On Monday, October 28th, the American Suppressor Association (ASA) received a letter from the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) outlining their support for the use of firearm suppressors as a tool to mitigate hearing damage. In the document, NHCA also explicitly supports the Hearing Protection Act and similar legislative and regulatory reforms that seek to make suppressors more readily available to law-abiding gun owners. Penned by NHCA President Amy Blank, the letter was a response to years of inquiries by ASA staff.
“The positive ramifications of the National Hearing Conservation Association’s letter of support for suppressors cannot be understated,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the American Suppressor Association. “ASA has worked for years to educate members of the medical and research communities on the realities of suppressors; assisting research, hosting demonstrations, and presenting to various boards, committees, and executive councils. We commend NHCA for being the first national medical association to take a fact-based position in the suppressor debate. In doing so, NHCA has affirmatively put to bed the false assertion that suppressors and suppressor related advocacy are not about hearing safety.”
The National Hearing Conservation Association is comprised of the world’s leading experts on hearing loss. Their ranks include preeminent audiologists, scientists, physicians, engineers, and other experts from government, industry, medicine, and academia.
As an independent organization whose mission is “to prevent hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society”, NHCA’s unbiased support reaffirms what ASA has said all along: suppressors are a hearing protection device that helps make shooting safer.
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I am 75 and wore muffs since about 45 years old. I still have hearing lose from shooting and probably other loud activities. I have spent 600.00 on suppressor taxes just to try and mitigate noises while I am hunting to cull animals for herd control and adjusting sights on rifles for that purpose. Some of us need more hearing protection in our jobs not just as a hobby.
I received permanent hearing loss as a result of a single shot from a .308 rifle that had a muzzle brake attached. I was the first person to my shooting range and simply forgot to put my ear muffs on (I had three in my range bag at the time). As soon as I pulled the trigger, I knew that I had just made a huge mistake… I STRONGLY believe that suppression should be available to all that enjoy shooting as a pastime and/or sport. I just do not understand why the federal government has determined that suppressors should be regulated as they are! Suppressors are not dangerous, firearms maybe, but we are talking about hearing protection…
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