CDC Study: Use Suppressors to Reduce Noise Exposure

With the reintroduction of the Duncan-Carter Hearing Protection Act, suppressors have been thrust to the forefront of the national political debate. According to many traditional gun control advocates, firearms are not loud enough to cause hearing damage. They make definitive statements, like this one from a recent LA Times articlethat, “there’s no evidence of a public health issue associated with hearing loss from gunfire.”

To this end, they could not be more wrong.

In a study from 2011 entitled Noise and Lead Exposures at an Outdoor Firing Range ─ California, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found the following (see page 5):

“The only potentially effective noise control method to reduce students’ or instructors’ noise exposure from gunfire is through the use of noise suppressors that can be attached to the end of the gun barrel. However, some states do not permit civilians to use suppressors on firearms.”

If you still don’t believe that hearing loss is a public health issue associated with gunfire, and that suppressors help hunters and recreational shooters reduce their exposure to dangerous noise levels, there is likely nothing that we can say that will change your mind. Just know that the correct term for your opinion is willful ignorance.

Full CDC Study: CDC Study – California Firing Ranges 



This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. kennith clements

    noise suppressors are a must have for anyone who shoots on a regular basis. They are essential in preventing hearing loss.

  2. Stacy Rakestraw

    Gunfire absolutely does cause hearing loss. Mufflers are required by law on all engines to reduce noise pollution. Suppressors should be made readily available for the shooting industries and sports. If you disagree with my statement,I challenge you
    To spend 8 hours in an indoor shooting range!

  3. Steve

    I hade good hearing when’s in the army came back with 82 percent lose gun noise dose kill hearing

  4. ASA

    Yes sir. This is the #1 expense of the VA – noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus for our veterans. Thank you for your service! We’re doing what we can to insure that our service members have the tools they need to protect their hearing.

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