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
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.