Decibel Defense

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posted on December 17, 2013
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Brownells Pro Series Hearing Protector features 26-decibel noise reduction, multidirectional microphones and 360 degrees of coverage. Earcups contain individual volume controls, along with replaceable leather seals. They accept N-size batteries and provide more than 200 hours of battery life. (800) 741-0015; brownells.com

Low-profile earcups offer an uncompromising cheek-weld, making Caldwell E-Max Low-Profile Hearing Protection must-have gear. An easy-to-access battery compartment and external power light lessens the likelihood of forgetting to turn them off. 
(573) 445-9200; battenfeldtechnologies.com

Offering 25 decibels of protection, Champion Electronic Ear Muffs contain compact dual mics that temporarily shut down to protect from harmful noise levels. Collapsible for easy storage, an extra-thick foam headpad ensures comfort. (800) 635-7656; championtarget.com

Ultra-slim Howard Leight Impact Sport protectors feature cut-outs on each earcup for hassle-free mounting of buttstocks. Directional mics amplify natural sounds, and momentarily shut off at 82 decibels. The non-deforming headband folds for compact storage.  An AUX input provides connection with audio devices. (800) 430-5490; howardleight.com

The Peltor Tactical Sport Hearing Protector amplifies normal sounds, while lessening potentially harmful ones. With a choice of black or orange interchangeable shells, a built-in audio input enables them to interface with a radio. An automatic shut-off helps preserve batteries. (800) 665-2942; peltor.com

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