GunSonics is the finest noise-cancelling ear protection available today. Period.
With GunSonics! you can fire your gun and hear conversations and range commands over gunshots in total comfort and safety.


GunSonics! amplifies ambient sounds such as speech, while removing damaging gunfire noise. You can hold a normal conversation less than two feet away from someone firing a rifle or revolver with no audio cut out or stutter.


Do what you do best and shoot. Tests show that GunSonics! outperforms and protects your hearing better than any electronic ear defender. It costs a lot less too.


Use your iPhone to transform low cost passives into better than even the best electronic ear defenders


GunSonics! available on the app store

One gunshot can cause permanent deafness. Protect your hearing.

According to manufacturer specifications top of the range electronic ear protectors for shooting take between 1.5ms to 6ms for their electronics to block the sound of the gunshot.

However most gunshot blasts peak within 1ms so even with the fastest electronic earmuffs, shooters may be exposed to harmful noise through the speakers inside the electronic earmuffs.


Recordings taken from an iPhone 5 headphone output running GunSonics! show that only safe levels of sound reach your earphones.

GunSonics for rifles, pistols, revolvers, shotguns and black powder

6 presets for ease of use

GunSonics! comes with six presets customized for the specific sound signature of each type of gun. The GunSonics app is suitable for all firearms including;

  • Shotguns
  • Rifles
  • Pistols
  • Revolvers
  • Black Powder
  • Semi Automatics

Plus, you can choose between single shot or automatic weapons.

GunSonics! Support FAQ

Designed for gun users, the Gunsonics! app works with any earphones designed for iOS, worn beneath passive ear protectors or SmartEar, the gunshot isolating earphones designed for GunSonics! by hearing protection specialist UltimateEar. Gun users can listen, talk and shoot with safety. The level of hearing protection is determined by the SNR/NRR rating of the ear protectors used with GunSonics.

Double Hearing Protection can be achieved with the new GunSonics! 'SmartEar' worn at the same time as any passive ear protectors. When used alone, SmartEar has an impressive 31 SNR rating.

GunSonics! uses patent applied for technology, to enhance quiet sounds like an instructors voice or animal movements, while reducing the sound of a gunshot to a small harmless pop…

GunSonics! Usage

  • Suitable for all gun types, rifles, shotguns, pistols, semi and full auto firearms using any calibre from .22 upwards on indoor and outdoor ranges.
  • Ideal for shooters, instructors, students, spectators, gun clubs, group shooting and sporting events.
  • No more feeling isolated or not knowing when it's safe to remove ear protectors.
  • No more waiting for others to finish shooting before taking instruction.
GuSonics! the ear defender app

How to use GunSonics!

  1. 1. Plug your earphones with built in mic into your iPhone or iPod Touch. Note: ‘made for Android’ earphones are not compatible
  2. 2. Put on passive ear protectors over the top
  3. 3. Select GunSonics app on your iPhone or iPod Touch
  4. 4. Make sure headset microphone and lead are positioned comfortably and out of the way
  5. 5. Choose gun type on the GunSonics! selector and Auto or Single-Shot
  6. 6. Adjust the volume so you can hear conversation naturally
  7. 7. Lock your screen and put your iPhone or iPod Touch in a safe pocket
  8. We recommend you put your device in Airplane mode to avoid distractions while shooting.
How to use GunSonics! app


GunSonics! is not a replacement for ear protectors/defenders/muffs! You must always use ear protectors over your earphones when using GunSonics! UNLESS you are using SMARTEAR, the gunshot isolating earphones purpose built for GunSonics.

For Double Hearing Protection wear any passive ear protectors with SMARTEAR, this combination with GunSonics! produces the most effective electronic hearing and ear protection system for shooting that outperforms all commercially available electronic ear-defenders.

SMARTEAR is available from Ultimate Hearing Protection Systems: tel: +44 (0) 1689 876885 or visit www.ultimateear.com.


Frequently Asked Questions

GunSonics should work with any earphones with an in-line mic designed for iOS. Never use earphones designed for Android devices with GunSonics, they are wired differently and may cause feedback or other unpredictable results.


1. Can I use in-ear headphones like Etymotic hf3 instead of wearing ear protectors?

GunSonics! must always be used with over ear type protectors unless you are using GunSonics! SMARTEAR Gunshot Isolating Earphones, even then we recommend using over ear protectors for double hearing protection. After all, guns are loud!

Wearing correctly fitted Etymotics or similar underneath ear protectors, will increase the level of passive protection.


2. What happens if I choose the wrong gun preset?

GunSonics! will work even if you choose the wrong preset however choosing the wrong preset may affect low volume sounds like speech.


3. What is auto-fire?

Auto-fire mode should be selected for automatic or semi-automatic weapons or when groups of people are firing at the same time.


4. What is Spectator mode?

Spectator mode is suitable for anybody visiting a shooting range, watching a competition and gun instructors.


5. Will Gunsonics! affect my iPhone battery life?

No. Gunsonics has a minimal effect on iPhone battery life, about the same as any other app.


6. What about Android?

The Android OS is notoriously way behind iOS in terms of realtime audio, there is an unavoidable microphone delay time of around a quarter of a second delay (or less) which can be distracting however Essency have released a simplified version of GunSonics! on Android called GunShot Suppressor which still offers much safer audio that any commercial electronic ear defender and allows users enjoy Double Hearing Protection. See the Essency website for further information.


7. Does GunSonics work with an iPod Touch?

Yes, GunSonics works with all iOS 7 and 8 devices.

GunSonics is designed for all firearms

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GunSonics SmartEar

SmartEar by hearing protection specialists Ultimate Ear is the new Gunshot Isolating Earphones specifically designed for Essency's GunSonics! app.


With an SNR of 31, moulded plugs, 'matched for GunSonics' microphone and earphone speakers manufactured by one of the UK's leading authorities on hearing protection, SmartEar for GunSonics comes with a pedigree you can trust.


GunSonics SmartEar provides a perfect solution to an age old problem faced by shooters, the ability to communicate safely at a shooting range.


Traditional electronic ear-defenders typically have lower passive protection and users have no option of 'double protecting' their hearing, making electronic ear defenders less than ideal for long shooting sessions and increases the potential for hearing damage.


GunSonics SmartEar is the world's most advanced electronic ear and hearing protection for shooting, it is the only form of electronic ear protection that allows you to double protect your hearing by using any passive ear defenders to produce 36 NRR (the highest physically possible level of hearing protection).


Coupled with the safest audio circuitry for shooting (patent applied for), GunSonics SmartEar outperforms every single electronic ear defender on the market, even the ones priced in the thousands.


No wonder GunSonics Smartear is rapidly becoming the professionals choice.


SmartEar is available from Ultimate Ear in the UK, visit Ultimate Ear, phone +44 (0) 1689 876885 or Mail


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