“What? Did you say something?”
Sound familiar? If you go to gun ranges, you may know this scenario all too well.
I’m a big fan of electronic hearing protection. The passive kinds, like foam plugs and exterior earmuffs, are perfectly safe and do a great job, but the electronic versions offer other benefits.
With electronic ears, you can easily hear not only range commands, but also what’s going on around you. You can have a conversation with your shooting buddies without risk of hearing damage from that .257 Weatherby Magnum in the next lane. You can teach a new shooter, or learn from a more experienced one, right at the firing line. For these reasons, I carry extra sets of electronic earmuffs in my range bag all the time.
Good electronic hearing protection has become affordable, so there’s no reason not to upgrade. If you decide to make the jump, your very first decision will be in-ear or exterior.
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