In fact, most motorcyclists wear hearing protection. And, for good reason. At 100 decibels you can suffer severe hearing loss and damage after a 1 hour drive. Now, let’s think about guns. They are obviously very loud and top out at the higher end of the decibel chart.
Nearly all firearms create a decibel level exceeding 140. At this level, you will (not may) permanently damage your hearing. If that wasn’t enough warning, a shotgun can reach decibel levels of 175. NRR Rating for Shooting (Most Common NRR)By now you know that all hearing protection requires an NRR number to give the buyer an idea of the level of hearing protection they can expect.
Shooting ear protection with an NRR range from 28 to 31 is recommended for indoor shooting. Why – you might ask? Well, as you might imagine, shooting indoors creates a lot of echo and you are much closer to other shooters. If you’ve ever been to an outdoor range and and indoor range, you will quickly feel and hear the difference.
It is still recommended you use double ear protection in an outdoor range just to be careful. You can still damage your hearing even without the extreme echo. Are Earplugs Good Enough for Shooting? Yes, an earplug with an NRR of 33 should be enough for shooting.
Well, it simple means you should wear an earplug and ear muffs.
However, it is actually recommended that shooters wear double protection. What does this mean? Well, it simple means you should wear an earplug and ear muffs. This is actually a recommendation by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and for good reason. The decibels coming from most guns far exceeds what a single hearing protection device can protect you against.
Doubling up with earplugs and ear muffs will increase the overall NRR and help prevent hearing damage. How Hearing Loss Occurs (From Loud Noises)Loud noises, from a gunshot, can cause devastating hearing loss and damage. You might be wondering how a loud noise damages hearing.
Well, at higher decibels the sound waves can damage the hair cells in your ear. After a sound enters your outer ear and makes its way into your inner ear it become amplified. This amplification passes through cochlea fluids where they meet the hairs with nerve cells.
These cells convert those vibrations into brain signals that create sound. It is your brain that differentiates between sounds, words, and pitch. If you are exposed to extreme sounds with out hearing protection, you can damage the small cells and prevent from sending the brain signals – resulting in partial or complete hearing loss.
As you can now see, there are a range of NRR numbers to consider in addition to many factors when buying shooting ear protection. However, if you are in a pinch and want a go-to option – stick with hearing protection with at least an NRR of 33 to be safe.
Also, always remember to double-up the hearing protection whether you are at an indoor shooting range or and outdoor shooting range. Storing a free standing gun safe directly on top of concrete can be a bad idea. This is because overtime concrete can absorb and release water like a sponge, especially in basements.
A basement with high humidity leads to extra moisture being trapped underneath a safe. Rusting can start and begin to damage the integrity of the safe. Having a barrier between the concrete floor and the base of a gun safe is recommended. 3 yards. And its waterproof and fog proof properties.