Hearing protection is a must-have when we’re out on the range, and it’s important to be mindful when choosing the right kind for you. With advancements in technology that are making this better and less expensive, we are seeing great things pop up for the shooting world and beyond.
Enter: ProSounds H2P (See the Indidgogo Campaign)
I was lucky enough to get my hands on this brand new offering from ProSounds, and I have tested them enough to give you my thoughts and opinions on the product. First, let’s take a look at some info on these new earbuds:
Tiny, but not too small where you’ll be fumbling to control them. Each earbud offers one small dial that’s easy to turn with either a finger or fingernail. This dial turns the device on and off, while also controlling the volume.
So what do these things actually do? In a nutshell, they let soft noises, like people talking, come in nice and clear while also amplifying those sounds, and they block unwanted loud noises… such as the firing of a gun. You get the best of both worlds; being able to hear the person next to you talk, and saving your ears from damage while shooting.
The packaging is simple and elegant, and the buds come with everything you’ll need to get going. This includes a package of batteries.
There are three tips for the buds that come in the package, but you’ll be using the black tips for shooting. Here are some details on what each provides:
- Foam Tip: This tip offers the most protection (30 dB)
- Silicone Tip: The silicone tip gives you the comfort (24 dB)
- Tulip Tip: This unique tip is small and doesn’t completely plug up the ear canal. This allows for natural sound to pass through the canal, letting the user experience a blend of enhanced as well as natural noise.
When I used these at the range, they were easy to put it, set them, and forget them. I went with a buddy of mine and noticed him doing what I’ve always done…. lifting the hearing protection up so that he could hear what I was saying. Not me this time. I was able to hear him from 4 bays over as if he were standing right next to me. The sound quality was excellent and it didn’t miss a beat. Then when it was time to shoot, I simply picked up my Glock 26 and starting throwing some lead at the target.
When you go to turn them on, you’ll hear a ringing sound when they’re in your hand. This lets you know they’re on and ready. Don’t worry though, that sound goes away when they’re placed in your ears. The dial, when turned from ‘off’, increases the volume. When you want to turn them back off, you’ll know you’ve turned the dial the correct way when you feel a slight ‘hump’ to get over. Once over and you can’t move anymore, they’re off. Once you feel it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
The batteries on these bad boys are said to last up to 140 hours. I’ll… have to provide an update when we get to that mark. So far, I’ve been using them for a whopping 4.5 hours.
Let’s talk comfort, because I’ve had issues in the past with similar-style hearing protection.
These earbuds have gone unnoticed after I put them in. The black foam tips are ridiculously comfortable, and the smooth plastic rests nicely in the ear. I didn’t notice any sharp or rough edges when using them, and I literally forgot they were there after a little while at the range. I’d see no problem wearing these for a full afternoon.
In conclusion, ProSounds did a fantastic job with this latest product. Really, these things work great and are super comfortable. That’s what we look for when it comes to hearing protection.
Below are some additional photos of the offering, and you can pick yourself up a set via their Indiegogo campaign right now.