Howard Leight By Honeywell
Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Pro High Noise Reduction Rating Sound Amplification Electronic Shooting Earmuff for Indoor and Covered Ranges or Other Extremely Loud Shooting Environments (R-01902), Large
Howard Leight By Honeywell is very nice product. I am a line service tech at our regional airport. I work near running jet engines and other sources of high-decibel sound all the time. My employer provided simpler, passive hearing protection, but being dissatisfied with it (I have to be able to hear the radio, for example), I sprung for the Impact Pro.
I have used them at work for a month now, they have taken all kinds of abuse, but have performed very well: no damage, no lose battery cover, the volume knob works smoothly, and the first pair of AAAs is still going strong.
This is a big set of earmuffs, but it wears very well, and fits over my bump cap (base cap with impact protection insert). It has no trouble with that, or with the substantial frame of my glasses, provides exceptional hearing protection, and if I switch on the amplifier, I can hear weaker noises right through them. The circuitry has a few limitations – it needs a fraction of a second to ramp up, wind noises get amplified, too, and sometimes the radio emissions from close-by airplanes feed into the circuit. The latter I actually enjoy, because it’s like a sixth sense – you notice if the plane is electronically active, or can even hear the pilot talk on the radio.
The amplifier does not seem to pick out voice frequencies specifically, so voices can still get lost in the general noise level, but I can understand a lot more than I could with the simple, passive earmuffs I used before.Promised Review by Frank Meyer