I wish i had took hearing protection more seriously the first time i fired my .44 after the 3rd shot i was trying to plug my left ear with my shoulder to ease the db overload (unsuccesfully) and after the 5th shot i had to stop and went home with ears still ringin a tiny bit and pain in my left ear.
Ever since then i have used ear plugs and what a difference, i will never fire a firearm without hearing protection ever again.
Unless my life depends on it...
"God made man... But sam colt made em equal."