Essential hearing protection to help prevent tinnitus and hearing loss

Help prevent hearing loss and tinnitus with ear defenders

Tinnitus is a problem that affects around 7 million people in the UK, with many of those sufferers involved in the world of field sports. Although many shooting enthusiasts never leave home without their highly-effective hearing protection, there are many who still shoot regularly without protection and suffer with hearing loss and tinnitus. Unsuppressed rifles and 12-bore shotguns can regularly hit the 160 dB (decibels) level, which can permanently damage your hearing and cause lifelong tinnitus after just one shot. Tinnitus is a problem often linked to exposure to continuous low-level noise such as machinery or road noise, or constant exposure to load music, but exposure to a single gunshot can lead to a lifetime of buzzing or whistling which can affect sleep, work and cause long-term psychological problems for many.

Help your hearing

Man using shotgun with ear defenders To help protect your hearing, always shoot with hearing protection. There are many different types of protection, from simple push-in ear plugs to state-of-the-art electronic noise-cancelling ear muffs. Always crosscheck the decibel rating of hearing protection with the decibel levels expected to experience during the activity you are doing.

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