Most people headed to the shooting range bring ear protection, either in-ear or earmuffs, because the range requires it (and because most firearms are really loud, especially with the noise bouncing off the walls at indoor ranges).
Outdoor ranges offer a slightly less harmful experience since the vibrations aren’t bouncing right back at you, but the decibel count remains the same.
But errant comfort and range requirements aren’t the real reasons you should want to properly protect your ears.
In this life, we only get five senses, and they ought to be protected as best we can. Loud noises are not only unpleasant, but the vibrations cause real damage to the inner mechanisms of our ears.
9mm caliber side arms are a very popular choice for both concealed carry and target shooting; the average number of decibels a 9mm pistol will produce is about 160.
For scale, your average jet engine blasts the decibels to about 140.
At what level is it recommended that a person wear hearing protection? 85dB. 
So, anyone going out and shooting basically anything bigger than a pellet gun (even a little .22 can produce up to 140dB) should absolutely be wearing good shooting ear protection.
This includes hunters, competitive shooters, and even hobby shooting activities like skeet and sporting clays.
Difference in Passive and Electronic Earmuffs…
What most people don’t know is that there are different classifications of shooting earmuffs: passive and electronic.
- Passive refers to ear protection that does not utilize electronic noise-cancelling capabilities.
- Electronic earmuffs are ones that use technology to manage the noise level and even allow you to sync small devices such as iPods.
Howard Leight earmuffs cover both categories in order to bring you a wide range of options for great shooting ear protection.
…‘keeps wearers protected from hazardous noise and connected to their environment.
Impact Sport employs built-in directional microphones that amplify range commands and other ambient sounds to a safe 82dB, providing more natural listening and enhancing communication.
For protection, Impact Sport actively listens and automatically compresses amplification when ambient impact sound reaches 82dB, and passively blocks out noise at 22dB.’
These high-quality earmuffs are designed to keep your ears safe without the discomfort some of us have come to expect from other over-the-ears muffs.
The headband is soft and the muffs feature a sophisticated air flow technology to optimize the comfort of the user.
Shooting Ear Protection F.A.Q.
Q. Best Hearing Protection for Shooting Range
Ear protection may not be as exciting or fashionable as the latest model of pistol just released, or the newest holster style, but it is so important for a safe shooting experience.
Make Howard Leight your one stop shop for the best variety of earmuffs that will help keep your ears safe during target practice or hunting.
Permanent ear damage is not something to be trifled with; you can find the maximum protective combination by using both an earplug and earmuffs.
Howard Leight carries a full line of both to help keep your ears protected.