The importance of hearing protection for shooters, and new technology that delivers.
by the ShootingDaily staff
We’ve all done it. We’ve taken a shot in the field or while plinking recreationally that has left our ears ringing. With that kind of unprotected exposure to abrupt decibels, we’ve subjected ourselves to NIHL (Noise Induced Hearing Loss).
Now, don’t beat yourself up over it. What’s done is done. But from this day forward, know this: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has proven that exposure to one 140 dB SPL event (that’s a .22 report friends) constitutes 100% of your daily allowable noise exposure. Yessir, you burn up a whole day’s worth of hearing in one crack.
“Protect It, or Lose It”
That’s the mantra at Walker’s in Grand Prairie, Texas. Since 1989 Walker’s has pioneered game-changing hearing protection for the shooting sports. Millions of sportsmen and women enjoy better hearing today as a result of Walker’s dedication to hearing protection and education.
Introducing Walker’s new Bluetooth Rechargeable Silencer Ear Buds
When Walker’s unveiled a pair of battery-powered Silencer Ear Buds in 2017, they immediately became one of the company’s best-selling products. According to Ben Smith, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Walker’s, “The widespread appeal of our Silencers among shooting enthusiasts pushed us to develop the same hearing protection in rechargeable buds with Bluetooth connectivity and app-based controllability. Our customers are thrilled with the performance, convenience and versatility built into this new technology.”
You’re in Charge
Before we get into how Silencers will protect your hearing at the range or in the field, let’s talk about how these ear buds recharge. Each pair comes with a futuristic charging tray with integrated magnets in the bed. When the ear buds need juice, you just drop them into the plugged-in tray and the magnets automatically orient them to engage the charging connection. They charge fast! In fact, from a totally-drained state, the ear buds will achieve 100% power in as little as 120 minutes.
As if that wasn’t cool enough, get this: The charging tray also contains a powerful Lithium Ion battery for on-the-go performance. When you’re at the range, at hunting camp or traveling, your fully-charged tray will recharge your Silencer ear buds up to 4 times. And each charge lasts 4+ hours of continuous use – so you never need to worry about being unprotected on your shooting adventures. If you forget to turn your Silencers off after a shooting session, not to worry. They’ll shut off automatically to prevent charge drain.
This Bud’s for You
Silencer rechargeable ear buds are loaded with all the functionality you need for indoor/outdoor range shooting and hunting. They feature advanced digital circuitry and three program settings for noise filtering & voice clarity, high-frequency boost and power boost.
As you shoot, the buds automatically suppress the decibels of the firearm report to protect your precious hearing. They also enhance the sounds you want to hear, from conversational voices to the ambient sounds of nature while hunting. The Variable Gunshot Suppression technology has built-in intelligence to identify the sound signature of your firearm and the shooting environment you’re in. For example, if you’re firing a large-caliber handgun at an indoor range, your Silencers will suppress the report at the optimal level and extend that suppression to squelch the indoor “echo” effect as well.
In another scenario, on an outdoor rifle range with silhouette targets, Silencers will suppress the shot sound while the high-frequency boost kicks in to help you hear the “ping” of the metal target downrange. It’s slick!
Better Rifle and Shotgun Shooting
You know the importance of a precise cheek weld for long-range rifle accuracy and wingshooting, and ear buds ensure an unobstructed stock fit vs. muff-style hearing protection. For competitive shooters particularly, this can make a big difference at the end of the day.
Bluetooth has Arrived
Need to make some phone calls or listen to some tunes on your way home from the range? Go for it. Your Silencers deliver crisp, clear, full-bodied audio synched to your smart phone or other devices. They’re also equipped with dynamic wind noise reduction, so if you’re outside or even riding in a convertible or a 4-wheeler, you won’t miss a word or a note.
Speaking of smart phones, Walker’s has developed a free custom app that controls all the functions of your rechargeable Silencers. It has an intuitive interface that’s super easy to use, and even has voice-prompted functionality. Away from your phone? No problem, there are controls directly on the ear buds to adjust your settings.
A person’s ears are as unique as their fingerprints, and ensuring a good ear fit is critical to your hearing protection. That’s why Walker’s includes three sizes of Sure-Lock™ sizing fins and three foam tip options with every pair of Silencers sold. That selection allows you to dial in the perfect pairing for your ear size and shape.
For anyone who works on noisy construction sites, attends NHRA race tracks, or spends time in any loud environment, rechargeable Walker’s ear buds are for you. The hearing protection, combined with the versatility of Bluetooth connectivity, make Silencers the solution you’ve been waiting for. They retail for right around $250, making them as cost-efficient as they are high-performing.
For more information on Walker’s rechargeable Silencer ear buds and their complete line of hearing protection products, visit www.walkersgameear.com.