Re: re: Hearing Protection........help????
Logjam brings up some very good points. I carry earplugs with me everywhere and pop them in as soon as I suspect the dB level is more than I am confortable with. Another bonus of having your ear blasted is the increased sensitivity and discomfort from high frequency noises.
Say, Mountainview, I suggest you be leery of wearing ear plugs all of the time, or often even. I did the same thing for years and it caused me to develop what the hearing docs call hyperacusus (who knows if it's spelled right). Hyperacusus is when loud noises bother you, sound louder or cause pain.
It can be caused by wearing ear plugs because when your brain figures that noises aren't loud enough it rachettes up your sensitivity. You will note that noises that used to be normal now hurt. Clapping in a movie theater will drive you nuts. Even slamming a car door hurts like hell. I also noticed that I couldn't stand the noise when I slammed the action shut on rifles or shotguns.
So I went to the doc and got some hearing aids. They made sound louder, and wonder of wonders that hyperacusus went away. So I have been cured of it, but my ears still ring like crazy, more than 70 DB.
I do sometimes wear ear plugs when I get around loud, persistant noise, like driving my old CJ 5 with a rag top. The engine noise, flapping of the top and the road noise is very loud to me, so I wear earplugs, but I don't drive the thing much.
I suggest you consider hearing aids. You will be amazed how much more you hear. I couldn't hear the clicker in my car when I flip the turn signal. Now I can. I couldn't hear the kitch timer go off, now I can. You can also get some that shut down when a loud noise is encounterred, such as in hunting.
Hearing aids, however are not cheap. Try Siemens, they made mine, but there are others too. You'll pay over two and a half grand for some, but you may get by with only one.
Achually I don't care much about not being able to hear, what bothers me is the damn tinnitus, and it is debilitating.