According to Brian J. Fligor, Sc.D., Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 10 million Americans have already suffered irreversible hearing damage from noise; thirty million are exposed to hazardous noise levels each day. 

Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss, and one of the most common occupational illnesses in the United States. The noise from gunfire is one of the most hazardous non-occupational noises that people are exposed to.

It’s possible that a single gunshot heard by an unprotected ear can lead to immediate and permanent hearing loss, often accompanied by tinnitus or ringing, hissing or humming in the ears. A single shot from a shotgun, experienced at close range, may permanently damage your hearing in an instant.

Dr. Michael Stewart, Professor of Audiology at the University of Central Michigan and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, says that exposure to noise greater than 140 dB can permanently damage hearing, without protection. Almost all firearms create noise that is over the 140-dB level, says Dr.Stewart.  

Firing guns in a place where sounds can echo or bounce off walls and other structures, like inside a building or some indoor shooting ranges, can make noises louder and increase the risk of hearing loss. Stewart goes on to say that shooters who do not wear hearing protection while shooting can suffer a severe hearing loss with as little as one shot if the conditions are right.

So just because you might have shot without shooting ear protection in the past, and without apparent hearing loss, does not mean you might not damage your hearing the next time.

It’s important to wear hearing protection every time you shoot a gun to avoid possible hearing damage. Once your hearing is damaged, it won’t come back.

When using a firearm either to keep up with your law enforcement training requirements or if you’re using a firearm for recreational purposes such as hunting, for example, it is imperative to select the best shooting ear protection. 

We offer a wide variety of gun ear protection that is UL certified to prevent hearing loss.

Below are some images of two similar suggested firearm hearing protection sets, both the TEP 100 and TEP 200 along with the features of each electronic hearing protection device.  Both devices provide the best in class shooting ear protection!


TEP-100 Electronic Hearing Protection 


3M Peltor TEP-100 

3M Peltor TEP-200



3M Comtac III Hearing Defender in Coyote Brown

In addition to the 3M TEP-100 and TEP-200 electronic hearing protection options, we have include details here on the 3M Peltor Hearing Defender. The hearing defender is an over the head headband headset that was specifically designed for shooting ear protection.

Selecting the best shooting ear protection really is a matter of personal preference. Our knowledgeable staff has over twenty years of experience in reselling these trusted 3M Peltor shooting ear protection products.  Please do not hesitate to call us at 800-991-4569 to determine which hearing protection options are best suited for you.

Have you experienced hearing damage before? Or are you looking to protect your hearing? Let us know in the comments below.


About the Author

Nick Hohman is the Vice President of First Source Wireless. Nick has used his knowledge of 3M headsets to improve communication in public safety. He has attended several communications conferences including International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), and International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE).

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