If you landed here wondering: What is the best ear protection for shooting? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We have found the top ear protection products when it comes to shooting, but some of the products can very well be used as ear protection for concerts, etc.
With all this in mind, here is a table that has a breakdown of what each headset and earplug we’re going to be reviewing can offer you. These are considered the best ear protection for shooting purposes. If you need the best ear protection for shooting 2017 then have a look at the table below and see our top recommendations.
|Name||Noise Reduction Rating||Weight||Directional Mics/ Aux Inputs/ Microphone Jack|
|ClearArmor 141001||34db||9.4 oz||No|
|Howard Leight by Honeywell Sound Amplification Earmuff||22db||12.8 oz||Directional Mics and Aux Inputs|
|3M Peltor X2A||24db||10.4 oz||No|
|SureFire 4 Sonic Defender Ear Plugs||24db||2 oz||No|
|Peltor Sport Tri-Flange Corded Reusable Ear Plugs||26db||.3 oz||No|
|3M Peltor Tactical 6S||19db||5.6 oz||Directional Mics|
|3M Peltor Comtac III||21db||18 oz||Directional Mics, Aux Input, Microphone attached|
|MSA Sordin Supreme Pro-X with LED||18db||10.1 oz||Direction Mics, Aux Input, Microphone Jack|
|Radians 25 Pair Disposable Uncorded Foam Ear Plugs||32db||<.5 oz||No|
|Howard Leight by Honweywell SmartFit Corded Multiple-Use Ear Plugs||25db||1 oz||No|
We definitely hope the list above has helped you pick the best ear protection for shooting.
I don’t think that anyone could argue that shooting loud, large caliber firearms is a lot of fun. But that fun come with a cost; the fact that, over time, exposure to any sort of loud noise will damage and degrade your ability to hear. It’s a problem that many people face if they’ve spent a lifetime, say, playing rock and roll music, or working around aircraft engines, or if they’re avid hunters or people who enjoy the shooting sports. But it doesn’t have to be that way, especially for the people in that last category.
In the last few decades, there have been numerous attempts to lessen the sound produced by shooting and, thus, the damage that shooting can do to your ears. Since gunpowder first became commonly used, be it in a cannon or a musket or blunderbuss, people have been using things like cotton to protect their ears. In the early 1900s, technology and understanding of gunpowder and firearms had become advanced enough that the Maxim silencer was produced, attempting to control the escape of gasses from the discharge of a firearm. These have advanced in the century since its advent, but they’re not widely available.
Best Ear Protection for Shooting, Concerts and Loud Environments in 2017
So, how can you enjoy shooting sports, hunting, and just plain plinking, but not run the risk of tinnitus and other damage to your ability to hear? Ear protection, of course. I’m talking about ear muffs and ear plugs that will reduce the noise reaching your ears. These are rated (Noise Reduction Rating, or NRR) by how much they can reduce the noise you experience by.
Each point of ‘NRR’, means that it can reduce the noise you experience by a decibel point. Of course, that’s not the only aspect of the headsets to be considered. Some headsets have ‘noise cancelling’ technology, which basically means that it has microphones mounted on the headset which will shut off at a certain decibel level to protect your ears.
Some headsets have ports for you to listen to your various devices, like a radio or an iPod or what have you. Some have microphones attached, or jacks for a microphone, so you can speak to people via a radio (not included).