Hearing loss is a HUGE problem — especially for us shooters. In fact:
People who use firearms are more likely to develop hearing loss than those who do not. The reason? Firearms are loud. Almost all firearms generate noise levels above 140 decibels.
To put that into perspective, a military jet taking off at full blast is quieter than the sound of a gun being fired. To combat the loud sound of firearms, we have to wear ear protection.
But, the truth is:
Ear protection won’t always be available. For example, if my house is getting robbed by an armed robber, I most likely won’t have enough time to put on some earplugs. And even then, I’d like to hear EVERY footstep the intruder is taking so I can respond efficiently.
That’s why suppressors are a big deal — and why they’ve picked up a lot of traction. Here are five things you should know about suppressors.