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Hearing Protection in an HD situation

dorangolv

.270 WIN
I believe they call that tinnitus. Might wanna get that checked out.

Glad you're okay.

I was more afraid of what the wife was gonna do to me when she saw the hole in the bathroom wall.
 
I recently purchased some amplified earmuffs to use in a HD situation (if time permits.) It would be the last thing I'd worry about but want the option available. I have multiple layers of protection that "should" give me adequate time to put them on.

As for their effectiveness, I just took them to an indoor range this week to try them out. I had them amplified so I could hear normal sounds. Then, before I could get a round off with my HD shotgun, a guy two lanes over unleashed a hellishly loud full-auto rifle. (The range rents full-autos). Although it was not deafening, it still was not very comfortable. I don't think those amplified muffs were designed to handle full-auto rifles. When he ran out of ammo I quickly put in my foam plugs as well.

However, I figure if those amplified muffs made an extremely loud full-auto rifle endurable then they should work fine in a HD situation. Again, they would be the last thing I went for after arming myself.
I completely agree with you on this scenario. People often underestimate how loud gunfire is indoors without hearing protection. Unfortunately, I had a friend test out the remodeling capabilities of his Mossberg 590 on my ceiling. Turns out they are quite effective at installing sky lights. But! after it went off I could barely stand because I was so dizzy. It felt like the room was pulsating for a solid 10 minutes.

The reason why I am a proponent of HD hearing protection is because it gives you an advantage over the bad guys and any instance that you can quickly get an edge over the bad guy(s) is worth investigating.

People often overlook the concussive properties of sound as it is an energy-containing wave. Yes, it will hurt your eardrums but it will also impair your balance like in my case. Balance is maintained mainly through 3 signal inputs: sight, proprioception (sensory cells in muscles, tendons, and ligaments that help interpret your position in space), and vestibular (in your ears). Typically, you'll need two of those functioning at any given time to have proper balance. In most HD scenarios, it will be dark so that is one strike against your balance, which means you will definitely need the other two working at their max capabilities. Shooting a gun indoors without hearing protection will most definitely disrupt the vestibular input for balance, which will be strike two.

Of course, in the proirity of events, if somone comes kicking in my bedroom door before I heard them enter the house then I would grab my firearm first. But in that case, if you didn't hear them already you may not need the hearing protection anyways :p All in all, when I practice HD scenarios I always incorporate my hearing protection. If I have time to grab my weapons, I'll have time for putting on my hearing protection.
 

John A.

Unconstitutional laws are not laws.
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I am still a strong advocate of these for hearing protection indoors.

And also in volatile environments. That's why many LEO agencies are using them in meth lab raids because of a reduced environmental explosion risk from the build up of toxic gasses and fumes if they fire the weapon.

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fellmann

Esoteric
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We are issued these... i am using them all the time... work / private...
It is an advantage to both protect and enhance hearing. Highly recommended !


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m-forgery

WESCOG Wile E. Coyote School of Gunsmithing
Elite Member
I have a two pair of MSA Sordin headsets. They hang on a bracket on the bed rails. Batteries are replaced once a year unless they have a lot of range time, then it's every six months. These clip the gunshot an also enhance you hearing.
 

Curly590

Copper BB
Should I ever have to shoot in my house for defense do not think I will be concerned about my ears, at least not as much as the family.
 

CaddmannQ

.50 BMG
I don’t expect anyone to ever sneak into my house without waking up my dogs and cats. My cats are indoor cats and they howl at strangers.

Once one of them wakes up they will all wake up, and Muffy will try to kill anybody he doesn’t know.

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So will Bizzy, and she is bigger, but Muff-muff will get there first.
 

Kenk

.410
That must be the reason I have two pairs of Howard Leight Impact Sport Electronic Earmuffs, now I just need to keep a pair in the bed room
 
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