Hearing Protection For Shooters
Protect Your Hearing While Maintaining Your Situational Awareness
Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is a very common complaint in America. When people think of NIHL they usually think of damage from industrial sources, working in noisy environments and such like. However, NIHL is caused by exposure to noise, it doesn’t matter where that noise comes from.
Exposure to harmful noise can happen at any age and from any source. People of all ages, including children, teens, young adults, and older people, can develop NIHL. Approximately 15 percent of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69—or 26 million Americans—have hearing loss that may have been caused by exposure to noise at work or in leisure activities. As many as 16 percent of teens (ages 12 to 19) have reported some hearing loss that could have been caused by loud noise, according to a 2010 report based on a survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Protection For Shooters
While enjoying your sport it is important that you protect your hearing. Hearing loss is not curable at present, and while that may change, we are not sure when. For the moment, once your hearing is gone, it is gone, hearing loss causes real difficulties for the person who suffers. It causes real social and financial difficulties for sufferers. In the case of NIHL, it is also avoidable if you take proper steps to protect yourself. Knowing that it is avoidable in the long term, it does seem that it makes sense to protect yourself.
Digital Ear Defenders
At Austin Hearing Services we recommend Defend Ear Digital custom hearing protection from Westone as one of our options for sport shooters. The devices are the most advanced way to prevent hearing loss from gunshot noise, the real benefit is that they also enhance ambient sounds for increased situational awareness. So whether you are hunting, on the range or in a tactical situation you are protecting your precious hearing while still being completely aware of your surroundings. Unlike traditional passive Shooter’s hearing protection, Defend Ear Digital actually enhances low-level sounds instead of blocking them. You can carry a conversation, detect game, and hear your surroundings while still being protected from gunshot noise Westone supply a great range of products for the modern shooter.
Suppressing Gunshot Sounds
All Defend Ear Digital models suppress high-level impulse sounds while enhancing low-level speech that is difficult or impossible to hear with traditional passive hearing protection. The Digital 1 provides excellent all-around noise suppression and ambient amplification for a variety of shooting environments. The Digital 2 offers two modes for either intermittent or continuous shots in addition to ambient sound enhancement.
The Hunter boosts low-level sounds for detecting game movement while providing impulse suppression tailored for continuous shots from larger caliber firearms. The Hunter has a second mode that reduces wind noise typical in the open range and in hunting stands. The Defend Ear modules are incorporated into Westone maximum attenuating OtoBlast™ silicone hearing protectors for the best comfort, fit, and protection available.
No earpiece offers better protection and comfort than one that is custom molded and hand-finished specifically for your ears. A custom fit ensures that you can wear the devices for long periods of time in complete comfort. It also ensures that the devices give you the maximum protection from gunshot sounds. Westone’s 50+ years of crafting custom earpieces means superior performance and protection from your Defend Ear Digital. That is why we use them as part of our business.
Defend Ear Digital 1
• Amplification for situational awareness.
• Noise attenuation when you pull the trigger & wind noise reduction.
Defend Ear Digital 2
•Game mode: Optimized for intermittent shots.
• Clay mode: Optimized for continued shots.
Defend Ear Hunter
• Normal mode: provides standard Digital 1 features.
• Wind Reduction mode:Ideal for shooting in windy conditions.