Here’s our choice of some of the best electronic ear defenders on the market

Silence may be golden, but it’s certainly not best achieved by damaging your ears – and with the plethora of choice in electronic ear defenders we have today, there’s simply no reason not to wear hearing protection. Numerous shooters complain of deafness, and, possibly the worse affliction, tinnitus – a constant ringing sound. The old ear defenders, which meant that you were cut off from the world, are no longer inflicted on us – today’s clever technology means you can not only hear ambient noise, but you can hear what a Gun at the other end of a line says, or the beater warning of a bird approaching. If you’re on a rifle range, you can hear instructions or your spotter’s comments, but still rest assured you won’t have damaged your hearing in the long-term.

Most 12-bore gunshots produce a sound of around 150 to 160 decibels (db), while a .30-06 rifle with a 24in barrel produces around the same. Consistent exposure to sounds of more than 95db is bad, and noises of more than 120db can cause permanent damage to your hearing in seconds.

Here are four of the best possible products in the electronic ear defender market today.

Howard Leight Impact Sport ear defenders

Howard Leight Impact Sport

Howard Leight Impact Sport

  • Battery life: 350 hours of two AAA batteries
  • Weight: 458g
  • Automatic shut off: Yes
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Waterproof: Water resistant
  • Sound protection: Blocks sounds above 82db
  • Warranty: 12 months
  • Price: £98.99
  • Extra features: Low-profile design for ease of use; air flow control ensures comfort for long use; AUX jack and bluetooth connection to allow for attachment to hunting radio.
  • Website: Edgar Brothers 
Sordin Pro X Electronic Earmuffs

Sordin Pro X Electronic Earmuffs

Sordin Pro X Electronic Earmuffs

  • Battery life: 600 hours of two AAA batteries
  • Weight: 310g
  • Automatic shut off: After four hours
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Sound protection: Blocks sounds above 82db
  • Warranty: Five years
  • Price: from £180
  • Extra features: Two separate microphones give stereo effect with amplification up to 10 times; removable headband is washable; AUX input for hunting radios; available in black or green cups; slim cups for comfort, with cutaway on one side to prevent stock hitting cup.
  • Website: Starkey Headsets 
3M Peltor Sporttac

3M Peltor Sporttac

3M Peltor Sporttac

  • Battery life: 600 hours of two AAA batteries
  • Weight: 318g
  • Automatic shut off: Yes
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Waterproof: Weatherproof
  • Sound protection: Reduces harmful levels of sound to 26db
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Price: £109.69
  • Extra features: Interchangeable shells, in five colours; attachment to hunting radio possible; smooth active-volume function means sound isn’t cut off abruptly.
  • Website: MMM

 

Caldwell E-Max LP Electronic Ear Defenders

Caldwell E-Max LP Electronic Ear Defenders

Caldwell E-Max LP Electronic Ear Defenders

  • Battery life: Untested, two AAA batteries
  • Weight: 408g
  • Automatic shut off: No
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Waterproof: Water resistant
  • Sound protection: Blocks sounds above 85db
  • Warranty: 12 Months
  • Price: £53.99
  • Extra features: Two microphones offer stereo sound; low-profile earcup for ease of shooting.
  • Website: Edgar Brothers