We have all been there, wearing ear plugs or standard ear muffs while hunting thinking we are saving our hearing by doing so but at the cost of not hearing that rustle that is a potential trophy that you desire. At some point we have got frustrated and thrown them away saying she’ll be right it’s only a couple of shots…
Well it’s not the case, once your hearing is permanently damaged it’s gone and yes you can have corrective surgeries but at what cost? The ear piercing crack of a .22-250 is approximately 130-140db depending on loads compared to the safe occupational standard of 85db is a significant difference…
So back to our dilemma of safety over practicality and who wins this argument, why can we not have both? We can!
We searched up options and we presented with the Howard Leight Impact Sport Electronic Earmuffs to trial and the results have been nothing short of impressive, the impact sports feature low profile designed cup with allocations to not interfere with the firearm so straight away we have found a manufacturer that has the best interest of the hunter in mind and boasting a very unique sound impulse cut out electronic sensor which activates at 82db.
When donning the Impact Sports we found them to have a very secure yet comfortable fit, the cushion on the cups ensured a low pressure was placed on the sides of the skull eliminating the chance of a headache and/or ear ache from prolonged use, for this review I personally wore these for 4 hours continuously without any signs of tension. I did find them to get a little sweaty during this time however keep in mind I was walking creek beds in 33 degree heat so there is very little out there that will work better!
The great thing about the electronic earmuff is the ability to amplify the sounds around you with the side volume control, with the volume turned up to ¾ I was able to hear sounds at greater distance (40m this test) like people talking normally where at that distance would be nothing more than a mumbling sound almost giving me a sense of heightened hearing! So now we have solved the argument of safety over practicality and it is a perfect way to get your family involved in the sport, all fun and no sharp bangs!
We move onto the AUX jack on the rear of the impact sport, now this is a must for anyone doing long hours on the quads! You can plug your iPod or mp3 player directly to the AUX port and enjoy your favorite tunes while brapping round the crops, and I must say there is nothing sweeter than chasing game with a bit of Metallica blasting away!
The Howard Leight Impact Sport earmuffs come in either Hunter Green or Realtree camouflage design and can be folded up to a smaller profile to fit in hiking packs.
Price: $90-$120 depending on shop specials
Automatic 4 hour shut-off increases battery life
Automatically shuts off loud impulse noise to a safe 82dB while amplifying conversation and range commands
Air Flow Control™ technology
Easy access to the external battery compartment
2 AAA batteries included
For more details > Howard Leight Australia
Ben & Kim Clarke