EB15®•LE Electronic Earplugs

Electronic BlastPLG® Earplugs
Electronic BlastPLG® Earplugs
EB15•LE User ManualSee User Manual for detailed operating instructions.
Gunshot Localization Research
Gunshot Localization ResearchCopyright © by John G. Casali and John P. Keady, 2010.
Backup Alarm Localization Research
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Better protection from blasts without sacrificing situational awareness
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Safe-in-Sound Award for Innovation
in Hearing Loss Prevention

Awarded by NIOSH and the National
Hearing Conservation Association

EB15•LE electronic earplugs are designed for those who want to maintain natural hearing while protecting their ears from impulse and continuous loud noises like gunfire, explosions, vehicles, and machinery.

Learn more at EtymoticDefense.com

  • In-ear design; the device fits both ears
  • Proven 360° situational awareness (horizontal plane)
  • Uncompromised sound detection and localization
  • Unrivaled speech intelligibility in loud noise

Dual-Mode Switch

Mode 1: Adaptive Hearing Protection + Blast Protection
  • Users maintain natural hearing
  • 15 dB adaptive attenuation for sounds between 90-120 SPL, with increased attenuation up to the 35-40 dB limit of the eartip seal
  • Blast protection
Mode 2: Hearing Enhancement + Blast Protection
  • Amplifies soft sounds up to 5X
  • Blast protection

In the box:GSP-15 Accessories

  • 2 electronic BlastPLG® earplugs
  • Durable neck cord
  • 7 pairs of ACCU-Fit™ eartips
  • Batteries
  • Cleaning tool
  • ACCU•Filters™ and
    filter removal tool
  • Protective Case


Contains signal processing with wide-dynamic-range compression, plus variable recovery time with instant recovery from blasts and slower recovery of normal sounds for better speech intelligibility. BlastPLG earplugs have the highest bandwidth and the highest undistorted input capability of any active hearing protectors, hearing aids or personal sound amplifying devices at any price in any industry.


For Domestic U.S. Orders

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For International Orders Under $50.

When ordering from the Etymotic web store (www.etymotic.com) an automatic UPS shipping fee is charged to your credit card.

International orders less than $50 are shipped via the U.S. Postal Service for $2.00. Once the order is processed through the Etymotic shopping cart, a refund for the difference will be applied to your credit card.

Small Beige Foam Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 6-9mm
BUY NOW - $14.00 4 Pairs

Large Yellow Foam Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 10-14mm
BUY NOW - $14.00 3 Pairs

Black Foam Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 8-13mm
BUY NOW - $14.00 5 Pairs

Small Frost 3-Flange Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 7-11mm
BUY NOW - $14.00 5 Pairs

Small 3-Flange Long Stem Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 7-11mm
BUY NOW - $14.00 5 Pairs

Glider Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 8-11mm
BUY NOW - $14.00 3 Pairs

Gray 3-Flange Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 8-13mm
BUY NOW - $14.00 5 Pairs

Clear 3-Flange Long Stem Eartips
Ear Canal Opening: 8-13mm
BUY NOW - $14.00 5 Pairs

For New Models
BUY NOW - $10.00 2/pkg

Filter Removal Tool (no filters)
BUY NOW - $1.50 Each

Cleaning Brush w/ Loop & Magnet
BUY NOW - $1.50 Each

Neck Cord
BUY NOW - $3.75 Each

Headband for Wind Noise
BUY NOW - $3.00 Each

Zippered Pouch
BUY NOW - $4.00 Each

Zippered Pouch
BUY NOW - $4.00 Each

Deluxe Zippered Pouch
BUY NOW - $14.95 Each

Hard Case for Electronic Hearing Protection
BUY NOW - $6.00 Each

Filters for the New EB15•LE

New GSP-15
If your EB15•LE looks like
the picture above use the
following accessories

Filter Removal Tool with 4 Filters
BUY NOW - $11.50 Each

Red Filters
BUY NOW - $15.00 6/pkg

Filters for the Original EB15•LE

Old GSP-15
If your EB15•LE looks like
the picture above use the
following accessories

Filter Removal Tool with 4 Filters
BUY NOW - $11.50 Each

Green Filters
BUY NOW - $15.00 6/pkg

What makes the EB15•LE different from other Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs)?

There are two types of hearing protection devices: passive and active.  Passive HPDs, such as earmuffs and foam earplugs, offer users adequate protection, but greatly reduce their sound detection and localization capabilities. As detection and localization are the two key attributes to auditory situational awareness, most end users who are issued passive HPDs choose not to wear them.

Unlike its passive counterparts, the EB15•LE is an active hearing protection/enhancement device (HPED).  This means that the EB15•LE uses electronic circuitry to restore the situational awareness that is generally lost by the obstruction of the ear canal. In comparison to other active HPEDs, the EB15•LE provides the best sound detection and localization capabilities on the market, often at a fraction of the price.  As an added benefit, a switch is provided to allow users to toggle between natural and 5X enhanced hearing, as the user deems necessary.

Why is there no on/off switch?

The EB15•LE uses standard #10 hearing aid batteries.  Because these batteries begin losing their charge as soon as their tab is pulled off, and cannot be turned off to save energy, there is no reason to include an on/off switch.  After all, why include one more thing to break?

How long do batteries last? Are they easy to find?

The EB15•LE's #10 hearing aid batteries tend to last about 10 Days after the tab is removed.  As they are standard hearing batteries, they are readily available in most pharmacies and grocery stores.  If you only use the devices occasionally, carry spare batteries.

Does battery life depend on the mode used (LO or HI)?


Will the EB15•LE's still provide protection when the batteries run out?

Yes.  When the batteries run out, the EB15•LE becomes a passive HPD.  It does not offer any enhancement of situational awareness, but will still provide full protection from both impulse and steady-state noises.

What are the best eartips to use with the EB15•LE earplugs?

Ear canals come in different shapes and sizes.  To obtain optimal sound quality and noise isolation, eartips must be properly sealed in the ear canal.  All EB15•LEs are packaged with 5 pairs of eartips.  We recommend experimenting to see which eartips provides the most comfortable and effective seal for you.

What are filters, and what are they used for?

The EB15•LE electronic earplugs are equipped with special filters that enhance sound quality and prevent ear wax and other agents from entering the receivers. If a filter becomes clogged, and sounds are no longer audible, it should be replaced. The frequency and need to change filters varies widely among users.

Do I need custom molds for the EB15•LE?

EB15•LE earplugs come with a large supply of ready-fit eartips. Additional sizes are available as accessories. Customization is an option, but in general it is not difficult to obtain a comfortable seal with the eartips provided.

Where can I order replacement eartips, filters and other accessories?

Purchase eartips, filters and other accessories online at www.etymotic.com/ephp/ehp-acc.html or call Customer Service toll free at 888-389-6684.

What does NRR mean?

The US Environmental Protection Agency requires manufacturers to print a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) on all non-custom earplugs. The formula used to determine NRR includes an adjustment for individual variability and for those persons who do not wear hearing protection as instructed. NRR is computed from laboratory data that are usually not representative of the values attained in the real world by actual users. In the case of Etymotic electronic earplugs, the rating does not accurately represent the maximum sound reduction provided.

Will I hear distortion in the EB15•LE when a firearm is discharged?

Peak sound pressure levels above 120 dB are simply clipped to safe levels by the output limitation of the circuit. Because these bursts are so short – on the order of a few milliseconds – the clipped transients are safe. Since clipping is essentially instantaneous, the users' hearing is completely protected from intense transients. The nearly instantaneous recovery time of the circuit ensures that there is no loss of fidelity. All the while, ongoing sounds are natural, so you are never "off the air."

What is "adaptive attenuation"?

In acoustics, to attenuate sound means to reduce it. Think of 'adaptive' as being able to change with the environment. The EB15•LE earplugs contain circuitry that automatically changes as sound levels change. When sound levels are safe, hearing is natural, as if nothing is in the ears. As the sound pressure level (SPL) increases, the circuitry gradually changes from natural hearing to 15-dB attenuation (reduction). In the HI switch position there is up to 5X improvement in situational awareness.

What makes the EB15•LE earplugs high fidelity?

The EB15•LE earplugs contain high-definition transducers, balanced-armature drivers and high-sensitivity microphones. The bandwidth (40 Hz – 16 kHz) is unprecedented, and the sound quality exceeds that of all known electronic earplugs and modern digital hearing aid devices.

What is that funny ticking, or motorboating sound I hear in my EB15•LE earplugs?

The ticking, or motorboating sound is called LOBAT™, a special feature that warns you when a battery is at the end of its life. The performance of the EB15•LE does not change when the sound is present.  If heard, users tend to have enough warning to change batteries at a convenient time.  If not, the EB15•LE will continue to provide full passive protection for the user.


EB15•LE earplugs turn on and off by opening and closing the battery door.
Note: It is not necessary to remove the battery as long as the door is open wide enough to disable the circuit.

EB15-LE Diagram

Dual-Mode Switch

LO position
  • Allows natural hearing until noise exceeds safe levels
  • Automatic high-fidelity 15-dB sound reduction for continuous loud noise
  • Maximum protection from blasts
EB15-LE Switch Up
        (switch toward device)

HI position

  • Amplifies soft sounds and conversational speech
  • Maximum protection from blasts
EB15-LE Switch Down
        (switch away from device)


Important: Sound quality and noise isolation depend on a good eartip seal.
  • Carefully insert the earplug while pulling up and out on the back of the ear.
  • Twist and push gently until the eartip seals in the ear canal.
  • 3-flange eartip: Moistening eases insertion.
  • Foam eartip: Roll down or compress foam eartip before inserting. Hold the eartip in place for about 5 seconds while the foam expands to create a tight seal in the ear canal.
  • Glider eartip: Simply push into ear canal.


Remove the device with a slow twisting motion. Open jaw slightly to equalize pressure, because suction can occur when the eartip is removed.


  • Do not expose to extreme temperatures.
  • Avoid dropping and strong impact.
  • Leave eartip on the earplug for shock protection.
  • Clean or replace eartips prior to use by others.

Cleaning and Replacing Eartips

Over time eartips may lose their elasticity. For best performance and retention, replace 3-flange eartips every 3-6 months. Replace foam and glider eartips regularly.

To clean the 3-flange eartips:

  • Remove the eartip from the earplug.
  • Clean with water and mild soap.
  • Dry the eartip before placing it back on the earplug.

Changing the Filter

The earpiece in the HD•15 earplugs have a special filter that smoothes the frequency response and prevents earwax from entering the earphone. The filter is located at the end of the earplug and is visible when the eartip is removed. Change the filter if loudness decreases or the sound quality declines.

Note: Filters are not reusable.


Note: Use the tool to remove the filter.
1. Remove eartip. 2. Insert tool into the filter. 3. Remove filter and discard.


Note: Do not use the tool to replace the filter.
4. Insert a new filter. 5. Press gently against a hard
    surface to secure it in place.
6. Re-attach eartip.
EB15•LE Switch: LO
EB15•LE Switch: HI
EB15LE Diagram LOEB15LE Diagram HI
25 dB
Frequency Response
50 Hz – 16 kHz
High-definition, balanced armature
ACCU•Fit™ Eartips
7 pairs of eartips for seal and secure fit in most ears
ACCU•Filter™ Replaceable Filters
Filters shape frequency response and protect transducers from ear wax
Personalized molds for long-lasting comfort
312 zinc air; 2-3 weeks battery life on a single cell
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