Howard Leight has led the in-ear hearing protection industry for over 30 years by offering the most choices of innovative protection products. They have continually developed new designs, technologies, and materials to make the most comfortable and effective forms of in-ear, and over ear protection.
Whether you work in a noisy office building, a construction site, or just hitting the gun range, sometimes you need a little quiet; and not complete and utter silence, but a cancelling of all the unnecessary sounds that do nothing but distract and disrupt you from the flow of the day. The days get to all of us, and the noise from the hustle and bustle can be distracting and sometimes harmful, but the Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic earmuff is our remedy.
Criteria for a Good Pair of Earmuffs
What most earmuffs do is block out all ambient noise by minimizing the space between your ear and the outside world so that all you can hear is your music. And it is suggested that you play these muffs at a low setting, and to be weary while you’re out and about due to the limiting of sound from the surrounding environment. And of course, there is also the possibility of damaging your ability to hear if you play these electronic earmuffs too loud.
Instead, earmuffs such as Howard Leight’s Impact Sport are able to significantly reduce the loud, abrasive sounds from the environment, while still allowing the wearer the ability to hear the surrounding ambient noise and maintain good situational awareness.
Howard Leight Impact Sport (R01526) Overview
Rather than blocking out all noise from the user, the Impact Sport is able to reduce loud impulse sounds down to 82 dB, while amplifying conversation noise and range commands. This means that all the obnoxious and abrasive noise will be reduced to a safe listening range while still allowing the user to hear the surrounding environment. If you’re in law enforcement, a gun aficionado, or simply looking for a fun and creative way to blow off some steam, Howard Leight Impact Sport are perfect for indoor range shooting.
It has a low profile and sleek design to allow for a full clearing of the rifle stock. It’s also got a built in auxiliary jack that allows for connecting to MP3 players and scanners. They are equipped with a four-hour shut off in order to maintain the impact sport electronic earmuff’s battery life. And no need for a Howard Leight Impact Sport battery replacement—these earmuffs function off of two AAA batteries. It has a convenient folding design for storage reasons and it is water resistant.
Based off of Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic earmuffs reviews, customers seem to enjoy the fit and the construction of the earmuff’s design. They consider it one of the best earmuffs when compared with the competition due to the Howard Leight Impact Sport tactical’s ability to maintain situational awareness. Customers love being able to listen to music or their two-way radios through the earmuff’s auxiliary jack, and also enjoy being able to have conversations at the gun range. Many people do not solely use their earmuffs for shooting, but for other things such as working with power tools or using them to cut out noise to help them sleep. Customers have continued to buy a new pair over the years and to this day praise these earmuffs highly.
Over the years, however, there seems to be some issues when it comes to the wear and tear of the fitting feature. Howard Leight Impact Sport reviews claim that the top band has trouble adjusting, the earmuffs will have trouble sealing, and, eventually, the earmuff’s ability to cancel out the noise will malfunction: once the volume is turned up high enough to listen to a conversation, the sound of a gunshot can be a bit overbearing. Additionally, there seems to an issue involving connecting these earmuffs to an iPhone: a persistent static sound is always in the background.
Howard Leight Impact Sport Battery Replacement
This is a common question among users of this product. You may be wondering how to replace the batteries in the Impact Sport as well. Here is the procedure to change out the batteries in your muffs. You need two 1.5 V AAA batteries.
- Open the cover on the side of your earmuffs.
- Remove the old batteries from the slots if they are there.
- Insert the two AAA batteries into the battery compartment. (Note: There are instructions on the inside of the compartment explaining the orientation of the batteries)
- Replace the battery lid and make sure the cover is secured in place.
- When sounds reproduction fails, replace the batteries (Expected battery life: 350 hours of use)
Just like many other devices, these earmuffs take AAA batteries and are easy to replace when needed. Although these muffs are quite durable, be sure not to force the cover closed if it does not fit, this may lead to damage.
Where Can I Find These Earmuffs?
You can find these earmuffs and other Howard Leight products at many retailer stores nationwide, such as Albertsons, ACME, Dollar General, Save Mart Supermarkets, and CVS/pharmacy. These earmuffs are about the same price at all retail stores, but the Howard Leight R01526 can be found on the Internet for much less.
Nothing can be expected to last forever. And like everything else, these earmuffs are subjected to wear and tear over the many times you will use them. But you will use them, and you will be wearing them many, many times—and you’ll definitely want to go buy yourself a pair.