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Best Shooting Ear Protection

Best Shooting Ear Protection

According to Brian J. Fligor, Sc.D., Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 10 million Americans have already suffered irreversible hearing damage from noise; thirty million are exposed to hazardous noise levels each day.  Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss, and one of the most common occupational illnesses in the United States. The noise from gunfire is one of the most hazardous non-occupational noises that people are exposed to. It’s possible that a single gunshot heard by an unprotected ear can lead to immediate and permanent hearing loss, often accompanied by tinnitus or ringing, hissing or humming in the ears. A single shot from a shotgun, experienced at close range, may permanently damage your hearing in an instant.

Dr. Michael Stewart, Professor of Audiology at the University of Central Michigan and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, says that exposure to noise greater than 140 dB can permanently damage hearing, without protection. Almost all firearms create noise that is over the 140-dB level, says Dr.Stewart.  Firing guns in a place where sounds can echo or bounce off walls and other structures, like inside a building or some indoor shooting ranges, can make noises louder and increase the risk of hearing loss. Stewart goes on to say that shooters who do not wear hearing protection while shooting can suffer a severe hearing loss with as little as one shot if the conditions are right. So just because you might have shot without shooting ear protection in the past, and without apparent hearing loss, does not mean you might not damage your hearing the next time. So, it’s important to wear hearing protection every time you shoot a gun to avoid possible hearing damage. Once your hearing is damaged, it won’t come back.

When using a firearm either to keep up with your law enforcement training requirements or if you’re using a firearm for recreational purposes such as hunting, for example, it is imperative to select the best shooting ear protection.  We offer a wide variety of gun ear protection that is UL certified to prevent hearing loss.

Below we have included images of two similar suggested firearm hearing protection sets, both the TEP 100 and TEP 200 along with the features of each electronic hearing protection device.  Both devices provide best in class shooting ear protection!


TEP-100 Electronic Hearing Protection 


3M PELTOR TEP-100    


 3M Peltor TEP-200



Best Shooting Protection

In addition to the 3M TEP-100 and TEP-200 electronic hearing protection options, we have include details here on the 3M Peltor Hearing Defender. The hearing defender is an over the head headband headset that was specifically designed for shooting ear protection.


Selecting the best shooting ear protection really is a matter of personal preference. Our knowledgeable staff has over twenty years experience in reselling these trusted 3M Peltor shooting ear protection products.  Please do not hesitate to call us at 800-991-4569 to determine which hearing protection options is best suited for you.



Peltor comtac iii vs Msa Sordin

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), more than 2.7 million veterans currently receive disability benefits for hearing loss or tinnitus, a ringing in the ears. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports the entitlements to reach in excess of $1.2 billion for compensation for the care of hearing loss and auditory system injuries in over 1.8 million Veterans in 2012 alone. The U.S. Military tries preventing hearing loss by providing warfighters with hearing protection.  Popular brands in hearing protection are the Peltor Comtac iii headsets and the MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X headsets.  Both the Peltor Comtac iii and Sordin headsets were developed to correspond to international military specifications and are designed specifically to prevent hearing damage. Both of these noise canceling communication headsets are able to provide clear communication with ambient listening and feature instant impact noise protection.  When choosing between the MSA Sordin VS Peltor Comtac iii, users will want to consider several factors. These factors include hearing protection (noise reduction rating), amplification of soft sounds, ease of use, comfort, and cost. Noise protection is one of the most important features to consider when choosing hearing protection. Peltor Comtac III offers NRR 20dB. 3M Peltor Comtac iii headsets are tested at a 3M NAVLAP accredited facility. The Sordin has only 18dB NRR in comparison. With both headsets, loud volumes that can potentially cause hearing loss are suppressed, and low volume sounds are amplified providing seamless two-way communications. With this amplification feature, the user can easily hear people talking at any volume level. When comparing the MSA Sordin vs Peltor iii, both headsets have good hearing protection although the Peltor Comtac iii seems to have a higher NRR rating.  Both the Peltor Comtac iii and the MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X are available in various models.  Model features include either single comm or dual comm headsets. Also, both noise protection communication headsets are available in various colors which include coyote brown, olive drab green, black, or foliage green.   Below we have included a list of the features of each respective noise canceling communication headset for your consideration. 

3m peltor comtac iii vs msa sordin:


Features of Peltor Comtac iii


  •          Specially designed to fit with military issued helmets
  •          Offers same features and functionality of COMTAC II.
  •          The new profile gives added comfort during extended wear.
  •          500 Hours Battery Life.
  •          Improved Audio Fidelity and Clarity.
  •          Headband model - FB.
  •          Level-dependent surround sound providing talk thru functionality



Features of MSA Sordin Pro X


  •          Provides optimum protection with high amplification, AUX input, and watertight battery compartment.
  •          Both earmuffs are shaped to suit both right-handed and left-handed shooters (for comfortable rifle mounting).
  •          Two separate, well-shielded microphones for optimum stereo effect and location of sound direction. (waterproof mics in Pro-X model)
  •          High amplification and natural sound reproduction without chopping.
  •          Around 600 hours of battery life with two standard AAA batteries.
  •          Power saving auto shut-off feature after 4 hours of no button input.


Image of Peltor Comtac iii 

Peltor Comtac iii


 Image of Msa Sordin Supreme Pro X

MSA Sordin

In comparing prices between the two respective headsets Peltor Comtac iii price ranges online between $549-$700. The MSA Sordin price ranges between $750-$1250 depending on the specific headset model.  To prevent hearing loss both headsets provide exceptional hearing protection in high noise environments that require seamless two-way radio communications. To view the large variety of our Peltor Comtac iii headsets we have available click here Peltor Comtac iii.  Also please feel free to contact our knowledgeable staff at 800-991-4569 to discuss the various hearing protection solutions that are available.