Painless, Progressive, and Permanent. That is the reality of hearing loss over time. Although hearing aids can make a difference in many lives, the sound quality is not the same as natural hearing, which can’t be recovered once lost. However, hearing loss is preventable in many cases through the use of ear plugs and ear muffs. Even when you’re not shooting at the range, everyday noise can affect a critical sense needed for situational awareness and just enjoying life.