How To Protect Your Hearing While Shooting Handguns and Rifles

How To Protect Your Hearing While Shooting Handguns and Rifles

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How To Protect Your Hearing While Shooting Handguns and Rifles

One of the most frequent questions I get is what Ear Pro am I using. I suffer from a mild to moderate case of tinnitus, so I take protecting my hearing seriously.

Of course, any ear protection is better than nothing, but here are my go-to ways to protect my hearing when I’m shooting handguns and rifles at the gun range.

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  1. Bob Too on March 8, 2023 at 2:32 am

    two layers keeps the range headache away.

  2. S Singh on March 8, 2023 at 2:33 am

    Everyone is gangsta until they go deaf.

  3. manniefaces on March 8, 2023 at 2:34 am

    How about that NRA? ROFLMAO!

  4. Moshe Shecklebergstein on March 8, 2023 at 2:34 am

    How will this help with the violent scourge of the AR15? So you can’t hear your victims cries while shooting them to death?

  5. John Hayes on March 8, 2023 at 2:34 am

    What music you listen to

  6. Chuck Skiles on March 8, 2023 at 2:34 am

    Good info on hearing protection. Appreciate your comments on FOX!

  7. Mr Patriot on March 8, 2023 at 2:35 am

    I use walkers

  8. Jeffrey W. Wildman on March 8, 2023 at 2:35 am

    I’m completely deaf in my right ear, so I’m looking for the best hearing protection for my left ear.

  9. Colion Noir on March 8, 2023 at 2:39 am

    I suffer from a mild to moderate case of tinnitus, so I take protecting my hearing seriously.
    Over the Ear AKT1 Sports -
    SureFire In-Ear –

  10. Abk2022 on March 8, 2023 at 2:39 am

    I use the surefire also they are good thanks for the info

  11. Sniper .308 on March 8, 2023 at 2:40 am

    Nice way to unwind . I like shooting also. Thanks Colion!

  12. MisteR H on March 8, 2023 at 2:46 am

    I use ear pro the same way. At the range, Surefire Sonic Defenders in ear with the plugs open and the Howard Leight Impact Sport, electronic ear pro on the top. Sometimes at work, when I sleep during meal, I’ll use my Samsung Galaxy Buds+ connected to my iPhone and I’ll have the Howard Leights on top with the electronics off to help muffle the heavy snorers in the lounge or the occasional bang of the door closing and avoid feedback.

  13. Joey 1776 on March 8, 2023 at 2:47 am

    You just get used to it… when you need to actually defend your life you will not have a chance to put ear protection on, so I train without ear protection so I’m used to it.

  14. CJ_4_2A on March 8, 2023 at 2:50 am

    Hey brother got love so happy to see you defending and trying to educate people on the 2nd amendment but it seem s like your videos aren’t as often keep us up on all the info

  15. Wendy Strong on March 8, 2023 at 2:52 am

    Ohio governor just passed the stand your ground law!!

  16. KC on March 8, 2023 at 2:53 am


  17. K. B. on March 8, 2023 at 2:53 am

    I bought the AKT1s they are great. You can hear everything. Need to get some Surefires

  18. RedNeck_Zeus on March 8, 2023 at 2:53 am

    Word of advice, when a politician uses to word clip in the place of magazine don’t correct them. Let them go right on ahead and ban high capacity clips, you don’t need them.

  19. Alan Midkiff on March 8, 2023 at 2:54 am

    thumb up

  20. c jennings on March 8, 2023 at 2:56 am

    I order the akt1 sports from you last week I’m wonder what your opinion is on the in ear version????

  21. donaldo punk on March 8, 2023 at 2:57 am

    Hearing protection? what a novel idea, never thought of that.

  22. Howard Roark on March 8, 2023 at 2:58 am

    I shoot Sporting Clays … You can’t wear the big ear muffs while shouldering a shotgun. I wish someone would make an in-ear system that actually did better than foam ear plugs. I’m only 36 but, I worry about my hearing long-term.

  23. Pauls Country on March 8, 2023 at 2:59 am

    This guy is a gun grabbers worst nightmare.

  24. Jason Criss on March 8, 2023 at 2:59 am

    Just ordered my pair of ATK1s. 🤙

  25. Brian Wolf Gaming on March 8, 2023 at 2:59 am

    I just always double up on ear protection, foam ear plugs and over ear protection.

  26. Righteous One on March 8, 2023 at 2:59 am

    I use same in-ear protection, plus 3M’s strongest ear muffs.
    Excellent for everything from pistol, to rifle.
    I shot over 100 shells with a shotgun with that.
    Highly recommend.

  27. Artist Xeno on March 8, 2023 at 2:59 am

    I need a video from u about the Smith & Wesson m&p 15 ar pistol. Not the 22.

  28. Dr. Hugo G. Hackenbush on March 8, 2023 at 3:00 am

    You want loud? Try a 120mm mortar. Had earplugs under earmuffs.
    Still got hearing damage.

  29. super burrito on March 8, 2023 at 3:06 am


  30. thomas pavelko on March 8, 2023 at 3:07 am

    This is really awesome I do a lot of shooting out in the desert and I have a lot of problem with wind in the headset I use I’m going to probably give these shot

  31. Marty McFly on March 8, 2023 at 3:08 am

    Axil GS Extreme. Fooking awesome ear pro. Try em out if you get the chance. A little pricey but well worth it after I used them.

  32. SoundsLikeSight on March 8, 2023 at 3:08 am

    Tinnitus scares the hell out of me. I always used ear pro since I started shooting but at 34 I’m downright anal about doubling up always now. Indoor outdoor doesn’t matter. Plugs and muffs. Unless you want to hear a whistle in your brain the rest of your life get down with the ear pro. Being deaf doesn’t make you more manly!

  33. Brain Inavatnow on March 8, 2023 at 3:08 am
  34. Rossski on March 8, 2023 at 3:09 am

    Any option for gel cups? Or are they not needed?

  35. DropperKnows on March 8, 2023 at 3:09 am

    Why is Glock so backordered? Empty shelves everywhere. You need to place an order ,and who knows how long you have to wait for them to ship them

  36. Mel B. on March 8, 2023 at 3:09 am

    Hey Colion, great work brother, love all that you do!!

    Something that you might be interested in… the dudes from Black Rifle Coffee Company and you should hook up and have a Range day. I am sure you and they will have a great time!

    Make sure and film it!!

  37. Xyler Kajiyama on March 8, 2023 at 3:12 am

    Thanks Colion now I can hear the freedom seeds hitting

  38. Tim Tran on March 8, 2023 at 3:12 am

    Buy it nice or buy it twice, peltor comtacs!

  39. O K on March 8, 2023 at 3:14 am

    Your ears have a lifespan. One day, you’ll be sitting on the couch, and it will just start, a whistling noise, like a jet engine, and it will never stop. You’ll go to a doctor and you will pay for an MRI, but there is nothing they can do to help you. You will spend yrs learning to cope. It’s called tinnitus. So double up, avoid indoor ranges, and don’t stand next to a 10.5” AR. One mistake on the range, a ND in the lane next to you during cease fire, is all it takes.

    Thanks again Colion

  40. AaronT Guarantee on March 8, 2023 at 3:17 am


  41. Lord Ashura on March 8, 2023 at 3:18 am

    Hearing protection is very important. You might not think it will be a big deal while you’re younger, but once you get older it hits you right in the ear.
    Many military men experience a sudden permanent loss of hearing by the time they hit around 50 and it really affects your life.

  42. Jason Criss on March 8, 2023 at 3:23 am

    Got my #pewpewlife t-shirt & my AKT1s should arrive Saturday.🤙

  43. Simon simon on March 8, 2023 at 3:24 am

    I wet my plastic ear plugs before putting them in my ears it makes a great seal. It feels like when you have water in your ears.

  44. Dublin Gunner on March 8, 2023 at 3:24 am

    Nice video, small bit of advice is to consider the NRR (noise reduction rating) of each style. Not all ear pro works the same, with certain rifles the over the ear muffs can make it challenging to get a good cheek weld. As an audiologist and avid shooting enthusiast I made myself a set of custom ear protection. Combines the best of both worlds and stays put and fits comfortably unlike most “one size fits most” in the ear options. The company that makes them is Starkey and most local audiologist offices that sell Starkey products should be able to make you a set off custom, rechargeable, Bluetooth in the ear hearing protection. They offer a 25 NRR which takes a rifle blast from 165dB to roughly 140dB which is hearing safe. Sound Gear is the name of the company that makes them. They’re in the $1,000 ballpark which is very pricy but considering hearing loss is permanent/debilitating I suggest the philosophy of “but once, cry once.” Not to mention how much money have we spent on our firearms and accessories? Save yourself some trouble and possibly tinnitus down the road by getting good hearing protection. It only takes one blast to cause permanent hearing loss. Otherwise the over the ears rock for shooting handguns and some rifles.

  45. Leer on March 8, 2023 at 3:25 am

    Algorithm boost

  46. Jeff S. on March 8, 2023 at 3:27 am

    I use the surefires inside as well. But I find that the hard plastic flaps hurt my ear. My job requires me to wear ear pro for a total of 8 hours a day and it can get painful. I have tried using the jabras as well. With the hear through function and electronic ear muffs, you can hear crystal clear but there is a humming noise due to interference. There’s also slightly more pressure on my ear.

  47. John Doe on March 8, 2023 at 3:27 am

    So those electronic earmuffs would be best for a home defense situation IF you have time to put them on (like a riot or something) since they allow you to hear still?

  48. MisteR H on March 8, 2023 at 3:27 am

    I found that two levels of ear pro became absolutely necessary at the range no matter what I’m personally shooting. Reason being, I could be shooting a GLOCK 19, like I was this particular time and someone else close by could be shooting a loud, unsuppressed rifle, like he was.

    I was at one of my favorite indoor ranges early in the morning, the guy was four lanes to my right, next to a wall. Not only was the concussion 🌬 of his rifle chest cracking and spine rattling, the sound was eating right through my non-electronic Howard Leight over the ear shooting pro. I had the Sonic Defenders in a cargo pocket. I had initially figured one or the other was sufficient because over the ears are rented by ranges as basic and sufficient safety/protection.

    The other reason I didn’t put the Sonic Defenders in is because sometimes they move and need to be readjusted. I didn’t want to be fiddling with them, twisting them into the ear after they back out a little sometimes. So, I’m shooting and everything is fine. But, once you’re on a hot range, you can’t start totally switching ear pro with naked ears and everything. You’d have to go back out and get re-situated.

    We actually finished up at the same time, this unknown rifle shooter and I, and I ended up holding the door for the guy on the way out. I never saw his rifle, it was back in the case. I asked, “Hey, what were you shooting?” He said, “Oh, 5.56.” I was like, 😳.

    Anyway, that day, I learned a lesson. I got electronic ear pro to help regulate loud sounds and vowed to myself never to go to the range with only one level of hearing protection in again. Ever since then, I double up and advise everyone I’ve brought to a range to do the same.

  49. Christopher Medeiros on March 8, 2023 at 3:29 am

    I have a pair but levels are never consistent and muffled , Need to order this from your site 😉

  50. Angry Christmas baby on March 8, 2023 at 3:32 am

    Just ordered mine! Thanks

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