My dad started taking me duck hunting when I was 8. That was around 1968. We did not wear any hearing protection back then . Never heard of anyone wearing it for hunting until many years later. I did not go to an official range to shoot until I was much older and hearing protection was the norm.
I always wear plugs and/or good muffs now. Gotta protect those ears. Only have the two.
I have been playing drums since I was 7. There has been a little damage done from that and the cymbals and playing in bands. I have been using ear plugs for that also for many years.