Top 3 Reasons Why In-The-Ear Electronic Hearing Protection Will Enhance Your Shooting Experience
Spring is here and it’s time to take a look at your shooting equipment to make sure that you are ready for the range!
Optics…check. Ammo…check. Range apparel…check. Bench rest…check. Hearing protection…check…or at least you think “check” when in actuality the vast majority of shooters simply confirm the $39 over-the-ear earmuffs they’ve owned for decades is still in their range bag. Spending a little time and money in some in-the-ear (ITE) electronic hear pro can greatly enhance your shooting experience.
Here are three reasons why:
1. Better concentration on the line
Ear muffs are not designed for shooting. Shooters are wearing the same ear pro that a jack hammer operator uses to protect their hearing. Does this make sense? It shouldn’t. That’s why when you move to find your cheek on your stock, you first have to deal with the ear muff scratching the stock, taking your focus off your mark until you’ve adjusted your ear pro. ITE ear buds tuck into your outer ear and offer no interference with your shooting position.
2. Non-interference with eyewear
When you put their ear muffs over eyewear it creates a break in the seal between the ear muff and the head, dramatically (I’ll provide some statistics from an Army Research Lab on a future post) reducing the effectiveness of the hearing protection benefits, essentially causing gradual hearing degradation every time you shoot. ITE hear pro provides full hearing protection with or without eyewear.
3. Convenience and Comfort
This point is simply made by way of comparision:
Ear Muffs: hot and uncomfortable, have to be removed to talk to your buddy or your class, bulky, uncomfortable when worn with head gear.
ITE electronic hear pro: comfortable in all weather conditions, don’t have to be removed to talk to your buddy or your class, lightweight, transparent when worn with head hear.
Think twice before sub-optimizing on your ear pro. Invest a few extra dollars in ITE hear pro. Show Less.