I am sure that most if not all of us use hearing protection when at the range, but how about in the field? I always bring it, but half the time in the excitement of taking the shot I forget to put it in.
I use them all the time at the range, but I admit it's mostly because it's required. I would still use them at indoor ranges even if it wasn't required. In the field I always have a pair of plugs with me, but almost never use them. It's the worst when waterfowl hunting. When I get back after a 5 days duck hunting trip I usually find myself saying "WHAT?" a lot in response when I see someones lips moving while they're looking at me facing my direction.
With all the aircraft noise I've been exposed to over the years while flying and all the shooting I've done, I'm amazed I can hear as well as I can.
Hu? What did you say? I think that we all should be wearing them and with the newer ones there is no excuse. But that being said I always wear them while at the range but I will have to admit that I never wear them while hunting. With the job that I had with a communication company I have so many high pitch noises into my ears that my hearing is marginal unless I am paying attention to you. At least that is my excuse and I am sticking to it.
I keep my mouth shut, but it bothers me when I am at the range and see kids with their parents, but the kids are not wearing ear protection. At the range, eye protection is required but not hearing protection.
I actually wear both ear plugs and ear muffs while at the range. I once read an article that the infamous flich can be caused by the sound of the rifle going off and not the recoil. I do not have a flinch of any sort, but I figured it can't hurt. Now when it comes to the field and elk and deer hunting I choose to not wear any nor do I carry any with me. I prefer to be able to use the sense of hearing to my advantage. With all that being said I do take ear plugs with me while hunting in a pit goose hunting. If I get my bell ring one time the ear plugs go in.
I use the plugs and the muffs too. I even started using ear plugs when mowing and trimming the lawn. I want to take care of my hearing and keep what i have so I take precautions now. Wish I did so during the rock and roll days of my youth.
Well, being in law enforcement, I have used them for at least 14 years whole at the range. However, I have never used them in the field. I am not sure that one or 2 shots every once in awhile will hurt your ears.
I don't know if one or two shots in the field will hurt, but at this point I figure why take a chance. I do forget to put them in even though I have them with me. I think it is probably worse for a guide or someone next to you. The blast always seem worse standing next to the shooter than when I am actually shooting. Especially if they have a muzzle brake on the gun.
I find it humorous to watch the PH's standing next to a client with their fingers in their ears.
I have always looked for ways to save money and gain skills. I have the firearms basics covered so I rarely buy firearms these days. But I do watch for bargains. Sometimes a little TLC with simple tools will let you bring an old gun back to life without investing a lot of money. One such find was a side by side 12 gauge marked “W. Richards” It is not from the fine English gun maker Wesley Richards, it is a cheap knock off copy probably made in Belgium about a hundred years ago...