Custom Ear Protection
Is there a difference between earplugs for hunters and earplugs for shooters?
Hearing protection earplugs have become very specialized based on the application. For target shooting, we recommend maximum protection through solid earplugs, perhaps even coupled with earmuffs. For hunting, because you need to be able to hear movement in the brush and the location of your companions, you will probably prefer a filtered earplug that only shuts down as noise reaches a certain level such as the discharge of a firearm.
What are the benefits of using custom-fit earplugs?
There are many benefits to using a custom earplug over a generic fit product. Since custom earplugs are made from impressions of the user's ears, they fit perfectly and the comfort level is unparalleled. These earplugs are user friendly, making for fast and easy insertion. If the earplug isn't properly seated in the ear, the user will know immediately because it won't feel right. In fact, because they exactly match the user's ears, it is nearly impossible to wear custom earplugs incorrectly. Custom earplugs are also more sanitary since dirty fingers can position them into the ears without touching the canal portion of the earplug. The earplugs can even be washed or sterilized. They are also quite cost effective. Custom earplugs are compatible with 99% of ear sizes and shapes.
How do I know if my hearing is in danger?
Although we don't think about it too much, our body actually sends us lots of signals to let us know when we're in danger. We feel the heat as we get burned; we feel the ache in muscles that are being overworked; we can't keep our eyes open when we're in need of rest. Our hearing is no different. If you've ever been to a concert or the races or out target shooting and had ringing in your ears afterward, that's your body's way of letting you know your hearing is at risk. If you still have ringing the next day, you could be in big trouble. If you continue putting yourself in loud noise situations without adequate hearing protection, it is no longer a question of whether you'll suffer permanent hearing loss, but how soon.
Source: Westone Laboratories
Gun club and show events
Kaczmarski Hearing Services would be happy to speak about the benefits of hearing conservation at one of your club events. If your club has enough participants we are capable of “setting up shop” and making custom ear plugs on site for your members at a club meeting or shooting event. If you are interested in this service please contact us for pricing and availability.