In this post, we will highlight the best ear protection for shooting ar15 that you can consider buying for safe shooting.
Shooting is noisy and the dangers that come with this noise are high. Even the small caliber firearms can reach 140 decibels (dB) or more when fired, which can destroy the follicles in the inner ear causing permanent hearing damage. It is therefore important to use ear protection devices when shooting, regardless of the size of the caliber firearm.
AR15 rifles are some of the most powerful in the market. Just like the power, the vibrations and risks involved with an ar15 are high. The high vibrations of each shot kill important little hairs found in the inside of the ear, resulting in a high pitch ringing or humming noise that can last forever.
Best Ear Protection for Shooting Ar15
Below is some high-quality ear protection gear that you can use for shooting your ar15.1
Mpow 035 Noise Reduction Safety Ear Muffs
These ear muffs have the NRR Sound Technology, which uses 2 layers of professional noise dampening foam, high sealing solid cup and the unique double-shell to offer a high SNR of 34dB for noise canceling. The lightweight ear muffs feature a foldable style as the ear cups collapse into the headband. A travel drawstring bag is included for ease of packing them when not in use.2
Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Sport Sound Amplification Electronic Shooting Earmuff
Howard Leight by Honeywell shooting earmuffdelivers ear safety through distortion-free amplification of important low level sounds like range commands and conversation. This is our second pick for the best ear protection for shooting ar15. It carries a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 22 in both on and off mode and offers protection by instant blocking of any noise above 82 dB. Patented Air Flow Control technology allows for a slim ear cup design that ensures your firearm stock has clearance while shooting. The earmuff has a padded headband with telescopic height adjustment for a comfortable, customized fit.
This earmuff comes with an external audio jack that allows you to connect the shooting earmuff to an MP3 player, scanner or other audio sources. It includes 2 AAA batteries that deliver approximately 350 hours of usage, with an automatic shut-off feature that engages after 4 hours to increase battery life. The earmuff also has low profile earcups for firearm stock clearance, a compact folding design for convenient storage and a one-size-fits for all.3
Pro For Sho 34dB Shooting Ear Protection
Pro For Sho 34dB Shooting Ear Protection is designed to fit in small bags or large coat pockets without taking up a lot of space. These ear protection earmuffs have a solid yet lightweight design that makes them easy to carry. This is our third pick for the best ear protection for shooting ar15. They are made for a variety of wearers with a variety of needs from daily sound protection for sensitive ears to those who engage in loud environments. They are made for both children and adults with an adjustable and padded headband for a comfortable, customizable fit, and have a slimmer profile than other earmuffs.4
Walker’s Game Ear Razor Slim Electronic Muff
This Walker’s Game Ear Razor Slim Electronic Mufffeatures razor ultra-thin rubberized cups and two Omni directional microphones that provide sound activated protection over 89 DB at 0.02 reaction time without interfering with communication. They have a noise reduction rating of 23DB. The earmuffs come with 2 ‘AAA’ batteries that provide a long time of use.
They have raised ridges that allow for tactile use even when wearing gloves and also feature a 3.5mm jack for use with iPods, MP3 players and handheld radios.5
Shooting Earmuffs, Electronic Shooting Hearing Ear Protection for Gun Range
These shooting earmuffs are designed with stereo sound, which is realistic and clear, allowing you to also identify the location of the sound. They are painted with Japan imported painting that has better protection, can prevent damage to the surface and is fade resistant after long time exposure under the irradiation of UV. They are fully sealed for better noise reduction.
The volume control button is designed vertically making it more convenient for users. You can adjust the amplification effect according to your needs depending on the occasion. These earmuffs use electronic compression noise reduction to help you lower noise exposure by 23 db when shooting or in a noise environment. They have a noise reduction rating of 23 db, and can help you hear the regular sound or slight sound while protecting your hearing.
You can play music with some good sound quality thanks to the included chip and expensive MP3 earphone cable.7
Peltor Sport Tactical 100 Electronic Hearing Protector
The Peltor Sport Tactical 100 Electronic Hearing Protector features proprietary 3M technology that reduces/blocks harmful gunshot noise while amplifying low-level sounds. This is another best ear protection for shooting ar15. It features Adaptive Frequency Response which reduces background noise for clearer conversations and hearing of commands, as well as the Variable Suppression Time feature for optimal echo reduction in indoor shooting environments. The Peltor Hearing Protector is suitable for both indoor and outdoor shooters and hunters.
The hearing protector has a 22 dB noise reduction rating and features durable recessed microphones that prevent damage and reduce wind noise. The headband is padded for a comfortable fit. The hearing protector runs on 2 AAA batteries with a 2-hour auto shut-off and low battery indicator.8
Professional Safety Ear Muffs by Decibel Defense
Professional Safety Ear Muffs are the industry’s leading NRR 37 dB protection having been ANSI S3.19 and CE EN 352-1 Certified. Another excellent option for the best ear protection for shooting ar15. They feature an ultra-comfortable smooth, padded cell design headband with fabric stitching for hours of comfort. They are made with a sturdy construction which makes them ideal for use with all firearms, power tools and mowing the lawn. They are compact and foldable, hence easy to store and carry around in a gun bag or tool case.
These earmuffs are multifunctional and can be used for personal quiet time, construction work, lawn maintenance, study, mowing, sporting events, drummers, monster truck and fireworks among others.9
Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Pro High Noise Reduction Rating Sound Amplification Electronic Shooting Earmuff
Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Pro High earmuff is designed for handgun and pistol shooters looking for high NRR. It is perfect for indoor ranges, covered ranges or other extremely loud shooting environments. The earmuff amplifies ambient noise up to 4x to a safe 82 dB with built-in directional microphones, providing more natural listening and enhanced communication. It then automatically shuts off amplification when ambient sound reaches 82 dB, and passively blocks out noise at 30 dB.
The earmuff pressure points are rubberized to prevent gunstock scratching, and the headband is super deluxe padded with telescopic height adjustment for a secure and comfortable fit. The set includes a 3.5mm connection cord for MP3 players and scanners. It also includes 2 AAA batteries with an automatic shut-off feature that engages after 4 hours for a prolonged battery life of up to approx. 350 hours.10
Walker’s Razor Slim Passive Earmuffs
Walker’s Razor Slim Passive Earmuffs feature an ultra-low profile, light weight, slim design with rubberized ear cups that provide maximum comfort for a long time of wear. The earmuffs provide NRR 27 protection from noise as well as NRR 26dB passive protection in various styles and variations. The earmuffs compactly fold up for easy transport and storage when not in use. They feature sound dampening composite housing with a comfortable headband and metal wire frame designed for variable adjustability, comfort and secure fit.
The Walker’s Razor Slim Passive Earmuffs also feature a rubberized coating that prolongs durability and performance.11
GLORYFIRE Electronic Shooting Earmuff
GLORYFIRE Electronic Shooting Earmuffis made with built-in Omni-directional microphones that increase environmental voices when the sound is over 82dB, providing enhanced communication during hunting or shooting. They use compress technology to reduce any noise above 82 dB when you shooting and have a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 25 db. They provide 6x sound amplification as opposed to other earmuffs which provide 4x amplification.
These GLORYFIRE earmuffs also include AUX input and a 3.5 mm connection cord for MP3 players and scanners. The integrated power/volume knob is easy to use and the 2 ‘AAA’ batteries provide excellent battery life. The high-quality headband has a soft padded design providing all-day comfort.12
Peltor Sport Tactical 500 Smart Electronic Hearing Protector
Peltor Sport Tactical 500 Smart Electronic Hearing Protector targets NRR of 26 dba for Passive sound protection. The ear protector helps to suppress gunshot noise and amplifies low sounds using proprietary 3M technologies. It features gunshot recognition and suppression technology that optimize noise protection based on the firearm being used and the surrounding environment.
This hearing protector features clear voice tracking technology which seeks voice amongst the noise to improve speech intelligibility and situational awareness. It also has Bluetooth wireless technology to seamlessly sync to mobile devices, allowing you to make and receive phone calls through the headset. This gear is designed for optimal fit and comfort, with a foldable and adjustable design.13
awesafe Electronic Shooting Earmuffs
The awesafe Electronic Shooting Earmuffs are made with high-quality material for durability. The body of the earmuffs is fully sealed to provide better noise reduction. The earmuffs are designed to suppress shooting noise and protect hearing, with a more advanced internal chip and softer ear pads. They are designed with stereo sound which makes the sound heard through internal amplifiers more stereo, realistic and clear. They also have comfortable ear pads for the perfect shooting experience.
These earmuffs feature auto shut-off after 4 hours and snap-in lid ear cushions that make the replacement easy. You can connect them to an external MP3 player, scanner, or other audio devices. They are supported by a 2-year warranty and are ideal for the range or in the field.14
TRADESMART Shooting Ear Muffs
TRADESMART Shooting Ear Muffs are designed to provide highly effective noise reduction, with a state-of-the-art 6-piece noise filtration system that effectively blocks low, mid, and high range frequencies. The earmuffs are designed to be comfortable with safety glasses that are anti-fog and have a scratch-resistant coating for clear vision. The earplugs feature high-quality German BASF Composition that is comfortably soft yet expand to fully block incoming noise. They are rated at NRR 33.
These earmuffs are suitable for adults and children and are ANSI, CE, and AS/NZS-compliant. They feature wraparound protection that protects from the side as well as the front without impairing vision.
Ear protection equipment and gear ensure that your ears are not exposed to a high level of noise that may cause ear damage which could even turn out to be fatal. Most are designed with special technology to detect the level of sound and block or suppress it when it reaches a certain level. The above-discussed ear protection muffs are well made with quality materials to provide unbeaten ear protection when shooting with your ar15.