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October 29, 2012 - Without compromising targeting performance, Howard Leight® Impact® Sport MIL sound amplification earmuff protects wearers from excessive noise from firearms while helping them stay aware of their environment. Built-in directional microphones amplify range commands and other ambient sounds up to safe 82 dBA. When ambient sound exceeds 82 dBA, listening circuit compresses ambient sound down to safe level. Noise Reduction Rating of 22 provides passive hearing protection.

New Howard Leight® Impact Sport MIL Earmuff Provides Active Hearing Protection, Meets Federal Procurement Requirement

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Honeywell International Inc.
101 Columbia Rd.
Morristown, NJ, 07960

Press release date: October 22, 2012

SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND, USA — Honeywell Safety Products today introduced a special version of the Howard Leight® Impact® Sport MIL sound amplification earmuff, providing passive hearing protection from firearms and other hazardous noise with enhanced situational awareness. This special version of the earmuff, produced in the United States, meets purchasing requirements set for US Federal government agencies and branches of the armed forces.

On the range and in the field, personal hearing protection from firearms and other hazardous noises must be balanced with one’s ability to hear range commands and maintain full situational awareness. Through sound management technologies, the Howard Leight Impact Sport MIL enables wearers to safely protect themselves from a wide range of noise and to stay connected with their environment without compromising their target performance.

The top selling electronic hearing protector in the shooting sports market, Impact Sport MIL is focused towards Hearing Conservation and shooting programs at government agencies, in law enforcement, and in certain military applications where soldiers and civilians are required to wear hearing protection on the shooting ranges, areas where hazardous noise is intermittent, and/or where clear communication is essential.

Situational Awareness
The Impact Sport MIL earmuff provides both passive hearing protection and enhanced situational awareness through ambient sound amplification and sound level limitation technologies. Impact Sport employs built-in directional microphones that amplify range commands and other ambient sounds up to a safe 82 dBA, providing more natural listening and enhancing communication. When ambient sound is above 82 dBA, the listening circuit automatically compresses the ambient sound down to a safe listening level. Additional features include:
• Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) 22 for adequate passive hearing protection.
• Sound amplification which may provide additional hearing assistance for users with existing hearing impairment.

Designed for Shooting
Impact Sport’s ultra-slim earcup design features cut-outs for full clearance of firearm stock, eliminating interference while shooting. Hunter green earcups provide additional coverage when in the field. The earmuff also features:
• Convenient folding design for easy storage.
• Included 3.5mm cable which connects to MP3 players or other personal listening devices.
• Battery life of up to 350 hours, from 2 AAA batteries (included), and automatic shut-off after 4 hours.

Improved Comfort
From its padded leatherette headband to its easy headband adjustment for a secure, non-slip fit, Impact Sport offers increased comfort, especially for long-term wear. Additional features include:
• Patented Air Flow Control™ technology for optimal attenuation across all frequencies with no increase in earcup size or weight.
• Telescopic height adjustment for optimized comfort and fit.

The new Howard Leight Impact Sport MIL sound amplification earmuffs (SKU # R-01526-MIL) are immediately available for purchase from industrial safety and PPE distributors throughout the US. Or, for more information, visit or call toll-free 1-800-430-5490.

About Howard Leight®
Honeywell Safety Products is the global provider of Howard Leight® passive and intelligent hearing protection solutions and the founder of the HearForever™ initiative. For over 30 years, Howard Leight products have helped wearers prevent occupational noise-induced hearing loss through innovation in hearing protection design, technology, performance and comfort, and the promotion of progressive Hearing Conservation Programs. Leading solutions include the highest attenuating MAX® single-use earplug; patented Air Flow Control™ technology for optimal earmuff attenuation; and the industry-changing VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system. Visit: Follow us on Twitter (@HowardLeight) at

About Honeywell
Honeywell International ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit

• Press contact: Don Goncalves, Tiziani Whitmyre public relations, 781-793-9380,
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