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The Ordeal of Suffering From Hearing Loss
“Could you repeat that?” “What did you say?” “I’m sorry, I didn’t quite get that.”

Do you or someone you know have symptoms of hearing loss?

Typically, a person doesn’t go deaf immediately. Usually, hearing loss happens over time, getting worse the older you get. Ever notice how many senior citizens wear hearing aids? That said, hearing loss can be sudden in certain situations.

One of the main ways you can recognize hearing loss is if you find yourself thinking what others say sounds muffled. You have to ask them to repeat themselves, often. Interestingly, usually the person with the hearing loss is the last person to know—it’s their friends and family who figure it out first.

We all know a person who can’t hear what is going during a television show, despite having the volume up as high as it will go.

When someone has hearing loss, they often become withdrawn in groups, feeling left out of the conversation. It’s frustrating to both the person with hearing difficulties, and their loved ones who are trying to communicate with him or her.

Gun shooters, in particular, are prone to hearing loss, because gun shots are extremely loud. It’s vitally important to protect your ears if you’re a shooter. ESP (Electronic Shooters Protection) makes custom-fit earplugs that allow people to hear normal conversations while blocking the loud gunshot noises from damaging the ears. Rather than suffer with hearing loss, shooters should make a point of always protecting their ears when using their guns and/or being around others shooting guns.

One of the worst parts of damaging your hearing through gunshot noise is that symptoms can occur immediately.  Do you want to be the person that has their television at full volume at a young age?  Or the person who always feels left out during conversations at the dinner table?  Of course not.  But it can happen to you if you don’t take preventative measures.

Be smart, and don’t go shooting without hearing protection.

How Shooters Can Obtain Ear Protection That Is Custom Fitted
BlueRegardless of how often you shoot guns, it is essential that you protect your ears. Guns are loud and without proper ear protection, you could have hearing loss or worse—go deaf.

Sound is measured in decibels. Once you’re exposed to sounds higher than 90 decibels, your hearing can be damaged. Gunshots are typically 120 – 150 decibels!

Electronic Shooters Protection (ESP) is in the business of helping you keep your hearing protected. By supplying you with custom fit digital earplugs, ESP uses smart technology to enable you to hear the soft sounds while blocking the loud ones. And the custom fit is so precise, that you’ll probably forget you’re wearing them.

All around the country are places you can go to get “ear impressions,” which can then be used to make top-notch earplugs from ESP. Did you ever wonder what it’s like to have an “ear impression?”

The process is similar to having an impression made of your mouth at the dentist’s office. First, your ear is inspected by the technician to make sure you’re all clear for the impression to be made. He or she takes a gadget with a camera, sticks it in your ear, and looks around to get an idea of what your inner ear looks like. A foam block is inserted to protect the ear drum, and is checked to make sure it’s seated properly.

Meanwhile, the silicone impression material is mixed on a nearby table. You’re given a bite block which you bite down on—this is used to minimize jaw movement to ensure a good seal when the impression is taken.

The impression material is put into what looks like a caulking gun, and gets shot into your ear. Think of it like a baker frosting a cake. After a 4 to 5 minute wait for the impression material to cure, the tech pulls out the impressions. You’ll see them and they’ll probably look like wads of bubblegum!

It’s nothing too rough—you can handle it. Hey, this is your hearing we’re talking about—you need to protect your hearing, especially when shooting guns. ESP can make you custom-fit earplugs—check this page http://espamerica.com/store-locator/ to find a place near you where you can go and get your ear impressions done. If you’re going to protect your ears, you should go with the best: ESP.

What Type of Ear Protection Should You Use When Shooting?
Regardless of whether you go to the range for target practice, to the woods to hunt, or just go to a friend’s property to shoot soda cans, it is essential to protect your ears from the deafening sound of a gunshot. There are several types of applications gun owners can wear, including earplugs, earmuffs and electronic devices.  Let’s take a look at how they stack up against each other.

Earplugs fit inside the ear canal, while earmuffs are worn over the ears. Both provide hearing protection, and are both are wise to bring with you anytime you are going to shoot.

However, those types of protective devices may not the best option for everyone.  Earplugs, which are typically made of foam or rubber, may not always end up being securely inserted into the ears, thus allowing loud noises to get past them. Also, they need to be taken out when someone is talking to the shooter (so they can hear), and that can be dangerous if someone else in close range fires off the gun. Then, ear plugs have to be slid back in, which can be a challenge in of itself, with the wearer carefully making sure they’re effectively doing their job.

Although they have their benefits, earmuffs also have a few notable disadvantages. For example, on hot days, sweat can build up inside of them. They may also cause headaches because they’re compressing against the shooter’s head. Eyewear and earmuffs can get in the way of one another, such that a gap may form between the temple piece of eyewear and the foam of the muff. This little groove could allow into your ears, thus negating the purpose of wearing the muffs.

Luckily, there are options available for shooters who want effective hearing protection that is comfortable to wear and convenient to use. Electronic Shooters Protection makes custom in-ear electronic devices that enable the shooter to have normal conversations with people when they need to, as well as protect their ears when shooting. Because of digital technology, these Electronic Shooters Protection devices muffle loud noises but allow for normal, everyday conversation. They’re ideal for those who shoot or hunt often.

Ultimately, the most important thing to remember is that you have some sort of protection for your ears while shooting.  The last thing you want is to suffer hearing loss or have a chronic and aggravating ringing sound in your ears because you forgot to bring protection.  Whether you prefer earmuffs, earplugs, or one of our protective devices, make sure you do not shoot without them on!    
How to Stay Safe and Healthy When Hunting
Hunting season is fun, as long as you make sure you follow some key safety tips.

First off, be alert at all times when carrying a firearm. Besides keeping your muzzle pointed in a safe direction, keep your finger off the trigger unless you’re ready to shoot. Always treat your firearm as a loaded weapon, since too many people have ended up hurting themselves or others because they “thought it was unloaded.” You don’t want to make that mistake!

Next, when planning to take a shot, you must be able to see what’s both in front of and behind your target. The safe “Zone-of-Fire” is the 45 degree area directly in front of a hunter—anything outside this range cannot be reliably seen and therefore should be considered out of view. Plus, it’s vitally important to know where your hunting partners are at all times, since you don’t want to accidentally shoot them (I am looking at you, Dick Cheney).

Finally, it’s important to take good care of your ears during hunting season. Did you know that the average range of a gunshot is 140-190 decibels, and ear damage can occur with noises over 120 decibels? You don’t want to have hearing loss or become deaf because your ears were unprotected during an otherwise memorable hunting trip. With that in mind, consider electronic (digital) hearing protection products from companies like ESP (Electronic Shooters Protection).

Electronic hearing protection devices are especially ideal for hunters because they allow soft sounds to be amplified while blocking overtly loud noises. These days, hunters can buy electronic earmuffs, custom-made in-ear devices, earplugs and behind-the-ear devices to keep their ears—and their hearing—safe during hunting season.

Shooting Ear Protection Can Be Beneficial in a Variety of Forums
To state the obvious, your ears are vitally important to the quality of your life. Have you ever tried talking to a person with hearing loss? They often need things to be repeated, and it’s disheartening to see them shake their head in confusion because they can’t hear or understand what you’re trying to tell them. Don’t be a person with hearing loss if you can help it!

  Electronic Shooters Protection (ESP) sells state-of-the-art electronic hearing protection, custom fit for your ears to protect them from extremely loud noises, while still allowing you to hear the more normal sounds you need to hear to function as a hunter, shooter or factory worker, for example.

  Way too many people have hearing problems, and it’s because we often expose ourselves to sounds the human ear just can’t handle. Have you been to a rock concert where it was so loud you couldn’t hear yourself talk? Have you worked a job where piercing noises drove you crazy? Have you ever shot a gun without wearing protection in or over your ears? Over time, your ears can only take so much loud noise before being permanently damaged. And in today’s society we’re surrounded by extremely loud noises in so many places, from sporting arenas to subways.

  ESP’s electronic hearing protection equipment can benefit so many people, including woodworkers, construction workers, security guards, airport ground crew, and concert stage hands. If you, or someone you know, spend time around loud noises often, electronic hearing protection is a very wise investment, both in the short and long term.

Selecting the Right Shooting Ear Protection
Shooting a gun or even standing near a person shooting a gun without ear protection will put your hearing in great danger. Spend a day at a shooting range without ear protection, and you could very well leave with permanent damage such as “ringing in the ears” or even hearing loss.

  Our ears are flexible when it comes to sounds, but they’re not able to withstand loud noises of certain decibel levels. Thankfully, there are several hearing protective devices (HPDs) a person can wear to protect their hearing.

  The U.S. military uses two types of HPDs to protect soldiers’ ears: electronic and nonlinear. If soldiers protect their ears, so should recreational gun shooters.

  Electronic HPDs make softer sounds louder, but smartly shut off when there’s a loud noise—ideal for hunting deer and other animals in a seemingly quiet forest. Electronic HPDs are a smart choice for shooters because they allow the soft sounds to be amplified while also doing the opposite—blocking the loud noises. You can buy electronic earmuffs, custom-made in-ear devices, earplugs and behind-the-ear devices.

  Nonlinear HPDs are not electronic. They let in soft sounds while reducing loud sounds. You can buy nonlinear earplugs for about $10 at your local drug store, and wear them at rock concerts or other loud events. However, if your gun or rifle is extremely loud, and you truly care about your hearing, it would be a smart investment to buy custom-made nonlinear or electronic HPDs, rather than rely on cheap (and uncomfortable) foam.

  ESP (Electronic Shooters Protection) provides shooters with state-of-the-art electronic hearing protection, custom fit to each customer’s ears. Based out of Colorado, ESP America is a great company to connect with when you are in the market for hearing protection devices that fit so nice that you forget you’re wearing them.    
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