Hearing protection for firearms

Very loud or long-lasting noise can damage or destroy the sensitive hair cells in our ears.

Since they cannot grow back this damage can leave our hearing permanently affected.

If you use firearms, hearing protection is essential. Without it you can suffer a permanent and severe hearing loss with as little as one shot if the conditions are right.

This loss can often be accompanied by tinnitus, a ringing or hissing in the ears. You can find out more about tinnitus here.


Exposure to noise greater than 140 decibels can permanently damage hearing and almost all firearms create noise over that level.

Firing guns in places where sounds can reverberate or bounce off walls and other structures can make noises louder and increase the risk of hearing loss.

Firearms users who do not wear hearing protection usually suffer high frequency loss. This is often worse in the ear which is closer to the gun. Spectators are at risk of hearing damage and also need to use protection if they are close to guns being fired.


We recommend Sonic Valve earplugs for shooting. The unique valve in each earplug allows the wearer to hear normal sound such as speech and ambient noise. But when a gun is fired it reacts to shut the harmful noise out. They offer protection only when you need it most, allowing you to hear normally when there is no gun being fired.

Read about our Sonic Valve hearing protection

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