GUN Are ear plugs that bad? v. mastoid bone

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  1. Sloi

    Sloi Back up in your ass with the resurrection

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    I keep reading that plugs (regardless of NRR rating) should be avoided because the mastoid bone isn't covered, which results in permanent hearing damage regardless of protection.

    My personal experience with plugs has always been good, but before I set out to purchase newer protection suitable for rifle shooting (you know how much of a bitch it can be to find a pair that won't simply move when you start aiming), I turn to the wisdom of guncrew.
     
  2. 1BadZ

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    I never thought about hearing loss through the mastoid bone, its probably something to ask my ENT next time I see him.

    Regardless, I double up on hearing protection, plugs and muffs.
     
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    I have used plugs almost exclusively since I could get good ones for free from my work.

    However, my CHL instructor told me to wear muffs because of the damage to the mastoid bone. I'll probably pick up a cheaper pair at Academy or something. Figure it can't hurt...
     
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  5. t1h

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    i've always used muffs because sometimes the plugs like to fall out of my ears :hsughno:
     
  6. Aequitas

    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    I double up as well.
     
  7. Werm

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    I've always heard plugs are bad as well. I use muffs reguardless because sticking plugs into my ears feels weird :hs:
     
  8. Bdog

    Bdog ...but do I really care?

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    If you shoot much at all, at least get a set of Peltor Tact 6S headsets, their worth the $65.00 their down to now. Your hearing is something you don't want to mess with, so a hundred dollars or so on a nice set electronic muffs isn't that much.
     
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    It's too bad it has such a low rating for suppressing sound. Only like 18dbs or something like that. I have to double up on mine whenever I'm in doors. :hsd:
     
  10. lt1aggie

    lt1aggie what?

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    I would like to know the answer to this because I HATE wearing muffs. I always just wear plugs.
     
  11. Bdog

    Bdog ...but do I really care?

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    Yea, the Tact 6's are NRR 19dB, while the Tact 7's are 25 dB's. I don't shoot indoors much, but the 6's work well for me with shooting AR's and handguns all day... even the Sordin Supreme Pro-X only has an 18 dB rating.
     
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    i use muffs :o
     
  13. mooredodge

    mooredodge 3,2,1 I'm the bomb...and I'm ready to go off in yo

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    I always wear muffs, never could stand shit in my ear, and muffs were just more comfortable to me. :dunno:
     
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    If you like your ears, plugs and muffs.
     
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    david_4x4 New Member

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    I use ear plugs. They're good enough for me.
     
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    the mastoid bone is only going to come into play if for some reason the gun is TOUCHING it. Even then, since it isn't the gun itself that is making most of the noise, you would probably be fine.

    Cliffs: Plugs or muffs just depends on what you like.
     
  17. cabriolet

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    what? I can't hear you, talk louder
     
  18. eWRXshun

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    my peltor muffs are way more comfortable than any plug i've worn.
     
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    Only use plugs when shooting my 22s but I just got some decent electric muffs so I need to try them out.
     
  20. thomor25

    thomor25 I make money online....

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  21. Gaunt

    Gaunt blood for the blood god OT Supporter

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    i hate muffs the get in the way to much and are a bitch with sunglasses
     
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    I picked up a set of electric muffs from Dicks Sporting Goods for 29.99 with a 28db rating. They are comfy and cheap and they work well.
     
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    BROKE Mr. Selfdestruct

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    so in a situation where you would have to use you weapon without hearing protection ie a concealed carry situation, then you are deffinetly going to suffer permanent hearing loss?
     
  24. cabriolet

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    No. I've shot several guns without hearing protection.

    I have some hearing damage now, every once in a while I'll get ringing, but is it from the handful of times I shot without ear protection, or concerts, or loud cars, or any other number of loud, destructive noises you come across in a life time?
     
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    Ive got these nice plugs that are custom fit to my ears. Got em at a gun show, they basically syringe some plasticy crap into your ears, then clean up and walla. They are so damn comfy and block loud noises just fine for me.
     

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