Needless to say, all of my work and hobbies have been LOUD. As kids, we’d take our .22s into the woods and plink away, never thinking about hearing protection. Few DJs ever considered what the constant exposure to music in excess of 90 dB had on their hearing either. Today, I’ve got measurable hearing loas. The effect is cumulative — exposure… Read more »


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