Too many shooters give too little thought to their hearing. That’s a good way to wind up with the TV turned up to 11 while you’re blissfully unaware of your wife shouting your name. Depending on who you married (and how long ago), that may be more of a feature that a bug. But if you like hearing the people who are talking to you without needing to read their lips, you need to give your ears some care while at the range and in the field. This being the 21st century, you have options from simple foam stopples to active electronic over-the-ear muffs all the way to custom in-ear electronic solutions that can run you as much as a used KIA. For those of us who are more budget-minded and want to preserve their auditory abilities, the hearing pros at ProSounds are out with a new, affordable, semi-custom plug that lets you turn your protection on or off with the press of a button . . .
ProSounds (they’re the brains behind the popular SportEAR brand, too) has a IndieGoGo page up and running for the X-Pros and if you click over, you’ll see they’re oversubscribed by almost a factor of four. So someone likes the idea. We have a pair on the way and will pass on a full report. Here’s their pitch:
At ProSounds, we are dedicated to providing the very best hearing protection. We deliver all of the benefits of hearing protection, but none of the problems.The X-Pro ear plugs are simplicity itself. Designed to fit comfortably in any ear, you’ll hardly even notice you’re wearing anything.
After the X-Pro is comfortably settled in your ear, you can activate the hearing protection with the push of a button. The closed valve will now protect your hearing by giving you 30dB of noise reduction with the foam tips (24 dB noise reduction with silicon tips).
When you need to hear again, instead of completely removing the ear plugs, simply press the button again to open the acoustic valve (patent pending), allowing sound to pass through naturally. X-Pro Ear Plugs are washable and reusable to help you avoid the hassle and extra expense of constantly having to replace disposable earplugs.