Guest Post: Hunters Should Protect Their Hearing

I recently received a request to allow a guest post on hearing loss and hunting.  Below, please find that post prepared by John O’Connor:

Hi my name is John O’Connor, I am a father, outdoorsman and passionate about living a healthy lifestyle.  Over the past few years I have become more and more interested in hearing loss.  My father and grandfathers, who are and were all hunters, are affected by hearing loss.  I feel that there is a general lack of understanding around the issue and it is our job to spread awareness where we can.  Check out my new blog at bloggingwjohno.blogspot.com!

 

Preventing Hearing Loss While Hunting

Before each outing, you probably create a checklist of all of your hunting supplies.  You make sure that you’re wearing the right clothes to keep you warm while hunting game in the colder seasons.  You may even make plans with friends and family if you are going to have them join you on the excursion.  One thing you might have forgotten about is hearing protection.  Your hearing is at risk if you are using a gun to hunt.  You would not believe the amount of people who lose their hearing because they did not use protection all of the years that they went hunting.

Some people have to heavily rely on a hearing aid or hearing aids so that they can hear things that are around them.  It is essential that you understand that preventing hearing loss is a lot easier than actually dealing with it in the future.  There are a couple of reasons why hearing loss is so common amongst hunters and there are also a variety of tips that hunters can use if they are interested in taking steps to protecting their hearing while in the wilderness.

Protecting your hearing does not take much time and is really inexpensive.  There are multiple products available on store shelves that protect your ears from hearing damage.  You should wear these things continually whenever you are out hunting by yourself or with friends.  Preventing hearing loss is really the only way to ensure that you do not have to deal with it in the furture.  You can visit most local pharmacies or sporting goods stores to find what you are looking for at a price that is easy for you to afford.

The reason every hunter should make use of hearing protection is simply because gunfire can cause extreme hearing damage.  You will notice that you get a ringing in your ear whenever you fire your gun.  This is a sign that the gun is damaging your hearing and this could cause permanent damage.  You should also consider other people who are in your hunting group.  Even if they are not firing guns, they can still experience hearing loss because of the noise coming from your gun.  You should make sure that everyone in your hunting party is wearing some type of hearing protection at all times.

Before dismissing the fact that you should wear hearing protection, just think of how uncomfortable it will be when you are left without your hearing. The best way to deal with hearing loss is to prevent it using high quality ear protection products.  If you do not know which type of product to choose, you may want to ask the professionals working behind the gun counter at your local sporting goods store.  They will be able to recommend something to you to get you started.

Note:  John O’Connor takes full responsibility for this post but the only thing I think he forgot was to mention that loud diesel and gas operated hunting vehicles can also harm your hearing.  The message, of course, is to consider hunting with a Stealth Electric Side-by-side vehicle.  –  Tom

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