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    Posted: February/27/2020 at 08:55
Ok, I have fought off the custom in ear bug for a long long time. While at shot show this year I came across Westone/Cens booth. I stopped and chatted with for a few minutes and all was well. I was told to contact them a few weeks after shot for more info and perts and such Jeff Ipson is a great guy to chat with and answered ALL of my questions. I had tons of them. I'm sure he seen my number email address he took a big sighsss before answering.. SO,  I finally talked myself into getting some custom in the ear hearing protection DX3's. I must say, The process was way easier that I thought it would be. I had to have a custom mold done of my ear canal and ear. I called a local audiologist 40 bucks and 20 minutes later I have the molds. I mailed them off to Jeff with the colors I wanted and a few other details and a week later the custom in ear DX3 was at my door.

The Dx3 are amazing.... Looking back I should have bought these years and years ago... There well worth the shekels. I have used mine for a few range trip with rifles and skeet. They work perfect and a very clear when listing to shooters talking. when they stop the shot sound is so fast you don't realize the DX3 did anything, but they do. The ear mold fit perfect and DO Not hurt your ears or make them sore after a few minutes. I have worn them for hours and hours and they are nice and comfy.I have went thru the volume and modes. I keep mine at around half volume and on range mode. also if there just in your ear and not turned on they are better than the foam plugs, so that is a bonus. The batteries are very cheap but last a lot longer than I thought they would in these. I'm at 200 hours and there still going strong.That just works best for me. I;m now hoping to get these for some of the skeet shooters I work with.
Here are a few pictures of the DX3 and i'll add the info from westone's web page also. and if you want to ask question or order some tell Jeff jeffi@westone.com I Sent you. 


The new and improved DefendEar DigitalX (DEDX) series is our latest generation of custom, digital hearing protection. One of our brand new models to be introduced in this line, the DX3 features three digitally optimized programs or “modes” for users to choose from, which include: Clay, Game and the all new Tactical mode. The DX3 offers the same digital rocker switch that is featured with our flagship DEDX model, the DX5, and is available in our full range of metallic color choices. The DX3 also utilizes a digital “Auto-Save” feature, so your personal user settings that are in place when you turn your DX3s off will still be in place the next time you turn them back on. Just like the rest of our DEDX models, the new DX3 comes with an extended two year warranty and is CE EN352 certified.

  1. CLAY MODE - Outdoor Clay Range. Optimized for a faster rate of fire with other shooters firing nearby, leaving the user exposed to more prolonged loud levels
  2. GAME MODE - Outdoor Game Shooters. Following a gunshot, the device activates reducing output levels to keep the shooter safe from harmful noise. The sound level then immediately returns to normal, allowing the user to hear approaching quarry.
  3. RANGE MODEL - Outdoor Fast Action Shooting. Reduced low level gain minimizes irritating sounds like those caused as a shooter runs on gravel or dry grass for example. Following a gunshot, the device activates reducing output levels to keep the shooter safe from harmful noise. The sound level then immediately returns to normal, allowing the user to communicate with their team.

All programs have been optimized for general conditions as each name suggests, however as every user’s perception of sound will vary, each user will find that the programs are also suitable in a range of different conditions or environments. The protection offered will not change regardless of users’ environment!


The DX3 vocally advises you which mode you are using, and updates you as you change between modes, ensuring the user is always aware of their selected mode. It will also alert you when you are at minimum or maximum volume levels. You will also hear beeps as you toggle through the levels in between. Vocal feedback is also given when battery power becomes low and critical.


The DX3 also feature a dedicated power button that doubles as a mute function, for those critical moments where concentration is key. The mute function is ideal for the competition shooter, some prefer the quietness of mute to allow concentration on their set up and preparation prior to calling a target.


The DX3 will remember your last set volume level and mode selection - even when the device is switched off or the battery is removed.

    • - Digital Volume Control Switch
    • - Dedicated On/Off Switch
    • - Vocal Feedback
    • - Startup program indicator
    • - Minimum and maximum volume
    • - Program selection
    • - Mute
    • - Low Battery Warning
    • - Volume and Program Auto-Save
    • - 3 Digitally Optimized Programs
    • - 6 Metallic Door Colors
    • - WaterShield protection
    • - Size 13 Battery
    • - NRR 26
    • - IPIL: 37.3/44/42
    • - 2 Year Warranty
    • - Pair DefendEar Digital Earmolds
    • - Digital Modules (L&R)
    • - High-Impact Hard Case
    • - Cleaning Cloth
    • - Oto-Ease Lubricant
    • - Oto-Clens Cleaning Solution
    • - Battery Tool/Cleaning Loop
    • - Embroidered DefendEar Patch
    • - 6 - Size 13 Batteries
    • Outdoor Use Only
    • - Recreational Shooting
    • - Clay Target
    • - Game Hunting
    • - Competition Shooting
  • again contact and let him know I sent ya.
  • jeffi@westone.com

Edited by Bigdaddy0381 - February/27/2020 at 09:37
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The custom molded ear pieces are a real "force multiplier" in hearing/noise reduction gear.  Properly done, they far outperform any of the "over the ear" gear available.  Expensive... yes, but compare it to a set of hearing aids that do not generally fit as well or perform as robustly.  My mother-in-law needed hearing aids, bought from the hearing doctors' recommended supplier... they did not "form fit" them and always had a background "hum"... they cost $6000.00.  She returned them and got her money back, bought an off the internet aid that cost a couple of hundred dollars and performed better (no hum).  
I'll be checking these out in the near future.

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