The first half of this story was originally posted way back on 7/8/2011
THE TEST RESULTS... SAVE YOUR MONEYFirst you must know that these plugs are not the hearing protection they advertise. I wore them to the range and when my buddy shot his 1911, I found out the hard way. Hands immediately over ears and I ran for my muffs. I WAS PISSED! These plugs do almost NOTHING to limit gunshot volume.
6/1/2017 Report"I would recommend using two cigarette butts in your ears over these things"
Over the coming years I wore this hearing amplifier numerous times during my squirrel hunts. I always returned with them in my pocket. It's basically nothing more than a cheap hearing aid. The kind that gives feedback when it gets near anything, you turn your head or turn up the volume. When the volume gets high enough to do any good, the deafening feedback forced me to turn the volume so low that they do nothing. Very frustrating. I finally gave up on them and started using my amplified range Pro-Ears headset. They work great, amplifying 9X and never a bit of feedback. You can literally hear a pin drop.
The in-ear amplifier, Pro-Hear II totally failed the test, but the Pro-Ears muffs work great. Now you know. I just checked their website and I'm amazed that they still sell them, but now they go for $270! With hearing aids you get what you pay for so the more expensive models ($370 & $450) might work without the feedback. It's also possible that they could have improved the electronics to reduce the feedback, but there's no way to know that. They look exactly the same. Considering that they all use the same kind of foam plug, I would never recommend any of them for hearing protection. Pro-Ears still advertises them this way:
I would recommend using two cigarette butts in your ears over these things. If you'd like to check them out for yourself, here's the link. http://proears.com/prohear-2. If you've purchased a pare and you feel differently feel free to add your comments below."The Pro Hear II is a low-profile in ear sound amplification and suppression in one device"