Hearing Protection

Loss of hearing due to repeated exposure to loud, concussive noise in everyday life has become a major hearing health problem. Complaints of hearing loss as people age is by far the most common complaint heard in the office at Audiology & Hearing Center of Tampa. There are other reasons for hearing loss, but damage from noise tops the list.

Hearing protection equipment ranges from simple to complex, from foam earplugs to advanced, valve-operated shooter’s earphones. We will look at some of the main categories of protection and their uses.


Earplugs are inserted in the ears to block or reduce sound waves coming into the ear canal from reaching the eardrum. Some earplugs double as protection from water while swimming and diving. Earplugs are the most portable, lightest solution for noise reduction.


Ear covers are used for more protection than earplugs. There are many styles and levels of protection in earphones. They are used in large part in loud construction or manufacturing environments, for specialties like shooting, and anywhere loud noise is the rule of the day.

Shooter’s earphones

Ear protectors with a special valve that closes during the sharp report of guns firing are called shooter’s earphones. Hunters use them so they can hear sounds from the surrounding landscape or other hunters but want the maximum ear protection when guns are fired.

Custom earmolds

A plastic mold of your outer ear forms the basis for custom ear protection products. Much like a mold is taken of the ear canal for small hearing aids, the earmold will carry ear protection plugs or act as earphones, which can be made smaller and lighter since they already fit your ears perfectly.

Musicians’ earplugs and monitors

A special category of hearing protection is the musicians’ monitor. In concert or in recording studios, musicians must hear all the notes and rhythms while being protected from the loudest sounds. Monitors and earplugs are designed to allow these musical frequencies to the eardrum.


Water sports can damage the structures of the ear. The best defense is to use a protection product designed to keep water out. Swimmers’ earplugs accomplish this while allowing a certain amount of sound through, depending on the density of the product.

Hearing Protection Products We Offer Include:

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Your Hearing Matters. The majestic bugle of a bull elk. The raucous cackle of a rooster pheasant. The distinctive spring of a trap machine. One of the reasons you enjoy hunting and the shooting sports is the sounds associated with them. Before heading to the range or the field, make sure your hearing is protected, but don’t sacrifice your enjoyment. Protect your hearing with ESPs and enhance your experience in the woods, marshes, fields, and at the range. Your Hearing Matters.

The ESP Stealth provides you with the highest quality digital sound in a custom-molded, in-the-ear plug. The sounds you hear from the state-of-the-art digital circuitry in the Stealth are so natural you’ll forget you’re wearing them. The enhanced intelligent algorithms identify unwanted background noises without suppressing the sounds you want to hear. Whether hunting or shooting, the Stealth includes the advanced noise compression circuitry required to protect your hearing from noises over 90db while allowing you to experience all the natural sounds around you. Whether a hunter or a shooter, the rich, clear digital sounds will benefit you in any situation. In addition, the Stealth can also be custom programmed to match your hearing.

About Electronic Shooters Protection:

Since 1994, ESP has served hunters and shooters by providing the original, custom-fit, in-the-ear hearing protection. ESP electronic hearing protectors and earplugs are custom-molded to your ears for a precise, comfortable fit. They protect your ears from damaging noises while simultaneously amplifying the normal sounds around you.

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Hunting Ear Plugs


Hunting, shooting and sudden noise. A filter instantaneously closes when damaging noise levels are reached. Allows essentially normal hearing at all other times.

Music Hearing Plugs


Ideal for performing musicians and concert-goers. Also great for flight attendants, bartenders, waiters, dental professionals. Allows wearer to hear sounds accurately, but at reduced levels. Three filter options available: 9dB, 15dB or 25dB.

Swim Plugs


For swimming and showering – and they FLOAT! Also provide superb noise reduction.

Sleep Plugs


Offers comfortable and uninterrupted rest. Also great for shift workers with non-traditional hours.

Motorsport Plugs


Designed with a hollow canal for under helmet use to reduce wind buffeting.

Surfer Plugs


Designed to prevent surfer’s ear and swimmer’s ear caused by exposure to cold water and wind. The floatable material is molded with a sealed membrane spanning the sound bore that keeps cold water and air out of the ear canal, but allows for conversation and hearing while in the ear.

Occupational Plugs


Ideal for high-noise industrial environments.

Custom Ear Buds


For use with any bud/button style earphones.

DefendEar 1

DefendEar 1:

Amplification for situational awareness, as well as noise attenuation when you pull the trigger.

DefendEar 2

DefendEar 2:

Offers two modes, game, which is optimized for intermittent shots, and clay mode, which is optimized for continued shots. 

DefendEar Hunter

DefendEar Hunter:

Offers standard digital features and provides protection in windy environments.