Peltor Ear Defenders | Electronic Ear Defenders | Peltor Sporttac - Derek Lee Gunsmiths
Protecting From Firearm Related Hearing Loss
Many sportsmen are not aware that hearing loss happens a little at a time and is permanent. Every single exposure to live gunfire diminishes hearing to a tiny degree. There have been some instances of total deafness caused by exposure to the sound pressure levels of one gunshot. That subtle loss is unrecoverable and builds up over the years. If you have felt pain or heard your ears ringing after firing a gun or being in the presence of one when it was fired, you have lost a little bit of your hearing.
Hearing protectors are an absolute necessity to protect hearing. Peltor manufactures a line of electronic ear defenders that can be worn on all shooting occasions. They are comfortable and appropriate for both sessions at the target range and while hunting. Peltor ear defenders have a microphone and speaker at each ear cup. The earmuffs are sound insulated to attenuate gunfire to safer sound pressure levels to protect delicate hearing.
When normal sounds are present, the microphones transmit clear stereo sound to your ears. You can hear better with them on than with them off. When a loud sound such as gunfire occurs, the sensitive electronic circuitry instantly responds to cut the sound going to the speakers. The sound insulation then protects the ears from the noise. After the sound levels return to normal, the speakers turn back on without the wearer having to do anything.
The Peltor SportTac model of electronic ear defenders is small so as not to interfere with properly holding a long gun such as a rifle or shotgun. The trim profile of the earmuffs permits a good fit of the cheek of the shooter to the stock of the firearm that allows proper aiming. The Peltor SportTac also includes digital circuitry to prevent sudden sound changes that can be annoying.
Peltor ear defenders can save your hearing. If there is no need to be able to clearly hear the outside world around you, then standard non-electronic Peltor ear defenders are available. They are a very budget-friendly piece of gear that every shooter should have available when using a firearm for target shooting or hunting.