I’m a huge fan of in-ear hearing protection as opposed to over-the-ear hearing protection. While ear muffs have much better sound mitigation capabilities, I just can’t stand the heat and sweat they generate on a hot day. Howard Leight has just introduced their very own offering of in-ear noise canceling hearing protection with the New Howard Leight Impact Sport In-Ear models.
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New Impact Sport In-Ear Hearing Protection from Howard Leight
- Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): 29dB
- Separate Hear-Through volume control
- Realistic, natural Hear-Through functions with analog circuitry
- 9mm dynamic range speaker
- 2x omni-direction in-ear microphones
- Device actively listens and automatically stops amplification when loud impulse sounds exceed 85dB (when operated in power-on/default setting)
- 8 different volume override increments to optimize hearing in the field by providing up to 6X sound enhancement
- Run time up to 50 working hours per charge
- 2-hour charging time
- USB-C charging port and cable included
- 200 mAh lithium battery
- Flexible, moldable ear hooks for all-day comfort
- Convenient, compact carry case
- 3 pairs of foam ear tips (small, medium, large)
- Stealthy, OD Green color
- Item # R-02700 / UPC: 033552027003
- MSRP $120
The new in-ear hearing protection will feature a single cord that serves to both hosts the earbuds controls as well as tether them to your neck when not wearing them. The earbuds feature a Noise Reduction Rating of 29 dB, a rechargeable 200 MAh lithium battery, hear-through volume control, automatic attenuation of dangerous sounds over 85 dB, a highly comfortable fit, and great retail prices below $170.
The Standard model features all the same hearing protection and noise mitigation and sound amplification you’ve come to expect from the Impact Sport over-the-ear models but with a much lighter and low profile design that won’t make your head sweat in hot summer months. The standard model will be sold for an MSRP of $120 while the Bluetooth-equipped model will sell for $165.00. Each set of hearing protection will come with a soft-sided carrying case.
I much prefer the in-the-ear hearing protection options over the over-the-ear ones simply because they are more comfortable and don’t make my head sweat. An additional bonus is that the in-the-ear options also tend not to interfere with getting a solid cheek weld on a rifle stock which makes for fewer complications on the range.