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Ears ringing after firing?

Unread postAuthor: raptorforce » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:09 pm

When I shoot my spudgun my ears are always ringing a little bit after each shot, but goes away after a couple seconds. Im not sure if its the gun or the area im shooting in, because my backyard is surrounded entirely by walls, and maybe the sound reverberates off the walls.

the gun really isnt that powerful:
1 inch ball valve.
4ft 1inch pvc for air chamber
and 3 foot barrel

even when nothing is in the barrel so there is no resistance it still rings
I also have a T- shape mock compensator on the barrel, and I wonder if that is part of the problem, because all my previous spudguns are basically the same but dont have a T, and my ears never ring from those.

I cant really test it anymore because a joint failed and the subsequent pressure destroyed the gun a bit.
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:19 pm

It's the pressure from the cannon damaging your ears that causes the ringing.

Wear hearing protection in the future.


Yes it can be the fitting you added to the barrel. On firearms with muzzle brakes the blast is directed backwards which makes the sound of firing much louder compared to letting the blast be directed forward. There's good reason for it, such as reducing recoil which is probably not what your attachment is doing.
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Unread postAuthor: raptorforce » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:35 pm

i think it is the attachment because that has never happened before with previous cannons, and they did not have the attachment
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Unread postAuthor: squidchicken » Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:18 am

when I fire my gun I always use ear muffs, way too loud to just use without
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:08 am

Answer: Use hearing protection. Always use hearing protection.

I never use my launchers without hearing protection, and I will often fit earplugs when using my suppressed .177 air rifle - the latter is perhaps a little excessive, but males in my family have a history of quite serious hearing loss in middle age and I like my hearing.

The thing is, as of yet, medical science can't fix damaged ears. All they can really do is shove amplifiers in them, so don't take chances with your hearing.

It also can't fix damaged eyes very well either. So if you're not using any, find some eye protection while you're at it.
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Unread postAuthor: Labtecpower » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:11 am

Another ear protection user here.

I allways use it when i'm shooting.
When using it, my concentration is better, and it improves my aiming.
It is also very nice that you can clearly hear the muzzle blast, and the projectile hitting the target.
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Unread postAuthor: clemsonguy1125 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:57 pm

Besides hearing protection, a longer barrel will make it softer as well as a supressor.
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Unread postAuthor: motorfixer1 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:39 am

If the ringing lasts for longer than a few seconds it is ilkely your ears being damaged. You could use a tape recorder to record the shot and if the ringing is present its not your ears. As for hearing protection it only takes a few seconds to put on and goes a long way. Typically hearing damage doesn't show up until later in life and makes life miserable for you and those around you!!
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