Howard Leight hearing protection review

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Hearing protection is essential for everyone. Exposure to noise greater than 140 dB can damage hearing ability permanently. To prevent suffering from hearing loss during working, wear a hearing protection device is a must. In the market, there are many hearing protection products offered for us. Howard Leight is the leader in this industry. Over the 30 years, Howard Leight keeps innovating and developing solutions for hearing protection under extreme environment.


Howard Leight has manufactured many hearing protection earmuffs, ranging from Leightning to Thunder. Which model is the best for me? This post is going to help you selecting the most appropriate Howard Leight shooting hearing protection by comparing the series in various factors, including design, function, and price.


Howard Leight has three collections of hearing protection earmuffs. They are

  • Noise Blocking Earmuffs
  • Radio + Stereo Earmuffs
  • Sound Management Earmuffs


Noise Blocking Earmuffs

is a collection of hearing protection earmuffs that suitable for many workers and environments. Leightning and Thunder are introduced in this post.





This series has a steel-wire structure. You can see the connection between the headband and the earcup is connected by a strong steel wire. This steel wire provides remarkable durability.

Besides, the strong structure earmuff has a snap-in ear cushion that makes replacement quickly and easily.

The L0F model is a foldable version. It can be folded to less than 4” wide which makes it convenient to bring along.


This durable earmuff has used the patented Air Flow Control technology which reduces the noise with different frequencies If you want to know more about this technology, you can click HERE. Of course, this advanced technology can reduce all unwanted noise. However, the important noise is also reduced. You cannot hear co-workers’ voice easily and naturally. The technology is a double-edged sword.


Howard Leight by Honeywell Leightning L0F Ultraslim Folding Earmuff

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Howard Leight by Honeywell Leightning L3 Earmuff

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Unlike Leightning, Thunder has a dual headband, not a steel-wire covered with a fabric cloth. This headband provides better positioning and breathability. The outer headband cannot be deformed easily that pressure on the head is minimized.

This earmuff has a name “Thunder” because of its dielectric construction. The earmuff is made of insulator material which can protect users from an electric environment. It is a plus for worker.

Snap-in ear cushion is equipped with Thunder as Leightning.


The patented Air Flow Control technology is also equipped with Thunder as Leightning. Just want to remind you about the drawback of this feature.


Howard Leight by Honeywell Thunder Series T3 Dielectric Earmuff

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Radio + Stereo Earmuffs

is a series allowing you listen to music from a built-in AM/FM radio or a personal audio device while providing noise reduction. Sync Stereo Earmuff and Sync Hi-Vis Digital is included in this post.


Sync Stereo



The Sync Stereo Earmuff has a sleek diamond pattern headband which makes you look cool and makes cleaning easier.

Also, it is equipped with a reinforced fork slider. It allows you to adjust the height easily and makes you feel comfortable.


3.5mm audio input cable allows you to plug in a smartphone, MP3 players or other portable audio players. No batteries are required so you can plug in and go!

Volume Management Technology controls the output volume from portable audio devices does not exceed 82 dBA to secure your hearing. Noise with most low to medium dangerous level is reduced.

Howard Leight tuned the sound of this earmuff, especially the acoustic bass which is usually sacrificed in stereo earmuff. This adjustment makes Stereo Sync has a sound comparable to professional and advanced personal stereo headphones.


Howard Leight Sync Noise-Blocking Stereo Earmuff

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Sync Hi-Vis Digital AM/FM Radio



Sync Hi-Vis Digital AM/FM Radio is eye-catching bright green in color. This color makes you highly noticeable even when you are working at night or places with low lighting. There are also another feature increase your visibility. Sync Hi-Vis Digital AM/FM Radio’s headband is reflective which reflect the light from surrounding to increase your visibility and ensure your safety during work.

Although Sync Hi-Vis Digital AM/FM Radio has many functions, its weight is light which is about 1 pounds. Also, with the cushioned headband and snap-in ear cushion, you can use it all day comfortably.


Only this device can receive AM/FM signal directly to let you enjoy the radio while working. It provides high-quality radio reception and 10 stations memory presets. You do not need to tune the channel every time. It also has a 3.5mm audio input cable. You can use it as a headphone to listen to music.

Of course, the patented Air Flow Control technology is also equipped with Sync Hi-Vis Digital AM/FM Radio for noise reduction to protect your ears.

Unlike Sync Stereo, Sync Hi-Vis Digital AM/FM Radio requires 2 AA batteries to work. But, it can function up to 111 hours. If you use it 10 hours per day, you can use it for 11 days without replacing batteries.


Howard Leight by Honeywell Sync Hi-Visibility Digital AM/FM Radio Earmuff

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Sound Management Earmuffs

is the only series using passive and electronic technologies which allow you hear co-workers’ voices, alarms and warnings naturally while blocking noise. Impact Sport is included in this post.

Impact Sport



Impact Sport has three colors which are Tactical Black, Camouflage Green, and Hunter Green. I would prefer Camouflage Green because this color is rare in hearing protection earmuff market. It only has a foldable version for convenient storage. The soft headband provides you a comfortable positioning.


In order to enhance communication, Impact Sport amplifies low-level sound up to 4 times. It gives you a natural listening experience.

3.5mm audio input cable is equipped for playing music from iPod, MP3 players, or other portable audio players.

Again, the patented Air Flow Control technology is also included.

2 AAA batteries are required for amplification, noise reduction, and music players.


Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Sport Sound Amplification Electronic Earmuff

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5 thoughts on “Howard Leight hearing protection review

  1. Amy

    Thank you for offering such detailed information about hearing protection devices. My son has a neurological disorder that makes him sensitive to sound. By dividing the earmuffs into categories, you’ve made it easier for me to figure out which type would be the appropriate one for me to buy for him.

    I also appreciate your including the prices. One of my concerns was that it would be expensive to provide my son what he needs. You helped me realize that I didn’t have to spend a lot of money to take care of him. It helps to know what additional items, like batteries, that I’ll need for him. And it’s great to know they come in camouflage green – he’ll think they’re cool.

    1. admin

      I recommend your son to use the Radio + Stereo Earmuffs or Sound Management Earmuffs series. Teenagers love using the internet for entertaining, such as YouTube. These two series allow you to connect to the audio input so that your son can enjoy the music while using the earmuff. I think your son would love it.

  2. Marc

    A very well detailed review of this product. Will definitely check on it as I am a student pilot, every time I do my pre-flight check my ears are just being slammed by the roar of the jet engines. I hope they produce an aviation type headset, like a noise cancelling one. I would sure buy it!

    1. Billy

      Unfortunately, there are a fews earmuffs for aviation. Maybe Howard Leight hearing protection earmuff is an alternative. Howard Leight manufacture’s earmuff can function well in different ocasions. Hope this review can help you to select the right one that can fit satisfy your need.

  3. andy

    HI Billy, this articles is very attractive with are those noise blocking earmuffs. The prices is not expensive either and the workplace where I used to worked definitely needs those earmuffs. I think is a bit uncomfortable to wear it for the whole day, even though it protected the ear from the noise. I think it’s more suitable for indoor use with clean environment.

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