Well my hearing is shot, my ears have been ringing now for close to 20 years. It is about as loud as when someone claps their hands loudly close to you and your ears ring. Background noises kill all distinction between voices and woodland sounds. I bought the Quad Muffs and they do work, but man I hate them things. So this year I am buying a new rifle and having it outfitted with a suppressor. This will be my deer rifle so it will be a bolt action and I am looking at something in 243, 25/06 or 308. Have any of you had any dealings with public grade suppressors? I know they run around $750 and the permit runs around $200 per year but if I can retain what little hearing I have it will be worth it. Any help will be appreciated.