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Tips for Firing a Gun Safely
All too often you hear tragic stories of people who do not shoot guns safely. They injure themselves or others, sometimes fatally. Don’t be one of those people.

Firing a gun is a serious thing and should be approached as such. The most basic rule is to never point the muzzle at something you don’t intend to shoot. That means you shouldn’t casually point it “jokingly” at your friend. And, when a gun is not in use, it should be kept in a secure location or kept unloaded so children (or other adults) don’t grab it and accidentally shoot it.

Which leads us to the next point- don’t assume a gun is unloaded. Open the action to visually check the chamber, receiver and magazine to see whether or not any ammunition is in there.

The only time you should touch the trigger of a loaded gun is when you intend to shoot your target. You should only shoot a gun when you can see exactly where your bullet will go– and where it will stop. Be mindful of anything in the way that the bullet could ricochet off, therefore hitting the wrong target.

Two key things to wear when shooting guns include shooting glasses to protect your eyes and ear protection to protect your ears. In shooting situations, your eyes may have to deal with a host of things from both the environment and the gun, including falling twigs or falling shot. Wearing glasses is a no-brainer. The same goes for ear protection. You don’t want to potentially suffer from permanent hearing loss , do you? Gunshots are not just loud– they’re extremely loud, to the point where you could have serious hearing damage from just one shot.

ESP makes digital hearing protection devices– the kind that are custom-made for those who shoot guns, from cops to hunters and then some. Visit http://espamerica.com/shop-now/ to see what kind of top-notch hearing protection is available to protect your ears.

4 Reasons to Become a Hunter
People have been hunting for thousands of years. While today it’s mostly for sport, at one time, hunting was a way of life and a tool for survival. Hunting is rooted in our history. It’s a pastime that produces a variety of outcomes including food, comrade, exercise, heightened senses to your surroundings, and getting in touch with nature, just to name a few.

  Although hunting isn’t for everyone, any hunter could probably list several reasons you should become a hunter. If you don’t know any hunters, but are contemplating becoming one, we’re going to outline four reasons to become a hunter.

  It’s healthy to hunt

  Not only is hunting healthy in the exercise it provides, but it’s also healthy because the game you score will be free of any additives, GMOs and any other man-made interventions much of our meat has in it these days.

  Hunting helps the economy

  Each year, hunters help the economy in a variety of ways. Hunters are responsible for a great deal of economic activity including keeping many people in jobs and creating tax revenue. They do this through renewing hunting licenses, buying hunting gear, and hunting several areas of the country.

  Hunting is good for population control

  This is a sad but true aspect of hunting. In many areas, species are overpopulated and through hunting, we are able to help control the population and ensure that the animals are not dying of starvation or disease.

  Hunting promotes awareness of your surroundings

  If you’re a hunter, you have to know the lay of the land, and you have to be able to navigate you way through different terrains. Through hunting, we are able to teach kids about being aware of their surrounds and being able to fend for themselves.

  So there you have it, four (of the many) reasons to become a hunter.   As with any sport, when hunting make sure you have all the gear and protection needed for a safe hunt, including protection for your ears.

What Is Sensorineural Hearing Loss?
The ear is a complex organ that plays a wide-ranging role in life’s experiences. For these reasons, hearing loss can be caused by many different factors. Some causes of hearing loss have solutions, and others do not, but understanding the types of hearing loss is crucial for any hope of recovery.

   

There are two main types of hearing loss. One of these is conductive hearing loss, which affects the outer and middle ear. The other type of hearing loss is called sensorineural, or nerve related hearing loss. This refers to some sort of malfunction with the inner ear.

  Because we deal in shooting ear protection, sensorineural hearing loss is much more relevant to us at ESP. As you might expect, acoustic trauma is a leading cause of sensorineural hearing loss—in other words, loud noises like gunshots.

  Other common causes of sensorineural hearing loss include trauma to the head, sudden and dramatic changes in air pressure, in which the only hope to save hearing  is often some type of emergency procedure.

  Even viral and bacterial diseases can cause sensorineural hearing loss. In the case of diseases, hearing loss can be either a main component or a side effect of an ailment. When a side effect, treatment of the disease might allow for partial or complete recovery. Auto-immune diseases can also cause sensorineural hearing loss by mistakenly attacking and damaging the inner ear over time.

  But then there’s what’s known as irreversible sensorineural hearing loss, the type that can be caused by exposure to loud noises without the proper protection. Often, the only recourse is to have hearing aids installed. While hearing aids are wonderful for those who rely on them, they are far from a perfect or permanent solution.

  The only way to truly eliminate hearing loss is to prevent it from happening in the first place by wearing ear protection. Some shooter shy away from ear protection because they believe it compromises the quality of sound, but these people have never tried digital ear protection. To learn more about what modern technology has to offer in preventing sensorineural hearing loss, visit the ESP website today.

Acoustic Trauma Can Damage Your Hearing
Hearing ProtectionAcoustic trauma sounds like the name of a rock band, doesn’t it? Actually, acoustic trauma refers to injuries to your hearing in the inner ear due to very loud noise, such as gunshots, machinery, explosions, or rock music concerts.

When your inner ear can’t handle the loud noise(s), you may experience temporary–or permanent–hearing loss. Further, you may not be able to hear high-pitched sounds or you may develop tinnitus, which is a fancy word for ringing in the ear(s).

Acoustic trauma can be prevented by wearing ear protection, such as ear plugs. Otherwise, if the trauma is severe, a doctor may need to do eardrum repair or you may need to wear a hearing aid indefinitely.

If you’ve ever been to a very loud live event, such as a concert, you’ve probably experienced acoustic trauma already. Prolonged exposure to loud noise can cause what is known as a “permanent threshold shift,” which means irreversible, incurable hearing loss.

Acute acoustic trauma refers to a very loud noise that causes sudden hearing loss. Typically, the noise is sudden and very loud, such as a gunshot. Without wearing ear protection, there’s a chance you’ve ruptured your eardrum(s).

How do you know if you’re dealing with acoustic trauma? It’s not rocket science: do your ears hurt? Are they ringing? Is the noise so loud you have to shout to talk with other people? These are some clear signs that you need to get away from the intense noise levels asap.

Do yourself a favor and bring ear protection with you to places where you know there’ll be very loud noises, like the shooting range or football games. Electronic Shooters Protection (ESP) offers state-of-the-art hearing protection, custom made for your ears. If you want to avoid acoustic trauma, call ESP at 303-659-8844 and ask about their ear plugs and more.

Important Facts about Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Electronic Shooters Protection offers custom ear protection devices for hunters, gun shooters and others who want to protect their hearing from damage.

  One of the things too many people experience these days is called “noise induced hearing loss.” It’s a permanent condition people get when they are exposed to high levels of noise for extended periods of time. For instance, someone who works in the subway or on the tarmac at an airport can easily suffer from noise induced hearing loss if they don’t wear some sort of hearing protection.

Indeed, it has been said that one in 10 Americans is dealing with some sort of hearing loss, making it harder for them to understand normal, everyday speech. They can hear others talking–sure–but they can’t figure out the words being said. Their hearing is damaged from too many hours of loud noises.

Did you know that excessive noise is the most common cause of hearing loss? It makes sense, doesn’t it? We are surrounded by loud noises in today’s fast-paced, noisy society. Trucks on highways, TVs and stereos blasting commercials, shows and concerts, as well as airplanes, sirens and crowded events are all involved in putting a full-on assault on your poor ears. Add shooting guns and it’s easy to see why so many people are dealing with noise induced hearing loss these days.

Inside your ears are hair cells. These cells get destroyed by too much loud noise, and when they’re dead they’re dead. In other words, the damage is permanent.

You can prevent noise induced hearing loss, though. Obviously, if you can avoid prolonged exposure to loud noises, that will help. If you’re at a concert and near the speakers, move to the back of the venue so it’s not “right in your ear(s).” The other, more effective solution to the problem is making sure you wear proper hearing protection when you’re at places filled with loud noises, like sporting events, gun ranges, or race tracks. You can invest in earplugs, earmuffs, or customized in-ear electronic protection devices, which ESP sells. If you’re serious about protecting your hearing, visit http://espamerica.com/shop-now/.

Hearing Loss is on the Rise Among Young People
Recently on JacksonSun.com, Beth Knoll wrote an article talking about something going on that most people don’t realize: young people are having hearing problems and hearing loss.

It used to be that older people, over 65, were the ones known to be hard-of-hearing and needing hearing aids to hear their caregivers and grandchildren’s words. Nowadays, in a society where young people go to deafening music concerts and stand close to the speakers, as well as wear ear buds playing music at loud levels for extended periods of time, it’s no wonder that more and more audiologists are seeing younger patients.

Knoll quotes an audiologist who says, “Hearing loss occurs when loud noise damages the ear’s hair cells, which transmit neural impulses to the brain. After noise damages a hair cell, it no longer transmits neural impulses. Over time, the brain is not receiving the amount of impulses it needs to properly understand sounds such as speech, resulting in the need for hearing aids.”

Besides loud music, the article also mentions hunters not wearing protective hearing gear as another group of people audiologists deal with on a regular basis. While many shooters think nothing of it, just one gunshot, without hearing protection, can cause permanent hearing damage.

While today’s hearing aids aren’t as bulky as ones in the 1980s and 1990s, it’s recommended that people take precaution with their ears by wearing hearing protection, such as earplugs, when they’ll be around loud noises such as music and gunshots.

Electronic Shooters Protection sells state-of-the-art electronic hearing protection devices. The custom-fitted pieces have a precise fit, letting in normal, natural sounds, while blocking the crazy loud noises from hurting a person’s ears.

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