If you were unable to attend the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) “Rock the Boat” Convention November 3-5, 2011 in Bonita Springs, Florida, here is a quick summary of the GunSport Pro-1 and the HD-15 high-definition electronic earplugs, two of the hottest products on display at the Oaktree Products booth. The GunSport-Pro 1 electronic earplugs manufactured by Etymotic Research allows users to hear surrounding sounds naturally, while also protecting their ears from sudden, loud impulse noises such as blasts from firearms. The GunSport-Pro 1 is an ideal choice for gun sport enthusiasts, hunters, guides and professional shooters who want to hear naturally while protecting their hearing from sudden firearm blasts when there isn’t time to insert hearing protection.
The HD-15 electronic earplugs are ideal for individuals who are exposed to continuous loud noise from machinery, power tools, or construction equipment who need maximum protection from loud impact noises but want to experience natural hearing when no background noise is present. The two-position switch on the faceplate allows the user to select one of two modes. The On-Demand Hearing Protection Mode automatically delivers 15 dB protection when steady-state noise exceeds safe exposure limits while also providing maximum protection from loud impact noise. The Enhancement Mode of the HD-15 amplifies soft and conversational sounds for improved communication while also providing maximum protection from loud impact noise. The automatic 15 dB hearing protection is not active when the device is set to the Enhancement Mode. These products are available through Oaktree Products and represent viable options for gun enthusiasts/hunters and patients exposed to occupational noise who want to protect their hearing while staying aware of surrounding sounds.