I, too, suffer from permanent hearing loss and tinnitus (constant ringing). Too many years of loud music and gunfire. I use custom-molded electronic protectors from E.A.R. that look like hearing aids and are effective. They block out loud noises over a certain decibel level but allow normal conversation to pass. I religously use them at the range, but I have to force myself to use them hunting. They are the best thing I have seen, though.