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Allen Company Ultra Light Sound Sensor 26db Noise Reduction Hearing Protection

3.9 out of 5 stars 204 customer reviews
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  • Designed with only the toughest, roughest users in mind
  • Comfort and Performance come hand in hand with Allen Co
  • Hearing protection device is a compact, convenient set that consistently outperforms electronic protection
  • Allows easy conversation without irritating "echo" effect; noise reduction rated to 26 NRR
  • Patented, adjustable headband folds down to 2.5 by 5.75 inches (W x H) to fit easily into a pocket
  • Weighs just 1.7 ounces
  • Soft foam ear cushions are quite comfortable, and an extra pair is included with purchase
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.auto-style1 { font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-size: 12pt; color: #000000; } • Outperforms electronic muffs without batteries or bulk• Hear conversation while blocking harmful noise • Revolutionary hearing protection • Folds compact to fit into pocket • Lightweight and comfortable

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  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
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  • ASIN: B00ZS55S90
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,207 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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I've used Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Electronic Earmuffs for years when shooting 45ACP, 230g. They get the job done, no complaints & seemed comfortable enough.

Started firing a 223 AR recently & discovered that these muffs were a nuisance/distraction while establishing cheek weld to the stock. Who knew? This sent me researching & trying out other ear protection devices, even though the sound protection was fine.

Tried the two-colored cones that screw into the ears as well as several kinds of sponge inserts. All were covered by my muffs within minutes of firing the AR. Forget the 45.

Then I took a chance on the Allen Ultra-Light Sound Sensor with the AR. Think I heard a low pop somewhere. Was that my AR? Why yes it was. Quiet compared the pricey muffs and they didn't interfere with cheek weld. Sweet, but how about that noisy 45?

Talk about a difference in sound. It was like firing a different firearm; just a muted pop. Way softer than with the muffs. Had no idea a 45 could be so quiet.

Six hours later, on wrap-up, searched my car and bag looking for where I stashed my headset. Had to have stashed it since it wasn't on my head, right? Wait, it was still on my head, still plugged into my ears, under my hat. Good thing my head is screwed on or I may never have found them.

So, they may be foam, not silicone, but they do filter out gunshot noise, they are comfortable (even for small ear canals) and they are not "cheap crap". Looks like Howard's Muffs are retired, even for the 45.
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Once in a great while, something comes along that is innovative, practical, economical, and better for many purposes than anything else that has entered the market. That is exactly the case with the Allen "Sound Sensor" hearing protection unit. It isn't a new idea, but it is brand new to me and likely to most hunters and shooters as well. The main idea goes back to Jozef J. Zwislocki of Syracuse University, who authored a book in 2002 titled Auditory Sound Transmission, described as "an integrated, state-of-the-art description and quantitative analysis of sound transmission from the outer ear to the sensory cells in the cochlea of the inner ear." Prior to that, in 1998, US Patent 5824967 was awarded to Mr. Zwislocki for "An ear muffler device suitable for coupling to the entrance of the ear canal of a person to reduce the level of ambient noise in the ear canal."

That sounds about as exciting as watching paint dry or weeds grow. Ten years after the Zwislocki patent SensGard was awarded an ornamental patent based on the same principles. The roots of this type of ear muffler go back to a device created in the 1850s by Hermann von Helmholtz, the "Helmholtz resonator." Today, Allen is marketing this "Sound Sensor" product, with other companies including 3M and SensGard having essentially the same type of units. To the hunting and shooting industry, it still seems largely unnoticed. I personally had no idea it existed until Don Anderson, VP of Ed's Public Safety, called my attention to it.

Don had seen it at the SHOT Show a few years back, and ignored it as it felt light and cheap so it seemed to him it wasn't worth trying. That is until a few months later when Don saw the Glock team using a SensGard 31 db model at one of his Law Enforcement demonstrations.
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I am a professional furniture builder and I have tried tons of hearing protection solutions over the
years and I have to say that I was less than thrilled with these. My main and really only complaint with
these is the fact that the part you insert into your ears is fairly large and did not work for me at all.
I am not sure if I have unusually small ears or this is the way they are suppose to be, but for me they
were quite uncomfortable. I did go over the instructions a few times to make sure I was doing things right
but despite all my efforts they are just not a good fit for me. Hopefully a slightly smaller diameter version will
be available for these in the future as the concept is brilliant and does work.
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The box states that it is NRR 26. Be aware that it is not NRR 28 as is advertised on this site! This is misleading and amazon needs to fix this typographical error. I contacted Amazon returns about this, they kindly sent a replacement and the new one was still NRR 26, so I have come to the conclusion that they have listed the product description incorrectly here. I wish they would fix this because it is giving false information.

In regards to the performance... so far it works fine. It is not bulky like other types of hearing protection, it is more convenient. You can fold it and put it in your backpack or even wear it around your neck when not in use.
It does lower sounds but it does not make them vanish.
It seems to mute clock ticking and humming sounds but other sounds are just lowered a little but are still audible. It at least seems to protect the ears if you were walking in the street and a fire truck decided to pass by. You still of course hear the sirens but it is at least a few points lower. You can hear conversation and it seems to distort some sounds like a wind tunnel at times...not sure if that is a good thing or not.

It is comfortable to wear and it works great for people who usually have trouble with the commonly known disposable ear protection. This thing is much easier and saves the hassle of having to deal with disposables, especially if you have small ear canals :)

UPDATE:
Unfortunately it broke easily in the area where it connects to the top due to its thinner plastic in that area. So It is not as durable as hoped :( but it worked okay while it lasted.
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