Tactical Hearing | NRA 17

Tactical Hearing has committed their self to producing some of the best possible ear protection for both sport shooters and hunters alike. There are several different models of this high-end ear pro starting at about $1200 to above $5000 depending on options. Sure that seems excessive, but when you are adding 10 to 15 dB reduction to what you can get with the best ear pro on the market (that might still damage your hearing slightly) that price sure is a lot cheaper than a hearing aid or a new set of ears.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and TFBTV Host. He likes guns and has liked shooting guns for as long as he can remember. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at TFBpatrick@gmail.com.

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  • Bean Guy

    High end audio equipment can run around the same price – as a dabbler in the audiophile world, the price on these is nothing new.

    • PK

      Agreed. Either to keep sound out or put noise in, great quality audio is very high priced. If you value hearing, protect it.

      • iksnilol

        “if you value hearing, protect it”

        And thus get something better than this.

  • chedolf

    Tactical Hearing has committed their self

    Itself? Themselves?

    • Swarf

      *they own selfs…

      • Longhaired Redneck

        *they own selfises! It’s plural dammit!

      • Edeco

        *theys selfs*

  • EdgyTrumpet

    “31db and more”
    Yet they don’t mention the noise reduction ratings on their product pages and their FAQ claims it’s 25-30.
    Seems kinda screwy tbh.

    • QuadGMoto

      I have a pair of custom earplugs from a different company. It turns out the exact db reduction depends on the size of your ear canals. In my case, the canals are large and one is larger than the other. So the db reduction of my personal plugs is higher than advertised and one ear is even higher than the other.

  • Calavera

    It would appear the price reflects the high-end audio enhancement and noise cancellation function, more than noise reduction. My hearing Doc is an avid shooter himself, and recommends doubling up (plugs and muffs) if not needing to hear constant directives from an RSO. He tells me here’s no getting around it: in-ear electronic noise cancelling systems may at best achieve about 25 decibel NR. The sound spike from a shotgun or .357 mag pushes 165 decibels. Hearing damage occurs at over 85 decibels. Only 40% of my hearing remains. Doc tells me I’ll likely be losing 3% each year from here on. Hearing loss is truly a hidden disability. For many of you, like me, the damage may have started early on, with no noticeable discomfort or warning signs at first. If you’re a shooter, get your hearing checked each year. Stay on top of it.

    • iksnilol

      I’ve always been saying this, electronic ear pro isn’t really ear pro.

      (also, your 85 db figure applies to constant sounds, gunshots are instant sounds).

  • I am considering these to help my deafness.

  • TechnoTriticale

    re: It would appear the price reflects the high-end audio enhancement and noise cancellation function, more than noise reduction.

    I suspect it reflects market positioning. They may think they have a unique feature set.

    Their web page is not entirely satisfactory, omitting, for example, response time (and if that’s moot because they clamp all output to under 85dB, they need to say so).

    These are cheap compared to prescription hearing aids, but those are more expensive only due to being regulated medical devices, controlled by licensed monopoly gatekeepers. You must pay the troll to cross that bridge.

    Sport hearing assist devices aid hearing, without being hearing aids™. Their makers get as close to the bridge as they can without awakening the FDA troll. DSP sport devices could easily provide personalized spectral correction, for example, but TH doesn’t offer that, no surprise.

    I concur on the limitations of these devices for noise protection. They will be much more practical in some brighter post-HPA age, although perhaps not for .357 wheelguns, where a can just can’t, really.

    • TechnoTriticale

      re: I suspect it reflects market positioning.

      It might also be in anticipation of H.R. 1652, the “Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act”. If that passes, TH is positioned to quickly offer these as proper hearing aids, and perhaps even offer field upgrades.

  • FOC Ewe

    “their self”

    WTF?

  • At these prices wouldn’t it make more sense to just get fitted for a pair of hearing aids, since they incorporate electronic noise reduction anyway?

    • Swarf

      Good question.

      • I have a friend who’s nearly deaf without his hearing aids, and he never bothers with earpro when we go shooting because they just automatically shut themselves off and become custom-fit 100% blockage earplugs.

        • Calavera

          Not a good idea. My hearing Doc tells me hearing aids provide no protection. Not what they were designed for. Screen door on a submarine: also, most hearing aids have an opening to allow air to circulate in/out of the ear. Sound passes readily through. I remove my hearing aids, and use plugs and muffs to preserve what little hearing I have left.

  • Edeco

    Frankly I don’t always stuff foam plugs to proper tightness, but do use plugs and muffs. My earmuffs alone are technically enough, but if they get bonked out of position and the guy next door lets loose with a Bubba & Bubba Gunmaking Firm bespoke, sporterized M91/30 in 300 B&B Magnum…