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Etymotic GSP-15 Gunsport PRO Electronic Earplugs

Posted 07-17-2016 at 5:39 PM by retired

I was fortunate to attend the last Shot Show in Las Vegas this past January. As a result of doing so, I was invited by Susan Kornfeld, Public Relations Manager for Etymotic, to test and evaluate one of their Electronic Earplug units.

I had two occasions in which to test the Earplugs and in both, they performed in an outstanding manner. Before going any further, I would like to point out that I have some hearing damage that occurred early on in my career in le. As a result, I wear double hearing protection. I have silicone ear plugs made by my former hearing aid center. Over these, I wear a pair of electronic hearing muffs (nothing fancy; $69 about 10yrs. ago)

I was eager to test these because if successful, they would negate me wearing double hearing protection in the future. Hearing muffs, even electronic ones, aren't the most comfortable headware in my opinion.

The first test was at Raahagues Sports Fair, sponsored by TurnersOutdoorsman. Raahauges is a large shooting range located in Corona in S. Cal. and the event is an annual one that Calguns has had a booth at for about nine years. This event permits the attendee to shoot a large number of firearms provided by a large group of firearm manufacturers. There is also a private club that brings numerous .50Cal. BMG rifles, a machine gun and in the past, a Gattling gun to the event.

I stood within 20' feet of the first two while they were being fired and was still able to hear the conversation of a few people nearby.

The second occasion was at a Calguns clean up at Bee Canyon just outside of Hemet. I was firing my old Ruger Redhawks .44 magnum with a 7 1/2" barrel and using some reloads that were pretty hot. Again, the earplugs by Etymotic performed superbly.

These earplugs have a dual mode switch on them. The Lo Mode position provides Automatic Protection + Blast Protection. There is no interference with natural hearing, soft and loud sounds are heard naturally. Also automatically delivers 15dB protection when steady state noise exceeds safe exposure limits.

I used the above mode while at the Sports Fair and the Hi Mode while shooting at Bee Canyon.

The Hi Mode provides Enhancement + Blast Protection. It amplifies soft and conversational sounds for improved communication and increased awareness of surroundings. There is no amplification of loud sounds. The automatic 15dB hearing protection is not present in Hi Mode.

As a result of using these superlative Electronic Earplugs by Etymotic, I no longer have to wear the double hearing protection I have had to wear for over a decade. The MSRP for this item is $299.00 and I have been advised by Susan Kornfeld the company is offering Calguns members a 10% discount off that price by using code EHP10TP at etymotic.com.

If interested, please go to their site, go to the bottom left and click on hearing protection. Click on this model (GSP15) and you will be able to see what is included with the electronic earplugs. With the numerous attachable "plugs" offered, there should be one type available for anyone.

I highly recommend this product and I thank Susan Kornfield for providing these to me for testing and evaluation.
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