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I Tested And Ranked The Best Shooting Ear Protection In 2022

The best electronic hearing protection for shooting and hunting is not easy to find. I tested the most popular options on Amazon, and here’s my ultimate and (very) personal ranking.

I Tested And Ranked The Best Electronic Hearing Protection For Shooting (And Hunting)

FYI, Prices and ratings are accurate as of time of writing.


1. Walker's Razor Slim Electronic Shooting and Hunting Earmuffs

Top-rated: 52,433 ratings | 790 answered questions


Walker's Razor Slim Electronic Shooting and Hunting Earmuffs

Highlight: These muffs amplify safe sounds to provide clear omni-directional hearing. Enhanced low-end frequencies produce accurate, natural sound.

Helpful review: "I use these muffs so often, I’ve purchased a second pair, so that my wife and I can each have a pair when we’re at the range together. It’s nice being able to talk without having to get close to each other and scream over gun fire while repeating “WHAT!?” every 30 seconds. Quality wise, they seem fine. I haven’t been blown out of the water. But I don’t have any concerns either. They fold up nice and compact, and have not yet shown any signs of wear and tear (first pair is a little over a year old). At the end of the day, I would recommend these to others. They’re definitely worth getting at their current price point….That being said, since I still need to wear the foam ear plugs underneath them, I’m going to knock one star off. Otherwise, they’ve exceeded my expectations. 4/5 stars.
Update (February 3rd): Both pairs are still going strong. And I have experienced no issues whatsoever. I did want to mention that I have swapped out the ear cups for Walker’s “Gel Cups”... I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I have been super impressed. The gel cups not only seem to help form a better seal around your ear, but if you are going to be wearing them for more than a couple hours, you will really notice the difference. Definitely still a product I would recommend. The gel cups aren’t an absolute necessity, but they definitely enhance the product." — Mike303

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2. Howard Leight by Honeywell — Impact Sport Sound Amplification Earmuffs

Top-rated: 48,839 ratings


Howard Leight by Honeywell — Impact Sport Sound Amplification Earmuffs

Highlight: Features low profile earcups for firearm stock clearance; adjustable headband for secure fit; compact folding design for convenient storage.

Helpful review: "I bought these earmuffs after trying a friends' pair. I am older, and have quite a bit of hearing loss. I had always used foam earplugs and had great difficulty in hearing people talking. These earmuffs, which are rated at 22 db, exceeded my expectations as they worked so well! It was easy to adjust the ear cushions so as to be able to wear a ball-cap type hat. The volume control is easy to adjust while wearing, I can actually carry on a conversation now and hear people talking to me. A feature that greatly affected my purchase choice is that the battery life of the 2 AAA Alkaline type batteries is listed at 350 hours. Some of the other brands that I had investigated only had a battery life of around 8-12 hours. More features include an automatic shutoff after 4 hours, I haven't tried that function yet as I always turn them off when I'm done using them. They are also able to connect to iPod, MP3 and other devices. I don't use any of these features so I cannot review them. The earmuffs do come with a 3.5 mm connection cord, approximately 37" long for the iPod, MP3 and other devices. Lastly, the foam ear cushions are very comfortable, and look to be replaceable, which is a nice feature. Overall, these earmuffs are a great value for the price." — Johal
Another review: "This is my second purchase of these after someone stole my first pair. Paired with some aftermarket gel earpads, these are THE standard for budget low-profile electronic muffs. The earmuffs are serviceable with the stock earcups, but in my opinion only if you're shooting pistol and have low-profile eyeglass arms (since the stock foam cups aren't as form fitting as gel ones). There are more expensive electronic over-the-head earmuffs, but these are sufficient until you start getting into the $500+ range of Comtacs and Peltors.
I have a pair of Walker Razors, and prefer the HLs since these are omni-directional, while the Walkers are mono-directional in terms of incoming sound. Loud noise attenuation also seems to cutout faster with the HLs, but that's anecdotal (the Walkers still do a sufficient job.) These are compatible with getting a good cheekrest on rifles and shotguns, versus thicker non-electronic muffs.
If you're shooting at an indoor range, as a general best practice I strongly recommend wearing earplugs under ANY electronic earmuffs--way more sound energy will be bouncing back at you from all the walls versus an outdoor range, unless all that's being shot is 22LR. I like the new cardboard packaging, MUCH better than the plastic clamshells in terms of recyclability and ability to unpack. Includes two AAA batteries (Duracell) and an aux cord, but I don't plan on doing any aux in. Lastly, pretty sure mine are authentic based on the guides online and some other pairs I have available." — JPC

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3. Pro For Sho 34dB Shooting Ear Protection

Top-rated: 20,967 ratings | 383 answered questions


Pro For Sho 34dB Shooting Ear Protection

Highlight: Cheapest option; 'Large' size fits teens and adult alike.

Helpful review: "Usually I have to buy a child size ear protection bc I am a small person (visually speaking, in my head I'm way bigger than I truly am). LOL. I have multiple pairs of these for different reasons. I use a pair when I am using my firearm(s) and I use another pair when I am addressing my lawn care needs. They work perfectly. The noise is greatly reduced, even when my husband is yelling when he brings me a drink of water - I can't hear him. I highly recommend these. They fit well, they DO NOT squeeze my head, they truly cancel out very loud noises. I do recommend taking off any ear decorations (earrings/cuffs ), the cushioning pushes the piercing(s) into the back of your upper neck and it is not comfortable! I wipe them clean with a Clorox wipe and spray with Lysol. I do keep them in a air-conditioned home bc the Southern & Summer heat can and will warp the plastic portions of them. So far, I have had NO discoloration from using in the Summer sun (and I do a lot of yard work)." — Amazon Customer
Another review: "I bought two of these to use in my workshop. The reviews were very high on them so I was expecting them to work well. I was not disappointed. It gets pretty loud when I’m using my woodworking tools. These muffs block out all that loud noise. They keep the noise out well enough that when I was working on a project yesterday, I put my earbuds in then put these muffs on and I was able to easily listen to music without needing to crank the volume up. They are also comfortable to wear. I worked around 5 hours in my workshop yesterday and had them on most of the time. With some ear muffs, my head is always sore around my ears after wearing them for a while. These didn’t bug me at all. If you need good hearing protection then these are a great option. They are comfortable to wear and protect your ears very well." — Michael Leonard

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4. ACT FIRE Ear Protection for Range Shooting

Top-rated: 12,297 ratings | 219 answered questions


ACT FIRE Ear Protection for Range Shooting

Highlight: Affordable following a major price slash.

Helpful review: "I had a pair of these that were issued to me, but they were not working for some reason. We had range this past week, so I knew I could get these within two days and not spend a fortune. Well, the biggest suprise was when I turn them on. These actually cut the noise out more than my issued pair which cost well over $100. These only take a AAA battery, and not some fancy rechargeable battery. One button does everything. Turn it on turn the volume up, turn it off. No confusion about what I need to do. Also, I was able to plug my phone into it so while I was at the range, I could hear if I got a text or a phone call. I had one of my colleagues put them on because I wanted to make sure I wasn't just going crazy, and he said he was very surprised also. If you don't have a pair of electric headphones, you really need to consider these. I think the American flag is an extra added bonus also. And, these fold very compactly." — RG

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5. Walker's Razor Slim Passive Earmuffs — Ultra Low Profile

Top-rated: 10,229 ratings | 107 answered questions