The decibel reading of a gunshot is easily in the 145 to the 190-decibel range, which is more than loud enough to cause hearing loss. Even a small-caliber gun, such as a .22-caliber pistol, produces a sound in the 140-decibel range, so anyone who fires a weapon regularly must get proper ear protection or risk significant hearing loss.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be difficult to protect your hearing from modern firearms. There are plenty of earplugs and headset models that are not only capable of protecting the wearer’s hearing but are also comfortable to wear. I know because I’ve reviewed ten of the best ear protection for shooting and have listed them below.
My Picks for The 10 Best Ear Protections For Shooting
#10 Gloryfire Electronic Shooting Earmuff
These shooting earmuffs are designed in the U.S and feature a noise reduction rating of 25 decibels. However, they’re also equipped with omnidirectional microphones that allow the wearer to hear sounds around them. This allows them to be used by hunters who are listening to the sound of animals. It only shuts off these microphones when the ambient sound reaches a level above 82 decibels. These headphones require 2 AAA batteries to operate and feature a comfortable headband that makes them easy to wear for long periods.
#9 Howard Leight Impact Electronic Shooting Earmuffs
What’s great about these headphones is that they protect the wearer against high-decibel sounds but allow them to listen to the environment around them. They’re equipped with omnidirectional microphones that amplify ambient sounds around the wearer, but automatically shut off when the decibel rating reaches 82-decibels. These headphones have an NRR of 22 and are equipped with low-profile earcups that allow for proper firearm stock clearance. They’re powered by 2 AAA batteries, are equipped with 4-hour auto-shutoff features, and have a 350-hour battery life. They’re also available in colors that range from classic green or camo, to pink or purple.
#8 Howard Leight High-Noise Reduction Headphones
Since these headphones have a 30 NRR rating so that it passively blocks out sound at 30-decibels and it also has omnidirectional headphones that allow the wearer to hear sounds up to 82 decibels, it’s easy to see why these are a popular form of ear protection for shooting. These headphones allow the wearer to protect their hearing from the explosive sound of a firearm but also allows them to listen to animal sounds while they’re hunting or field commands at the shooting range. These headphones are also comfortable to wear and they feature a 3.5 mm connection cord that can be used with scanners and MP3 players.
#7 Ucho Shooting Earmuffs For Shooters
These zero-pressure headphones provide an excellent level of hearing protection and are not only comfortable to wear but are also stylish, too. They’re available in either yellow or army green and they use advanced hearing protection technology to keep the shooter’s hearing safe. These headphones have an NRR of 34, which makes them one of the best shooting earmuffs available. And since these headphones are lightweight and can be folded up easily, they can be taken just about everywhere they’re needed.
#6 ProCase Noise-Reduction Earmuffs For Shooters
These headphones might be inexpensive but they do provide a decent amount of hearing protection for their price range. They have an NRR rating of 28, are ANSI S3.19 certified, and features an adjustable headband that’s comfortable to wear for extended periods. They’re constructed with an ABS-shell and feature 360-degree rotatable ear cups for comfort. They’re also available in one of two different colors, solid black or red. These headphones are designed for people who don’t need heavy-duty ear protection but need inexpensive hearing protection instead.
#5 Mpow Noise Reduction Safety Ear Muffs
These shooting earmuffs are also designed to be an inexpensive solution for people who don’t want to spend a fortune on ear protection. Even though it only has an NRR of 28-decibels, it’s designed to hold up to heavy use and is comfortable to wear. It uses two layers of noise dampening foam and has a double shell that cancels out noises quite well. It also features an adjustable headband and doesn’t weigh a whole lot, so it’s almost like not wearing shooting earmuffs at all. And since one size fits all, just about anyone can wear these headphones to protect their hearing while they’re shooting.
#4 Pro For Sho Shooting Ear Protection
An ever-increasing number of hunters and gun enthusiasts are migrating to these quality earmuffs from Pro For Sho. Why is that the case? It’s because these headphones provide some of the best hearing protection available. These lightweight earmuffs provide 34 decibels of hearing protection, some of the highest hearing protection currently available. They also are lightweight and are durable, too. Another thing to like about these headphones is that they’re available in several different colors, including colors such as black, yellow, pink, teal, white, army green, poppy red, coyote brown, and bright blue.
#3 Decibel Defense Safety Ear Muffs For Shooting
These earmuffs provide some of the best hearing protection of any product currently being sold. They have an exceptional 37-decibel NRR rating and are comfortable enough to be used for long periods. They have a padded cell design that’s lightweight yet effective, and they can be easily folded for packing into a gun bag. They’re a product that’s not only good for using while shooting firearms, but are also useful when the wearer is using power tools or mowing their lawn. And because they conform to ANSI S3.19, CE EN 352-1, and OSHA standards, consumers can rest assured they’re a quality product.
#2 Awesafe Electronic Shooting Ear Protection
These headphones not only feature low-profile ear cups that allow for proper firearm clearance, but they also have an adjustable headband that makes them extremely comfortable to wear. They have an AUX input and 3.5mm connection, so they can be used with radios and scanners, and they’re powered by two AAA batteries. They have omnidirectional microphones that allow for proper field communication but they also have an NRR of 22-decibels. Their electronics are also backed by a 5-year guarantee by the manufacturer, so consumers can rest assured they’re getting quality hearing protection.
#1 Walker’s Razor Slim Electronic Ear Muffs
What makes these the best ear protection for shooting? It’s not because they have a high decibel rating and it’s not because they’re stylish, it’s because they have the perfect combination of features that make them quite useful to any shooter. This is true regardless of whether they’re hunting or shooting at the range. They have a rating of 23-decibels, are comfortable to wear, and they feature two HD omnidirectional microphones that enable clear communication while the wearer is using them. All of these features make these headphones worthy of a look by anyone looking for adequate hearing protection while they shoot.