MIL hearing protection

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  1. Coddle

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    I am not in the military, hope to join soon. But I have a quick question. For those of you who are infantry, do you wear any sort of hearing protection while engaging targets? When I go shooting and I shoot my guns, I couldn't imagine not wearing any protection for my ears. If you don't, how bad is it? Do you get used to it?
     
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    Would you want to have anything impair your hearing in a combat environment? Soldiers need to be able to hear instructions, enemy movement and gunfire, radio signals, etc.
     
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    during training you can wear ear protection, but in combat i dont reccommend it
     
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    how do you know this, you are not even in the military :ugh:
     
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    Do you start to lose your hearing ability after a while in combat and/or do your ears start ringing pretty good?
     
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    im pretty sure its not good for you :)

    i already had bad hearing loss and tinnitus (permanent ringing) before joining army and going to combat due to car audio and concerts so i dont know how bad gunfire, helos, and other stuff has made my ears. i pass the hearing test in the physicals fine though so :dunno: i guess im good :bigthumb:
     
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    They made some new Hearing Plugs that block out the louder sounds then softer sounds. They are using those in the Field, but not in Combat.

    Can't remember the name, but one side is yellow, and the other green.

    Edit: Here's a pic of them.
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    Yeah, last time I didn't wear hearing protection and shot my rifle it was kinda fun... I mean it felt like i was in a rock concert afterwards. Not really too bad. But like, the last time I was in a firefight I was wearing bose noise cancelling headphones with microphones attached and it was a lot easier to engage the targets since we were able to hear and communicate. Plus, afterwards I could hear without saying "huh?" after everything anyone said...
     
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    Because it is obvious
     
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    Things happen quickly, taking time to actually put it in is hardly ever done.

    I would imagine tank guys use it though. :noes:
     
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    An older friend of mine fought in Korea and in all his training never wore hearing protection. He went deaf in one ear because of this. He flinched at the rifle reports when we were at the range trying our M1's. He hadn't fired an M1 in decades but he fell right back into it.

    Anyways I'm off track. Hearing loss slowly creeps up on you so I've been told. Its not like one day you are fine and the next you can't hear squat.

    Interesting fact: he carried his M1 Bolt in his armpit to keep it from freezing
     
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    i dont like your attitude at all, your quickly becoming the new Accord and will be a shitty marine or whatever you want to be, mark my words
     
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    What?
     
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    What now?!!! :rofl:
     
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    When I'm in a meeting I don't usually have hearing protection.


    Sometimes the powerpoint noises can get loud though :hs: Maybe I should put in an unfunded request for hearing protection
     
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    lol, well i heard from one of my friends that he usually wears the tripple flange style plugs that are connected with a chord around his neck so he can put it in and pull it out quickly
    but he was only usually the 50/60 gunner on the humvee so...

    the noise canceling headphones/microphone thing sounds like an awesome idea
     
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    So this was an actual combat firefight? What about the sound of enemy fire, does the head unit cancel out that noise as well? Could you still tell who was fireing and where?

    I just don't wanna hit 60 and be deaf, my grandpa worked on the railroad around those loud diesels without hearing protection back in the day, and over the past 10 years he's been gradually losing his hearing. He isn't completely deaf, one ear probably has about 20% or less of it's hearing ability.
     

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