Make your own ear impressions for custom hearing instruments with the EZ Impression Kit by E.A.R. Customized hearing protection units require the end user to have an ear impression made, but this can be difficult to do if you cannot find a provider or facility to make them for you. To meet this need, E.A.R. has created the EZ Impression Kit, which comes with user-friendly instructions and everything necessary to make accurate impressions, including an order form, prepaid mailing label and the box for sending your ear impressions to the lab. Once you have your ear impressions, they can be used to make a variety of custom hearing instruments, from hearing protection to noise/water plugs. MSRP $60.
Hear-Through Hearing Protection
The INVISIO X5 headset is designed exclusively for INVISIO’s range of advanced hearing protection systems and is fundamental for both the INVISIO X50 and S10 systems. The dual-sided in-ear hearing protection headset features stateof- the-art external microphones for natural hear-through and six sizes of exchangeable foam plugs for unbeatable hearing protection. The X5’s low profile is compatible with helmets, gas masks or circumaural headsets and provides crystal-clear communication even in extremely noisy conditions. MSRP $1,050.
Effective for cellphone calls and two-way radio communication, Sensear’s speech-enhancement technology recognizes the different properties of speech and background noise, thereby reducing background noise to comfortable levels while retaining the original sound characteristics of speech. This allows users to communicate face to face, at short distances and long distance via two-way radios and Bluetooth cellphones in high-noise environments while maintaining situational awareness to determine the nature, distance and directionality of all sounds, including speech, machinery, vehicles and alarms. Other advanced features include hands-free communication with VOX activation, a lithium-ion battery offering up to 20 hours of continuous use and voice-navigated menus. No external antenna is required. Available in earmuff and earplug formats. MSRP $1,199.
SecureEar is worn inside the ear canal. After a hearing care professional fits the instrument based on an impression of your ear, SecureEar acts like a plug that dampens gun noise. This high passive protection can reduce the blast of a rifle by up to 35 decibels SNR (NRR under evaluation). SecureEar also incorporates hearing technology that picks up and slightly amplifies the sounds of your surroundings (including soft sounds like leaves rustling or normal conversation). It acts like an acoustic telescope that you can adjust to suit the occasion. MSRP $995.
Westone Laboratories’ DefendEar custom-fit hearing protection earpieces provide an effective, comfortable and repeatable fit unmatched by over-the-ear muffs or foam earplugs. The DefendEar AXHPK (Style No. 40) is a solid, full-thickness earpiece specifically designed to provide maximum in-the-ear protection and attenuation on the firing range. The DefendEar AXHPK is hand-crafted using OtoBlast, a proprietary high-grade silicone available in a palette of unique colors and patterns. Add SlickSil AM, an anti-microbial earpiece coating, to your DefendEar custom-fit hearing-protection earpiece and you’re ready to practice double taps. MSRP $160.