Protecting your ears from the high decibels that a firearm can produce is extremely important. A normal conversation typically takes place at 60 to 70 decibels. At around 90 to 95 decibels, the potential for hearing loss can occur. So while you may not think that 9mm Luger round is that loud, you are potentially causing damage to your ears. Read Elizabeth Nauman’s review on the pros and cons of custom-molded ear plugs. You won’t believe your ears!