Hearing protection for hunters & police officers

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Protect your hearing when hunting or in the field

Hearing protection for hunters and police officers

Hearing protection has become an indispensable part of many working environments. Whether for hunting or military and police operations, the right hearing protection should reliably protect the hearing from noise exposure to prevent permanent hearing damage.

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Why is it important for hunters and police officers to wear hearing protection?

Gunshots suddenly produce high noise levels, often in the immediate vicinity of the ear. The human ear is particularly sensitive to this so-called impulse noise. The loud bang of the gun puts a lot of strain on the ear. It can even lead to permanent hearing damage. Hearing protection is therefore essential for hunters, policemen, soldiers or even sports shooters at the shooting range.

What kind of hearing damage can be caused by the loud shots?

A gunshot at 150 to 170 dB is far above the pain threshold of human hearing. If the ear is not optimally protected in this case, this impulse noise can even trigger a blast trauma. This causes severe damage to the inner ear with cochlea. The inner ear also contains the hair cells. A general distinction is made between the inner hair cells, which transmit the sensory stimulus to itself, and the outer hair cells, which dampen or amplify it. An undamped shot will overload or even damage the outer hair cells in particular. This can suddenly impair hearing ability. Overall, the ear can recover over time, but hearing loss for the high frequencies is often permanent. In addition, completely damaged hearing cells cannot be regenerated. After a blast trauma, the ear also loses hearing more quickly with age. Noise damage caused by impulse noise during hunting or police operations can therefore cause permanent hearing damage.

From when is hearing protection compulsory when hunting or at the shooting range?

When shooting, noise levels of around 130 - 170 dB can be triggered in the immediate vicinity of the muzzle, depending on the weapon and calibre. It must therefore be clear to everyone that this impulse noise can lead to long-term hearing damage such as blast trauma. From as low as 130 decibels, people automatically cover their ears to protect their hearing. Above 150 decibels, even irreparable hearing damage can occur. Wearing hearing protection at shooting ranges is therefore already compulsory. However, hunters often do without this important protection in order to better perceive soft sounds in the forest. This leaves the risk of dangerous hearing damage from the loud shot. With the right hearing protection solutions, however, it is possible to perceive important noises during hunting or operations and at the same time be protected from loud shooting noises.

Which hearing protection is suitable for hunters?

There are several special characteristics that make good hearing protection for hunters. In the following, we present some possible hearing protection variations for hunting.

Active capsule ear protection for hunting

Capsule ear protection is a popular hearing protection solution for hunting. An active sound amplifier control for hunting hearing protection is recommended. Active capsule ear protection allows you to hear and understand conversations or game passes well. The dangerously loud shot for the ear, however, is optimally attenuated.

Earplugs for hunting

Earplugs are also available which provide dynamic volume attenuation. This means that loud bangs are damped more than soft speech. In addition, earplugs for hunting are often more comfortable to wear than ear muffs. Since ear protection is usually worn for a longer period of time when hunting, this is an important factor. Therefore, ear protection should fit well and be comfortable for long hunts.

Custom-made hearing protection for hunting

For extra comfort when hunting, we recommend individual and custom-made ear molds for hunters. We make ear plugs for each ear canal to measure. For this we need your ear impressions, which you can have made by any hearing aid acoustician. You will then receive your personal hearing protection, which will fit optimally and comfortably. We will be happy to advise you personally. Phone: +49 (0) 5258 92 08100.

Which hearing protection is suitable for police officers?

There are various features that characterise good hearing protection for police officers. In the following, we present possible hearing protection variants for police use.

Impulse noise hearing protection products for police

Clear, reliable communication is crucial in military and police operations. Whether during manoeuvres or in real police or military operations, the ability to communicate clearly and understandably despite high noise levels is of great importance for police officers and soldiers. Therefore, hearing protection products with impulse sound should always be used. These only protect the human ear from impulse noise, i.e. the sudden noise peaks caused by loud shots or explosions. Normal environmental noise is only minimally attenuated. Impulse noise earplugs or active capsule ear protection, for example, make it possible to understand speech and to be reliably protected against noise peaks during use.

Custom-made hearing protection for the police

For special wearing comfort and optimum protection during use, we recommend individual and custom-made earmoulds for police officers. For this purpose, we make ear plugs for each ear canal to measure. For this we need your ear impressions, which you can have made by any hearing aid acoustician. You will then receive your personal hearing protection, which fits optimally and comfortably. We will be happy to advise you personally. Phone: +49 (0) 5258 92 08100.

Which hearing protection is suitable for police or hunting dogs?

Dogs have particularly sensitive hearing. Therefore, you should also provide your dog's ears with optimum protection when hunting or on police missions. You will find special dog hearing protection for this in our shop. The MuttMuffs-dog hearing protection reliably protects your dog's fine hearing in various noise situations and thus ensures less stress. Your dog is thus also optimally protected against the loud banging noises during hunting or against the high noise pollution during helicopter flights. This dog hearing protection is also ideally suited for guard dogs, rescue dogs, mantrailers, sniffer or patrol dogs of the police and armed forces, who often work in noisy environments.

How does active and passive hearing protection work?

Active hearing protection variants and passive hearing protection solutions both have their advantages and disadvantages. In the following we explain the difference between these two types of hearing protection.

How does active hearing protection work?

Active capsule hearing protection refers to effective, dynamic hearing protection with variable sound attenuation. It is equipped with special technology and filters. The electronic capsule hearing protection amplifies ambient noise and only reduces the sound level when it becomes dangerously loud. Loud noises (e.g. shots during hunting) are faded out above a certain dB value. Communication and environmental perceptions in quieter and safer situations are thus possible despite hearing protection. This means that you can talk without any problems on the shooting range or understand important instructions during use and still be optimally protected from the loud shots. Active capsule ear protection is therefore particularly suitable for hunters and police officers. In fact, it has been specially developed for the needs of hunters, sport shooters, police and military.

How does passive hearing protection work?

Passive hearing protectors, on the other hand, are basically equipped without electronic components and are therefore lighter. Passive hearing protection also effectively attenuates all sounds, regardless of the noise level. However, if the noise level fluctuates, the attenuation can be too high, so that communication or environmental perception in quieter and safer situations is not possible with passive hearing protection. In these cases, active hearing protection with variable sound attenuation is more suitable.

Where can I buy hearing protection for hunters and police officers?

You can find hearing protection products for hunting or police use from various manufacturers and brands. Our wide range includes different types of hearing protection for every purpose.

Leading manufacturers and brands of hearing protection for hunters and police officers:

  • 3M Peltor
  • 3M Protac
  • actiSafe
  • Bilsom Impact Sport
  • MuttMuffs

What does hearing protection for hunters and police officers cost?

The cost of hearing protection for hunters and police officers can vary greatly depending on the type of hearing protection. You can find passive capsule hearing protection from about 25 euros. Active hearing protection, on the other hand, which has been specially developed for the needs of the military and police, costs between 100 and 200 euros.

Our tip: Custom-made hearing protectors with impulse sound filter for hunters and police officers offer the highest wearing comfort and optimum protection.