Decibullz custom molded ear plugs

Decibullz Custom Molded Passive and Reactive Ear Plugs [SHOT Show 2018]


If you’ve ever had a pair of custom molded hearing protection made, you know the advantages; improved noise blocking capability, light weight, and they don’t get in your way when you shoulder a long gun. The main drawback has been the cost. And while a variety of do-it-yourself solutions have been on the market for a while — and I’ve tried a number of them — the quality has been, well, spotty.

Decibullz think they have a better idea. Their design is a hybrid using a standard, silicone flange type plug that’s inserted in your ear canal. They’re attached to a custom molded exterior ear piece that’s molded to conform to your ears’ shape.

Their mold-them-youself plug designs come in two versions. The Custom Molded Earplugs are passive noise blockers with a removable external plug you can pull out when you want to carry on a conversation. They run about $25.

They call their active suppression model Percussive Shooting Filters. They feature a filter that reacts mechanically to the sound impulse of a gunshot and protect your hearing while letting you carry on a normal conversation when the gunfire stops (at about a 10 dB noise reduction). They won’t amplify ambient noise like electronic plugs, but they don’t require batteries either and they’re much more affordable. Price: $75.

Both models are re-moldable and provide 31dB of hearing protection. That’s about 5-7 dB more noise reduction than typical over-the-ear muffs give you.

If you shoot very often — and you should — a pair of these would be an affordable way to provide more hearing protection in a lighter package. They’s be a big plus in indoor ranges where the sound can be particularly intense. We hope to give them a try soon.


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Dan Zimmerman has been shooting guns for 25 years and writing about them for the last eight. He’s particularly into the shotgun sports, including trap, sporting clays, duck and pheasant hunting.

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