I have been wondering how I can protect my hearing in case I was involved in a moments notice shooting. I don't want to wear head ear muffs or tension band ear plugs around my neck whenever I go somewhere. I thought about wearing ear plugs that pretty much hide in my ear canals so I could be more of a concealed carrier. The only problem with that is it is really difficult to hear any conversation with anyone. I imagine having ear plugs in when involved in a shooting might be a point of attack in a trial because they could say I couldn't hear what the bad guy might or might not have said before the bang. So I came up with this idea which I think could solve the problem. Wear an ear plug in the ear on the side I hold the gun. The other ear is left open. In case of shooting a gun I put my finger in the open ear before pulling the trigger. Another good reason to train shooting one handed wouldn't you say? Perhaps I just saved my hearing from being shot out. Just ask yourself would your hearing be blown out if you shot your gun three times back to back? Imagine you are not in an open area so the bang repercussion has nowhere to dissipate away from you. Yeah you hold a gun in front of yourself while inside a car and you pull the trigger pointing towards a window. You might kiss your hearing goodbye. Perhaps you are hiding in your house closet hoping the BG doesn't see you. But he does see you and you have no choice but to pull the trigger. I got news for you, the ear on the side you hold your gun will very likely lose 25% if not more of its hearing ability. That's if you shoot one time. Now imagine shooting back to back 3 or more times. You might have no hearing left in either ear if you just ruptured your eardrums. With one ear plugged and a finger in the other ear that is a legal silencer. I was talking to a guy that worked for the VA processing claims for veterans and I asked was hearing problems a big concern with veterans. He said the number of veterans with hearing loss is very high. I don't want to lose my life or my hearing. Try this legal silencer that is as close as your fingertip yet still be able to hear conversations. What do you think about this? Is it something that makes sense to at least consider doing? Perhaps if I carry a gun then I should also have an ear plugged. Say whaaat?