The Impact Sport Electronic Earmuffs from Howard Leight are the number 1 selling electronic earmuff on the market. They are competitively priced, low profile, comfortable to wear, and best of all, they work very well. These electronic earmuffs are designed to do two things. First off, they protect your hearing by cutting off any noise that exceeds 82 dB. A quick Google search pointed me to information on OSHA’s website which shows the set cutoff exceeds OSHA standards. The second thing the Impact Sport does is amplify ambient sound up to 82 dB. This means that although gun shot noise is reduced, you are still able to clearly hear other things around you.
How many times have you been out shooting and pulled your hearing protection off or to the side so you could have a conversation? With this product, that is no longer necessary. While wearing them you can hear everything perfectly fine without anybody needing to raise their voice. Not only are your ears better protected but awareness is raised because you can now hear range safety officer commands and RSO’s can hear and respond quicker to any situations that may arise. If you are taking any firearms training classes, you should have these. In fact, there are some training facilities who actually require electronic hearing protection for all students and staff. Those of you who may already have some hearing loss will appreciate the ability to turn up the volume so you can hear instructions. For hunters, you can turn the volume all the way up and get 3x amplification for the sounds around you. This allows you to hear hogs, deer, etc…as they approach.
The microphones located on both sides of the headset are used to pick up the noise and feed it through for processing. These earmuffs have a noise reduction rating of 22 dB. There is also a mini plug that you can use to connect an iPod or similar device so you can listen to music. Audio levels are adjusted by an easily accessible knob on the side of the units.
They weigh in at 10.5 oz with the 2 included AAA batteries which are said to have a 350 hour life. There is a 4 hour auto shut off feature in case you forget to turn them off.
I decided to shoot the video for this review at Discount Firearms & Ammo because their store carries the product and one of their employees, “Brooklyn” John, has had experience with several different types of electronic earmuffs. When I asked John to help out, he happily agreed. Check out the video below to see how the Impact Sport worked for him.
Last January I bumped into Chris Leight at the SHOT Show. Chris took a few minutes to talk with me about the full line of Howard Leight products and really went into the specifications and sound measurement in great depth.