I have been spending time this year using the Surefire’s hearing protection. Thus far, I’m pretty happy with them.
The EP-3 is the two-flange model with an opening that can be used either open or closed. The design is such that it assists in blocking noise over 85db. SF says they have a 24db reduction rating with the plug in place. The canal will accept earpiece tubes that work with most the portable radios in use with public safety and government. They also have a retention cord for hanging around your neck.
Recently, I have been wearing them when hunting. With the opening un-plugged, my hearing is pretty much what it would be without them. I can hear movement from both game and those I hunt with, I can hear words spoken in in my direction – if they would be audible otherwise.
I need to protect the hearing I’ve got left – so I’ll be using these from here on out.
They are available in black, clear or orange. Each set is listed at $13.95 retail.