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April 8, 2007, 11:07 PM
Would a shotgun going off about 5 inches from your ear do permanent damage without any ear protection or what?

April 8, 2007, 11:29 PM
If it is pointed at your head it will definately do some permanent hearing damage because your head will have a large hole in it.:)

April 8, 2007, 11:33 PM
by your ear not at your head hehe :P

April 8, 2007, 11:43 PM
Me and my buddy were waterfowling...him being new shot it RIGHT next to my head (12 Gz. 3") and i heard a riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing like in all those video games...i thought it was bs...but i couldnt hear the rest of the day and i couldnt hear "normally" for two and a half days....: /
Im fine now : P

April 9, 2007, 02:02 AM
Ummm.....That is how I lost my hearing in my one ear as a kid. :( At least I can still hear ok out the other. Wish I still had my hearing aid. :(

April 9, 2007, 07:25 AM
Hearing loss is possible with any shooting.
The ear can take only so much over it's lifetime.
From what I understand tiny hairs inside the ear are broken off during this type of abuse and they do not grow back. Lose enough and you lose hearing.
Doctor told me to wear protection around shooting and machinery(lawnmowers) keep the music down and don't ride with the window down.

Jeff Mulliken
April 9, 2007, 08:49 AM
Yes, permanent.

Why would you let anyone discharge a gun with the muzzle that close to your head anyway?


April 9, 2007, 09:49 AM
yeah over time,

jus like riding a motorcyle without ear protection can cause hearing damage overtime, (air rushing over ear at 70mph...), it's the long term effect, not the fact that you recover for the most part in a couple days...

April 9, 2007, 12:10 PM
Don't go hunting with this guy anymore. He is a safety hazard. It ain't worth it. Hunting etiquette is very important. Some things you don't do with friends and this is one of them.

April 9, 2007, 10:51 PM
Me and my buddy were waterfowling...him being new shot it RIGHT next to my head (12 Gz. 3") and i heard a riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing like in all those video games...i thought it was bs...but i couldnt hear the rest of the day and i couldnt hear "normally" for two and a half days....: /
Im fine now : P
You probally have permanent hearing damage. You may not notice it, but it happened. If your ears are ringing, they were damaged.

April 9, 2007, 11:03 PM
No noticable damadge
Every now and again I hear a slight biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing realy really quiet but i dont think its bad...It was dangerouse what he did and i was Pissed....He should have maintained his zone of fire....
How can I see if my hearing is still good?
I had a pair of cheapo plugs in at the time.......

April 10, 2007, 12:17 AM
Cumulative. Like any loud noises. Just one more tap on your hearing.

April 10, 2007, 01:30 AM
Make an appointment with your doctor to see an audiologist. Sometimes steroids are prescibed to help your body deal with the damage and recover some of the hearing. And yeah, I'd say anyone that did something like that next to me wouldnt be hunting or shooting with me ever again.

April 10, 2007, 07:01 AM
Your hearing can be damaged irreparably if a shotgun muzzle is next to your ear when the shot is fired. Especially for older people whose elasticity is lower than those of the younger. Other factors include angle, powder charge, and whether or not your mouth was open (the inner ear, separated from the outer ear by the ear drum, is connected to your through via the eustacian tube. If your mouth is open there is less shock transferred to the bones of your inner ear) However in most cases you will suffer temporary hearing loss until your ear heals itself.

April 11, 2007, 06:28 PM
Get your ex-hunting a copy of Bob Brister's book "Shotgunning" and have him read the chapter entitled Shotgun Etiquette. Excellent reading for everyone. I have been hunting over 50 years and I learned a few things about manners and safety. I really thought I knew enough but I surely didn't. Hunting is not a contest and even competition shooting with thousands of dollars riding on each shot is no excuse to violate even one rule in his book. A must for every shooter. I bought mine from alibris.com.

You will see references about Bob Brister throughout these gun forums about the art and science of shotgunning. BUT--He starts it off with etiquette and manners. I can't overemphasize the importance of reading it and following it to the letter.

DO NOT HUNT WITH THIS SHOOTER AGAIN!! He has jeopardized your safety to get in a shot. I can just about assure you that your hearing will never be the same again. You will probably have tinnitus in that ear forevermore and you will fail every hearing test given you in the future due to your not being able to hear the sounds made that are like your ringing sounds. I have it due to an incident before the military required hearing protection in the 1950's.

April 11, 2007, 07:08 PM
Always use eye and hearing protection, can't get back what you loose!

44 AMP
April 22, 2007, 05:01 PM
You have it. You may not realize it, but you have it. If you have take an audiology exam before, take one now and there will be a slight difference in the high frequency range.

Since your hearing has returned to "normal", you were lucky only in the amount of damage you took. But you did take some damage. If you properly protect your ears from now on, you may go the rest of your life with no more hearing loss. Things like this are cumulative. Each time it happens, you recover less and less of your hearing. I know.

A lot of us older shooters have some degree of hearing damage, because we were not smart enough when we were young. As a teenager, I once had a "friend" fire a .30-30 with the muzzle about a foot from my left ear. He had a good laugh. I was able to return the favor later that day, with a .308 carbine. He didn't think that was funny. Needless to say, not only did I never shoot with him again, I would NEVER even think of doing that to someone today. But 35 years ago, I wasn't so smart.

Believe me, the last thing you want is to wind up with the word you say to your wife the most being "What?'

No joke. Not Funny!

April 22, 2007, 10:52 PM
Yea, 44AMP .... Believe me, the last thing you want is to wind up with the word you say to your wife the most being "What?'
I am there and it makes me very popular!:eek:
On the other hand, once she gets used to it, it is amazing how much can just be ignored ... especially if you are whisztling!:D Oh, I'm sorry dear, I didn't hear you!

Fat White Boy
April 27, 2007, 09:19 PM
I can't hear certain frequencies in my left ear from my military days. I didn't know it until I had a hearing test as part of a pre-employment physical. The audio tech comes out and says," Were you ever exposed to any loud noises?" I replied, "like 2 tours in SE Asia?" I also have tinitis(Riniging) in the ear. I have gotten to enjoy it. If I am having trouble sleeping, I lay on my side and listen to it. For some reason, it relaxes me...

April 28, 2007, 12:12 AM
Yeah, I wear ear muffs now. I got tested every year for the government. Things weren't so cool when I tested right behind the 50 year old.

April 28, 2007, 08:12 AM
Hearing loss can be either result of cummulative or sudden exsposure.
any sound over 90Db is uncomfortable and over 110Db can result in permanent loss. Examples of noises over 110 are gun reports, rock music concerts, lawn mowers.
Normal conversation occurs at 40-50Db.

Hearing protection while shooting and using power tools is highly recommended.

An example of sudden hearing loss was President Reagan when his hearing was severley affected in one ear as a young man by an unexpected gun report close to his ear.

April 28, 2007, 10:39 AM
Most likely it would. But it depends on a lot of factors.

April 28, 2007, 05:11 PM
In a word yes. Probably a lot of psychological damage too. If anyone let any gun off 5" from my ear, he would probably get 2 blacks eyes and a broken nose to go along with his broken in half gun.