The single most common long-term shooting-related injury is temporary to permanent hearing loss. Even when purpose-built hearing protection is worn by shooters, the cumulative effect of shooting over many years is, quite literally, deafening.
I should know; though I use some of the most effective muff-style hearing protection in the industry, I often come back from a session testing ammunition, patterning a new shotgun, or running drills with a new rifle with a persistent ringing in my ears for hours afterward.
“Suppressors significantly reduce the chance of hearing loss for anyone who enjoys the shooting sports,” said Chris Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. If leading Democrats really are interested in real, “common sense” firearms legislation instead of merely gutting the Second Amendment, they’ll quick signal their support for Rep. Salmon’s bill, and perhaps even introduce a companion Bill in the Senate to help the Hearing Protection Act become law as soon a s(sic) possible, perhaps even this year.