Safeguarding the sensory cells from the negative effects of muzzle blast waves can be made possible with devices designed for providing shooting ear protection. They can prevent the entry of harmful noise waves into the ear by two distinct methods. The first method is by covering the ear canal and the second method is by sealing the sound sensitive bone in the rear ear region. Ear muffs are recommended to be the most optimum devices for shooting ear protection due to their safe design in accordance with the ANSI S-3.19 and CE-EN-352.1 standards.
Safety of Sensory Cells with Shooting Ear Protection
The hair cells within the inner region of the ear and the ear canal vibrate at specific frequencies depending on the sound waves entering the ear. They are responsible for transforming the vibrations into electrical impulses. These impulses are transmitted through the auditory nerves to the brain which interest them into meaningful sound and noise. Once they get damaged or destroyed it is not possible to regenerate them.
- The noise from gun muzzle blasts can subject the cells to rapid vibrations within a few milliseconds of time interval. When these vibrations continue over an extended period, the cells can get excited beyond their maximum tolerance limits. This can cause stress and fatigue. The intensity of each blast can decrease the lifespan of the cells to considerable extent, finally destroying them.
- The shooting ear protection methods used by the ear muffs can safeguard the sensitive cells from getting exposed to excess of muzzle blast waves. This is achieved by reducing the intensity of the noise waves. The ratio buy which the noise gets reduced can be determined by the efficient way in which the device is designed.
- There are two types of ear muffs which can provide shooting ear protection. The passive forms have no battery or electronic component support. They are called conventional ear muffs. The active forms have high end electronic assemblies and battery support. The user may choose any form depending on the requirement. However the functional range of conventional shooting ear protection device is said to be more compared to the other forms. This is said to be due to their headband, ear cup and foam pad and cushion texture and combination. They can be used for medium as well as high intensity noises, including the impulsive noise generated by gun blasts. They not only protect the sensory cells within the ear, but also help to preserve their healthy functional conditions.
- The users are able to wear the protective ear muffs over extended period of time without any sort of discomfort. This is made possible by the structure of the shooting ear protection device. After sealing of the rear ear bone and the external ear canal from high pitch noise, the device provides sufficient cushioning, sweat and heat absorption as well as free space within the ear cups’ interiors for the ears. Tight fitting with feather touch secure grip makes it possible to hold the device without letting it slip while climbing, kneeling or bending. ClearArmor 141001 Shooters Hearing Protection Safety Ear Muffs are the most industry standard shooting ear protection devices. Available online today.