Howard Leight Earmuffs Review
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then your ears are… well, what you listen with. And just like other parts of the body, they need a bit of TLC or else, you risk suffering some loss of hearing. Loud noises are some of the worst threats to your sense of hearing, which you slowly lose anyway as you grow older. This is why it is important that you invest in some kind of hearing protection like Howard Leight Earmuffs, so that you can keep your ears working for another few more years before nature takes over.
Hearing protection comes in any number of forms with varying degrees of effectivity. From simple earplugs to full-sized noise cancelling headphones, hearing protection limits the amount and intensity of sound that goes into your ears. Blaring noises can cause severe, sometimes irreversible damage to your ears, causing you to lose your hearing temporarily, or possibly rupture your eardrum and lose it for good. There’s a reason why another word for “loud” is “deafening”.
If you hunt or shoot, either professionally or for sport, your ears can get hurt by the sound of a gunshot. In fact, the sound of a gun being fired is reputed to be the most damaging non-occupational noise that leads to hearing loss. Fortunately, there are products such as the Impact® Sport from Howard Leight Earmuffs that can help keep your ears safe. Howard Leight is a leading global provider of passive and intelligent hearing protection solutions.
Features of Howard Leight Earmuffs
While the Impact® Sport does have an AUX jack that lets you connect your iPod or other portable music player, you attention will probably not be on what you can hear, but on what you can’t. The Impact® Sport automatically caps off loud impulse noise from firearm discharge and keeps it down to a safe 82dB. At the same time, it amplifies external sounds so that you can hear simple conversations and range commands.
You need to remember that the Impact® Sport are electronic earmuffs and not high fidelity headphones. No matter how high you crank up the volume, the noise limiting circuitry will always maintain a healthy level of 82dB. That being said, the AUX input jack does let you listen to podcasts or music with the Impact® Sport, just don’t expect too much in the way of sound quality and frequency response.
Design and Durability
The Impact® Sport features a pair of compact ear cups attached to an overhead band. Both are cushioned for comfort, and can be folded up into the headband for easy storage. Each of the two ear cups has a mic that work independently of one another, and a dial lets you adjust the volume level of the amplified sound. One problem that other earmuffs often encounter is getting hit by the gun stock upon recoil because of their close proximity. The Impact® Sport remedies that by incorporating a low-profile design, giving it a look that is both sleek and functional. It also offers a higher clearance for firearm stocks than other earmuffs. The Impact® Sport is lightweight and easy to carry around with you on hunting trips and at the firing range. It is powered by AAA batteries, and is equipped with an automatic shutoff feature that turns the earmuffs off after 4 hours in order to save battery power.
Value for Money
You really can’t put a price on safety. But if you could, it would probably be the $40 price tag stuck on the back of the packaging for the Howard Leight Earmuffs. With a noise reduction rating of 22dB, as well as the ability to effectively maintain a safe 82dB cap for background noises, the Impact® Sport protects both your ears and your pocket from excessive abuse.
The Impact® Sport from Howard Leight offers some of the best hearing protection on the market today. If you constantly get exposed to intense noise, or even if you don’t, the $40 investment is well worth paying. However, you need to be aware that while the Impact® Sport was designed to suppress impact percussive noises such as firearms discharge or hammer blows, it may not be as effective against uninterrupted noise, like the sound of a lawnmower or car engine. Nonetheless, between its features, cost, and effectivity, the Impact® Sport is truly one of the best pairs of electronic earmuffs out there.