You would think someone who has been shooting as long as I have would by now have found some very effective hearing protection. Nope!
I hate ear plugs. I got sensitive ears I guess. Don’t like to poke anything in them. Mom always said if it was bigger than your elbow, don’t stick it in your ear or your nose. Maybe she just didn’t want me picking boogers and sticking them in my ear…
I already have tenitus pretty bad. This I’m sure is due to shooting until I was in my late teens without ear protection as well as all the time I spent on the tank range in the military with nothing over my ears. God gave us great hearing protection – our two index fingers – but I have yet to figure out to shoot with my fingers stuck in my ears. (Mom would not like that either and you have to admit you look kinda goofy with a finger in each ear. Not the professional image a gunwriter needs to present.)
So, I’ve tried several brands of electronic ear muffs (Howard Leight & Walker’s to name a few) Broke ’em all in less than a month. Some non-electric muff’s I have are comfortable but my hearing is so bad I can’t hear anything unless I take them off. I was shooting one day at the bench beside my house and the UPS truck roared right up the driveway beside and out past me. Good thing my peripheral vision is better than my hearing.
I even tried some of those mold your own ear plugs from Radians. That was a gooey experience I hope to not repeat. And, see, the problem with ear plugs is you have to take them out to hear. If I take them out I loose them OR all kinds of nasty stuff gets stuck to the ear wax on the plugs and I don’t want them back in my ear.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. It has to be comfortable, affordable and not have the requirement of being pushed inside your ear to the point you think your ear drum will bust or that you have to get your wife to dig them out with a set of tweezers.
When my mother in law is babbling, I don’t mind the tinitus or my distressed hearing. Its times like that its actually a blessing. But, if my wife keeps thinking I’m ignoring her, bad hearing will be the least of my worries.