If you’d like more information about hunting in Colorado, you can find just about anything you need to know on the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Big Game Season Dates and Fees page.

There are over 13.7 million American hunters, and Colorado accounts for a large portion of them. We have the second highest concentration of gun owners in the United States which means that every hunting season, more Colorado hunters will experience the holidays with a ring in their ear than just about anywhere else. So, this year, try not to be a statistic.

Most local hunting and shooting clubs provide free trials of different types of ear protection, give them a try. Better yet, pick one up to use anytime you shoot. If you’d like to learn more about the types of hearing protection available for hunters, read Custom Hearing Protection for Hunting Season. Or, checkout our Hunter customer profile page for more information and offers for hunting season.

The most commonly cited reason people have for not wearing hearing protection is that they don’t think they need it. Not realizing when we need hearing protection is ironic because the vast majority of us also believe that hearing loss is something people should be concerned about.

Parents are often considerate of their children’s hearing and when there are noises that are too loud, many kids will instinctively cover their ears. But, as we get older, something is lost. Some noise becomes pleasant and social pressures to fit in begin to take over. In college and after, as young adults learn their trade, they might not think to use hearing protection. After all, no one else is.

What Gives?

Despite early education about hearing loss, young people generally disregard their knowledge when they are in social situations. Social situations would include places like loud bars and music venues. Concerts can play a large role, but not all social situations are recreational. Many occupations also underutilize hearing protection. Young people who are in wildlife conservation or agricultural industry don’t realize they are damaging their hearing. The only thing we as audiologists can do is keep trying our best to educate people that hearing loss can occur at noise levels lower than we might expect.

It Shouldn’t Take a Gun

The majority of people who use firearms, such as my brother who is a wildlife biologist in Wyoming, should also use hearing protection. He’s done a great job of conserving wildlife, but his hearing is another story. Gunshots are clearly an unpleasant experience, but it shouldn’t take a gunshot to use hearing protection. Chainsaws, lawnmowers and fishing boats might not pack the same punch, but over time, the noise induced hearing loss adds up the same.

Those who do wildlife management and agriculture often have similar lifestyles that involve the extensive use of heavy machinery. Combines, grinders, choppers, grain dryers, and tractors are quite loud. Even an insulated cab doesn’t make enough of a difference. Hearing protection shouldn’t be an option, it should be mandatory.

The best thing you can do is to start using hearing protection and let others know what you know. Noise adds up to hearing loss over time. Spread the word before it falls on deaf ears.

Hunting Ear Protection

Hunters love gear and they also love to hear. With all of the time, work and money that goes into a hunt, you don’t want your gear to be the reason you weren’t able to catch game this winter. The sounds that surround you can tip you off to game in your area. After all of that silence, a gunshot is like a nuclear explosion in your eardrum. As a result, hunting earpieces are some of the most sophisticated earpieces in the market. They can enhance environmental sounds while dampening the boom of a gunshot. The best of both worlds.

With the DefendEar Digital, hunters can have situational awareness and maintain their hearing for hunting well into old age.

Do you know if you have hearing loss from firearms?

People with high-frequency hearing loss may say that they can hear what is said but that it is not clear, and they may accuse others of mumbling. They may not get their hearing tested because they don’t think they have a problem. They may also have ringing in their ears, called tinnitus. The ringing, like the hearing loss, can be permanent.

If you want to protect your hearing before suffering from hearing loss or you want to save what is left of your hearing for future hunting seasons, give us a call today!