[SHOT 2024] Axil X-PRO Innovative Passive Hearing Tech

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[SHOT 2024] Axil Introduces Innovative Passive Hearing Tech

In a bold move pushing the boundaries of passive hearing technology, Axil, a leading innovator in the hearing aid industry, is set to introduce the X-Pro system: a new earbud that maintains ambient noise while filtering louder noise over the 85-decibel limit, all without the aid of electronics.

The X-Pro device employs ingenious mechanical innovation in maintaining its functionality. Inside each earbud is a mechanical valve designed to react to noise levels over 85 decibels. When in contact with loud noises exceeding this limit, the valve instinctively expands, effectively blocking the path of sound to the auditory canal. This innovation can reduce volume inputs by 10-18 decibels, which can significantly limit potential ear damage without disrupting general sound intake.

What sets the X-Pro system apart is its entirely mechanical function. For users, this spells the absence of batteries which can be both a hassle for constant recharging and an additional expense for replacement. It offers a practical approach to noise management while maintaining aural engagement with the environment.

[SHOT 2024] Axil Introduces Innovative Passive Hearing Tech
Axil plans to bring this revolutionary solution to consumers at an accessible price point, with the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) expected to be around $25 to $30. The product will become available through dealers, retail channels, and direct purchases through Axil.

Company representatives have spoken about the task of catering to average shooters. “These earplugs were made to be affordable enough for average shooters,” an Axil spokesperson said, underscoring their goal to reach a broad user demographic with the innovative technology offering.

The release of the X-Pro system is slated for March. However, ANSI testing processes that aim to ensure compliance with safety standards may cause a delay of a few weeks. Regardless, the product is much anticipated and is expected to marshal a new era of passive hearing technology once it hits the market.

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  • Roamer Roamer on Jan 30, 2024

    the valve instinctively expands.....
    instinctively? really?

    • BaconLovingInfidel BaconLovingInfidel on Feb 04, 2024

      @Roamer The valves are infused with fainting goat, puffer fish, and frilled neck lizard DNA.

  • Uncle Yar Uncle Yar on Jan 30, 2024

    Finally, a competition to the Surefire Ear Defenders (filtered earplugs).

    I'm pretty sure the filters in Surefire EPs are solid state. Just a very tiny borehole as far as my eyes can tell. Tinier outlet hole than the tip of a half inch long safety pin. Surefire also claims their filters deform under loud impulse noise as to basically block the sound wave from traveling through that bore hole.

    I've used Surefire plugs. With the filters open (for situational awareness with mechanical loud impulse gating), reduction of background noise is very negligible. Far less background noise reduction than just lightly touching your palm over the ears. These things should work wonders for situational awareness as well. Neither are hearing safe when used alone with filters open. It doesn't have to be. It delays the worst of hearing loss, but more importantly - reduces your natural tendency (vis a vis no plugs) to wince and flinch when things go boom. It's not good for your ear health, and definitely don't go shooting braked SBRs with filtered plugs only. But it's better than naked, and that's what matters. It's small enough to carry everywhere and anywhere, cheap enough to buy spares for many people, and works with all sorts of head gear.

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    • Uncle Yar Uncle Yar on Feb 04, 2024

      @BaconLovingInfidel OSHA wise, I agree. For equipping a large force on a shoestring budget? That's a compromise I'll live with.