Hearing is important. After our sense of sight, it is the most important sense for navigating and responding to the world around us, it's one of the ways that humans pass along important communication, and it's a wonderful means of transferring information from "stuff out there" to "stuff in the brain."
As hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, it helps us to hear the call of the game we are chasing. It lets us know when two bucks are sparring and it lets us perceive the majestic, almost primitive sound of an elk bugling in the distance. We can study bird calls and learn about the dangers they are telling each other about. If a tree falls in the forest and we are nearby, it will produce a sound that we can hear (jury is still out on if it makes the same sound and nobody is nearby).
For these and other reasons, protecting your hearing is extremely important. In this guide, we're going to cover some of the science behind sound and hearing. We're going to dig into why we lose our hearing and what is actually going on inside that melon that sits on top of your neck. Finally, we're going to discuss the different types of hearing protection available. So strap yourselves in and if there is something you don't understand, just ask me to speak up!