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.)
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.
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