I've worn electronic ears for years now but neither the recoil nor the blast ever bothered me under hunting conditions and I certainly wasn't flinching enough to screw up a shot at 15 feet.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.