Wow ---- lets dissect this a bit ---- when I hunt its usually outside ---- no walls for the bang to bounce off of -- when I park the muffs go on my head before I get out of the Jeep & stay on till I get back in -- and in my younger days --- my ass was on the line oodles of times ---- a clear - purposeful mind will help ---You wouldn't be anyway. I'm not saying shooting with no ear pro doesn't damage your ears, but have you ever noticed that when you're on the range and you get caught with your muffs off your ears ring? When your hunting that doesn't happen. When your *** is on the line it won't happen either. There is a degree of "Auditory Shutdown" when adrenaline is pumping.
"There is a degree of "Auditory Shutdown" when adrenaline is pumping" = I'd call that panicking --