Support the Hearing Protection Act
Benefits of Suppressors
Noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus are two the most common afflictions for recreational shooters and hunters. Everyone knows that gunfire is loud, but not many people understand the repercussions that shooting can have on their hearing until it is too late. 15% of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high-frequency hearing loss due to exposure noise at work or during leisure activities.
Suppressors reduce the noise of a gunshot by an average of 20-35 dB, which is roughly the same as earplugs or earmuffs. By decreasing the overall sound signature, suppressors help to preserve the hearing of recreational shooters, hunters, and hunting dogs around the world.
Most hunters do not wear hearing protection in the field because they want to hear their surroundings. The issue is, exposure to even a single unsuppressed gunshot can, and often does, lead to permanent hearing damage. Suppressors allow hunters to maintain full situational awareness, white still protecting their hearing, as well as those nearby (including animals). The result is a safer hunting experience for the hunter, and those nearby.
As urban development advance into rural areas, shooting ranges and hunting preserves across the country are being closed due to noise complaints. New developments are growing everywhere and sometimes those neighbors do not care for the noise and start a petition to close the range. Although the gunshot can still be heard, suppressed gunfire helps mitigate noise complaints from those who live near shooting ranges and hunting land.
One of the most common problems for shooters is decreased accuracy caused by flinching in anticipation of the firearms discharge and recoil. By containing the explosion of the gunpowder at the muzzle, suppressors actually reduce both, recoil, and help decrease muzzle flinch. These benefits lead to improved accuracy, better shot placement, and more humane hunts.