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#3111517 - 01/06/13 11:25 AM Bleeding Ears
BigBeef
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I am really interested in feedback from you guys on hunting/shooting firearms & hearing loss. I started my first hunting season 4 years ago with no hearing protection. After noticeable hearing loss,I am now trying different battery powered sound suppression earmuffs. The issue is the ear muffs only cut up to 30db out. I am using the muffs & still having hearing loss. I am just trying to understand how a person can hunt for 20-30 years & not go deaf. Feedback? Experience?
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#3111577 - 01/06/13 12:33 PM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: BigBeef]
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I don't think your hearing loss has anything to do with hunting. You need to go to the doctor.

Normal hunting should not cause hearing loss.

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#3111586 - 01/06/13 12:39 PM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: Nhill]
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You need to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. There's something not right about that. If you are protecting your ears, no more than you shoot while hunting would cause hearing loss. For that matter, a few shots here and there over 4 years wouldn't cause that much if any.
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#3111607 - 01/06/13 12:53 PM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: Bowdacious]
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Thanks for the input. I have considered visiting a ear doc. I have very little hearing left in my right ear. Not to mention the ringing at night when it's quit & im in bed.
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#3111617 - 01/06/13 01:05 PM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: BigBeef]
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Years ago one of my cohorts shots 5-6 rounds through his 357mag pistol.. one of his ears started hurting right off the bat.. he went to the doc and had something like a 30-50% hearing loss in that one ear from the pistol shots.. my hearing is going south quickly..im only 45 but in my younger days I shot thousands and thousands of rounds with no ear protection...
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#3111650 - 01/06/13 01:46 PM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: pressfit]
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The ringing could Tinnitus. Go see a Dr
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#3111668 - 01/06/13 02:12 PM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: Roost 1]
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As others have said, see a Doc.
I am super careful of my hearing, but never have enough time to always use plugs when hunting (although I do carry them). 12ga turkey loads just kill me with no protection.
When on the range I use Peltor electronic muffs, and when shooting big bore stuff, throw a set of plugs on also. Just turn the volume up a little more.
You only get 2 ears, protect them when you can. After 29 years in the Army, and as a firearms instructor, my hearing is still very good.


Edited by LanceS4803 (01/06/13 02:12 PM)
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#3111674 - 01/06/13 02:19 PM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: LanceS4803]
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If your ears are actually bleeding as the title suggests you need to go to the doctor and like fast.

Unless you have shot many many more times than I have while in a hunting situation, you have other issues.
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#3111685 - 01/06/13 02:27 PM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: RUGER]
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Thats not normal. I drive a train and have to listen to the loud horn everyday and have hearing test done every yr and from 13yrs of it mine is very minimal.
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#3111701 - 01/06/13 02:44 PM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: Poleaxe]
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Go to the doctor. My father-in-law ignored an ear infection and is now deaf in one ear, and almost deaf in the other. It is a load of fun talking to him!
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#3111732 - 01/06/13 03:14 PM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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Do you mow you own yard, running lawn mower, weed eater, etc???

I have about 20% hearing in one ear and 50% in the other due to hearing loss. My Doctor even has me wearing ear plugs in my cab
tractors now, and shooting muffs while cutting grass, etc

save what you got, a hearing specialist if you like you have problems
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#3111980 - 01/06/13 06:58 PM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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Sorry for the misleading title to this post. My ears are not bleeding. Sometimes a thread title pops in my head & I use it. I do use ear plugs or muffs during the year when i use tools, mowers etc. So at this point I am going to get my ears checked. Thanks for all of the feedback. More is always welcomed.
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#3112298 - 01/07/13 07:16 AM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: BigBeef]
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 Originally Posted By: BigBeef
Thanks for the input. I have considered visiting a ear doc. I have very little hearing left in my right ear. Not to mention the ringing at night when it's quit & im in bed.



Im no doctor but the ringing in your ears at night sounds to me like tinnitus ...... Didn't read all the other post before i posted. I have a mild case of this.


Edited by in the dog house! (01/07/13 07:19 AM)
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#3112442 - 01/07/13 12:52 PM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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Yeah,go see a doc
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#3114776 - 01/08/13 01:48 PM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: Football Hunter]
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Yep, go see a doc. It's worth getting checked out.
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#3114875 - 01/08/13 03:14 PM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: Born and Raised]
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What? Huh?
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#3115059 - 01/08/13 06:11 PM Re: Bleeding Ears [Re: bowriter]
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 Originally Posted By: bowriter
What? Huh?


You too?

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