- Jan 21, 2019
Hello and welcome from Wake County, North Carolina. I have a question for you. How do you protect your hearing when working with artillery? I have quite a few modern day firearms and a couple of black powder pistols and they are loud enough even with earmuffs and earplugs. I bet your ears ring for days after an reenactment.
I like to use cotton, straight from the field. If I take a seed, still covered in fiber, roll it tight and place it in my ear canal, it stops the concussion. I think the solid seed is what does it, rolled cotton fiber without the seed is not nearly as effective. Also, as you likely know, opening your mouth allows the pressure wave to hit both sides of the ear-drum, preventing large amounts of movement. Also I wear a beaver fur hat with a 5 inch brim (the one in my picture). When I'm on the gun I tip it down to allow the hat to deflect the shock-wave away from my ears...