The Best Shooting Ear Protection in 2023

Few pastimes have the kinds of hearing risks like shooting, so hearing protection (along with eye protection) is really non-negotiable. But what to look for?

The best shooting ear protection is the kind that’s comfortable to wear all day long on a range without noticing it. If you’re even a little uncomfortable you’ll find reasons to avoid using them — possibly putting you in the position of sacrificing hearing protection for comfort, which is the last thing you want to do.

In the same way we only have a single set of eyes, we only have one set of ears, and once you cause hearing damage, there’s no getting it back.

We run through the best ear protection for shooting in various settings to help you land the proper ear protection for you.

By Kenzie Fitzpatrick

Kenzie Fitzpatrick is a professional 3-gun competitive shooter, an NRA-certified Pistol Instructor & Range Safety Officer, a certified AR-15 Armorer, an NROI-certified Chief Range Officer, & host of the Reticle Up Podcast.

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