Product review: Etymotic GunSport PRO High-Definition Electronic Earplugs


When I’m shooting by myself, I prefer the comfort of foam ear plugs rather than muffs, especially on a hot Florida summer day.

However, if I’m taking a class and need to hear the instructor, I’ll usually don electronic muffs and then put up with the ensuing SES (sweaty ear syndrome.)

Enter Etymotic and their GunSport PRO High-Definition Electronic Earplugs.

They’re the first electronic noise-cancelling earplugs I’ve ever tried, and they’re fantastic.

The set, which retails for around $300, comes with the electronics, an assortment of different sized plugs, a lanyard, filters and cleaning tools, a hard case and batteries.

Most notable: they include two sizes of foam plugs, which I have always found more comfortable than plastic plugs.

The earplugs have two sound settings: natural, as if there’s nothing in your ears, and enhanced, which amplifies your normal hearing by five times — 5X.

On the enhanced setting the sound gathering is unreal — almost too much for a normal conversation but perfect for hunters, LEO or military applications.

Like with electronic muffs, the plugs shut down for gunfire or whenever the noise exceeds safe levels.

The manufacturer states they plugs offer a noise reduction of 25 dB.

The sound quality is crystal clear, but that’s not a surprise. Etymotic has been making high-end earphones and earbuds for years.

So far, I’ve worn the plugs while shooting at outdoor and indoor ranges.  They’re so much less bulky than muffs and, of course, they don’t shift or move around. Also, there are no pinching issues that can occur when you wear ear-pro over your eye-pro.

To sum: Well worth the money for serious shooters.

About Etymotic

Etymotic is a research, development and manufacturing company that designs high-fidelity audio products and hearing wellness solutions to assess, enhance and protect hearing. Forover 30 years, innovation and education have been central to Etymotic’s mission. Etymotic is one of the most respected leaders in high-fidelity audio and hearing conservation. For more information about Etymotic, its hearing wellness mission and its products, please visit


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. I have a pair similar. My only problem with them is battery life. I definitely need to see if someone sells rechargeables.

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