Saturday, November 2, 2013

Highs and Lows- The Cowboy Junkies Blog

Sarah McLachlan had just finished "Angel," the last song on Mirrorball. I replaced the CD with Pale Sun, Crescent Moon, from The Cowboy Junkies and Margo Timmins was launching into "Crescent Moon."  One of the joys of a new car is the sound system.  Face it, the old truck's system sucks but the new car's rocks.  Lows in the basement and crystal clear highs reaching the sky.

Amazingly enough, I can still hear both highs and lows. Even after years of Rolling Stones, Guns and Roses and all sorts of other hard rocking folks combined with years as range officer at the department.

The reason is simple. Hearing protection.

There are two basic types; plugs and muffs. We carry both and both have their place.  Plugs are great and are easier to shoot long guns with. Muffs can get in the way of a good cheek weld but they can also dampen the conduction of noise impulses through the bones around the ear.

And, especially if you'll be shooting indoors around others, think about doubling up with plugs and muffs. I did this frequently during department shoots, wearing sonic ear plugs and putting electronic muffs over them.

Electronic muffs allow, even amplify, lower volume sounds but will cancel out higher volume noises.

If you need new ear protection, look for the type that will best serve your needs and check for a high NRR (Noise Reduction Rating). When in doubt, ask us and we'll help find what will best serve you.

OHHH! I just found a youtube of Natalie Merchant singing with the Cowboy Junkies, gotta go..... But here, you can listen along....Misguided Angel

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