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Old November 27, 2012, 11:59 AM   #22
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I'm not a doctor either, but I do not believe that one to three shots fired from a .38 special, .380 or smaller caliber, from within a vehicle would cause permanent hearing loss.
You are wrong.
Any of those cartridges fired in the open would cause permanent hearing loss to some degree. Fired in a closed vehicle the effect would be increased greatly.

Check out this link to see the various sound pressure levels of many cartridges. Of the 12 center fire pistol cartridges listed the lowest level is 152.4 dB for the .32 S&W long. This is well over the thresh hold to cause hearing loss.
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