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New Etymotic Blastplug Earphones to Use Military Grade Tech


New Etymotic Blastplug Earphones to Use Military Grade Tech

Etymotic, the headphone manufacturer is designing a range of headphones aimed at the military, or indeed anyone else wanting to look after their hearing.

Dubbed the Blastplugs, they will cancel out noise above 85dB, but amplify it under this level. The idea isn’t just to let soldiers listen to their favourite playlists in peace, but to help them to communicate with each other under noisy conditions, such as, say, a battlefield.

One of the debilitating effects of hearing loss is the inability to locate sounds, which is something of a major problem for soldiers returning to the field. That said, the Blastplugs should interest anyone wanting to look after their hearing.

The good news is that Etymotic will be selling the headphones to the rest of us too. The company has said that it will be aiming them specially at firing range enthusiasts and, not that we approve, at hunters.

We’ve generally been pretty impressed by Etymotic’s efforts in the past, so we look forward to getting our ear canals around the Blastplugs when they launch later in the year.

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July 22, 2010, 3:24 pm

"not that we approve"

+1 :¬)

Tim Sutton

July 22, 2010, 4:33 pm

What? Why are hunters disapproved of? In a story about tech to help soldiers kill *people*, you disapprove of hunting?

Honestly, the stupidity of the blindly anti-hunt lobby is just unbelievable sometimes.

Anyway, if these work properly I'll certainly consider a pair instead of ear protectors when I'm on shoots, though they probably won't be as effective at keeping ears from freezing..


July 22, 2010, 5:27 pm

This isn't very new technology. It's much akin to the series of pretective hearing devices made by Walker (Game Ear). They amplifiy low sound pressure levels and attenuate (approx 30 dB) high pressure levels.

Ah, the standard media hack at shooting. I forgot anyone who enjoys shooting in its varying forms must be psychopathic, well so the media keep telling me this, so it 'must' be true. What utter tosh.

@Tim Sutton: Think I'll stay with earmuffs too, they do keep your ears warm :) They can get in the way though, often stops me from getting my cheek on the cheek piece.


July 22, 2010, 5:41 pm

"Honestly, the stupidity of the blindly anti-hunt lobby is just unbelievable sometimes."

As unbelievable as the idea of not hunting may be to you, this is a really insulting way for you to express your view. What makes you think that all people who are anti hunting are a) stupid, and b) in some way blinded?

Even if some of those in the anti-hunt lobby haven't considered the other side of the argument, your blanket statement is a gross and false generalisation. How would you feel if someone wrote "Honestly, the stupidity of the blindly pro-gun lobby is just unbelievable sometimes"! Feel insulted?

Have some respect!

Tim Sutton

July 22, 2010, 6:06 pm


The merits (or lack of) of hunting are irrelevant here.. the stupidity isn't that I don't agree with the authors views of hunting, but that it's a story about a product that's designed to help kill humans.

And the author is fine with that, but not with shooting animals? How is that anything but stupid?


July 22, 2010, 6:16 pm

@Tim Sutton: I think that's something of a leap of logic. It's not a product designed to help kill anything, it serves a number of purposes one of which is use in the military. Besides, there are arguments for animals being more innocent than humans but that's a whole kettle of fish I'm certainly not going to get into.

Tim Sutton

July 22, 2010, 6:25 pm


Leap of logic my ars.. I mean, I don't agree. It was a kneejerk cheap hit against hunting.


July 22, 2010, 6:51 pm

@Tim Sutton: Exactly, it was a cheap shot. To then infer that we approve of killing humans is another level. As I say, I'm not really going to go down this road but the basic logic is that hunting is killing for sport whereas war isn't. There are of course holes in that argument but the point stands.

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