I agree with most of the comments already posted.
Those that know me, or have talked to me on the phone.
Know that I have little hearing in one ear, & partial in the other.
And that I have to use a hearing impaired, speaker phones.
I would highly recommend folks, use hearing protection.
Especially during shooting & loud machinery.
But I will rehash what I have said before, on this subject.
IF you C/C, hunt, or are a LEO.
You NEED to fire your weapon, WITH OUT hearing protection.
At least once or twice a year.
The reason for this, is simple.
IF you need to shoot your weapon, in a cinch.
You WILL know what to expect, from the blast.
"If we ever forget we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under." Ronald Reagan
A Man WITH a gun is a CITIZEN, a Man WITHOUT a gun is a SUBJECT