EHP’s Newest Electronic Earplugs

EHP has been making premium electronic earmuffs for some time, and if you’ve never had the chance to try these things, and can’t afford to drop a few hundred dollars on hearing protection, by all means, avoid putting ’em on.  Because they’re reaaaly nice.

Electronic earmuffs block all noise, just like regular ear muffs, but reproduce the audio below a specific pressure level, in this case, 85dB.  That means that gunfire gets muted somewhat, but conversations go through just fine.

And EDC makes ’em in all shapes and sizes, with models ranging from cheaper kids’ versions to full-size adults-with-day-jobs models that run several hundred dollars.

But what if you already have a set of cans that you love, that you trust to protect your hearing and always have, and have that cordite smell baked into them after all these years?  A headset that’s just fine and totally comfortable like old pants?

Well then, you do you earplugs with them too, right?  Are they cheap yellow disposable foam jobs?  Are they premium, molded to your canals personally plugs?  Well, how premium can they be if they’re not battery-operated?

That’s where EDC wants to horn in on, the inside of your skull.  Look at your earplugs, then look at these:

Now look at the text, “The EHD-MC1 increases the user’s ability to hear up to nine times their normal hearing yet compresses any sound over 85 db to a safe level. This totally digital two channel unit uses AFC(Advanced Feedback Cancellation) technology and with its omni-directional microphone, the EHD- MC1 provides the user with crystal clear sound. The EHD- MC1 has an easy ON/OFF switch and a memory button to choose from four pre-set programs to precisely set the unit for individual needs.”

Like most audiophilic promotional material, that’s all bullshit.  Nine times your normal hearing?  What does that even mean?  Can you hear other people’s thoughts?  But some of the specifications aren’t complete B.S., like their noise reduction rating of 29dB, or MSRP of (brace yourself) $600.  (You can buy a single plug for $300.)

Now those prices are MSRP, retail is going to be less, but then again, it’s one of those things we’re afraid to try; because great hearing protection is one of those things that once you’ve had a taste, you always wind up shelling out for more…