First Look: Safariland Foam Impulse Hearing Protection Earbuds

posted on September 18, 2020

Safariland is known for making first-rate holsters and other gear for military, law enforcement, and the armed citizen. Now, with the introduction of the new Foam Impulse Hearing Protection Earbuds, Safariland is expanding its versatile and trusted Impulse Hearing Protection line. The new Foam Impulse Hearing Protection earbuds block damaging noise while allowing conversation and other ambient sounds, without the need for expensive electronics.

“I’m amazed how well they knock down noise levels,” Rob Leatham, professional competition shooter, said. “It’s a real game-changer in the fact that I can leave the Foam Impulse earbuds in my ears at all times to protect my hearing, but still hear what’s happening around me. You can’t do that with regular, passive earplugs or earmuffs!” 

Safariland’s Foam Impulse Hearing Protection earbuds reduce dangerous sound levels by up to 38 dB and offer 13 dB of continuous sound reduction, while still allowing speech and audio to be heard. The patent-pending Impulse Sound Filters instantly block the large sound waves that can damage hearing, while still permitting smaller sound waves associated with speech and audio to pass on into the ear.

The Foam Impulse Earbuds are washable and don’t interfere with eye protection or shouldered long guns, and don’t impede physical activity. With their small size, the Foam Impulse Earbuds are well-suited for all-day wear alone or under a traditional headset.

Safariland Foam Impulse Hearing Protection Earbuds Features

  • Instantly reduces dangerous sound levels while allowing speech and audio to be heard
  • Impulse Mode: 38 dB Peak Impulse Reduction + 13 dB Continuous Reduction
  • Full-Block Mode: 20 dB Continuous Reduction
  • Universal-fit, memory foam tips
  • Removable neck cord
  • No batteries required
  • Ideal for the shooting range, hunting, tactical training or operational missions

MSRP for Foam Impulse Hearing Protection Earbuds from Safariland is $14.99. More information on this hearing protection and other gear from Safariland is available at


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