Television Equipment Associates' High Threat Headset (HTH) incorporates a rugged active hearing protector in combination with hyper-sensitive ambient noise amplification plus whisper mic communications and tactical push-to-talk. The hear-through is provided by two separate, well-shielded mics which allow the user to have optimum stereo effect and location of sound direction. While the user's hearing is protected from concussion damage, ambient sound can be amplified so that he will hear a faint whisper or sounds of movement. The HTH fits under tactical helmets and accommodates gas masks and goggles. The boom mic plugs into gas masks/SCBA voice emitters for improved communications when gas is deployed.