View Full Version : Electronic Ear Protection, help please!

July 25, 2011, 12:25 AM
I am looking for some good electronic noise reduction headphones/ear muffs, the ones that amplify voices and range sounds, but block or reduce the gunshots. What do you guys recommend? I don't mind spending if they last and are good,but I have to buy three, one for me and one for each of my sons, so if they don't work well, it will be costly. What should we buy or what should we consider?

Thanks - Chris

July 25, 2011, 06:03 AM
i would look for a pair that compresses the loud sound, and doesnt shut off. this to me is a safety concern. i have a pair of pro ears for 6 or 7 years now, and just changed the batteries.these have been used in the cold wet rain during hunting without a problem.good luck in your search

July 25, 2011, 08:22 AM
Thanks! More suggestions/opinions welcome.


July 25, 2011, 12:09 PM
You aren't describing noise-cancelling headphones. These would be used in aircraft to electronically eliminate the background of engine noise.

You are describing sound-muting noise suppressors.

I like my Peltor Tac-6 set.

July 25, 2011, 12:18 PM
Yes, you are correct. That is what I want. Noobie mistake. I was looking at the Peltor and equivalent from Howard Leight (sp?), but thought I would get some opinions before buying one. Edited my original post.

Thanks - Chris

July 25, 2011, 02:15 PM
Noise reduction rating (NRR) on electronic muffs is generally around 26.
If shooting indoors you really need both plugs and muffs. You can turn the muffs up to offset some of the quieting of plugs except for when the muffs mute- then you get double protection.

July 25, 2011, 02:53 PM
Investigate "Pro Ears". I have two pair, one for my hunting, and one for range wear. - - Be sure you purchase a quality pair whatever you decide upon. There is a microsecond delay - hopefully "very few" microseconds - between the shot and the cut-off of the electronic circuity. During this time your muffs may actually be amplifying normal conversation... :( Not good when a heavy round is fired; if the circuity is slow to respond.

On the range, I agree with a previous comment - 'wear ear plugs too.'

July 25, 2011, 03:54 PM
MSA Sordin makes some nice stuff. If you need to buy 3, it will add up in a hurry.


July 25, 2011, 04:03 PM
+1 on the Peltor Tac-6 set.

Got a great deal on some and we love em. Just always carry a spare set of batts in case you leave them on in between shooting sessions :cool: