Obviously, in training, .mil folks use hearing protection. Heck even I did. We wore ear plugs in the engine spaces and on the fantail when we made it a shooting range.
But what of regular soldiers in the field/combat?
Now I understand wanting to have all your senses alert, and dulling them with ear plugs while on a patrol might be bad. You aren't firing the whole time, naturally. But what of sound dampening headphones? A grunt could get a helmet with one of those built in. And those MAGNIFY the quieter sounds to actually help you locate a hidden bad guy.
I have a feeling the answer is "some few billets have that, and the Army would love to have it more widespread, but it will take time to disseminate them to ALL the troops, as money is better spent on body armor."
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