Ear Defenders

Ear defenders, also known as ear protectors, are designed to protect the ears and hearing from various types and sources of hazardous noise pollution. All ear defenders carry an SNR rating (Single Number Rating) which is the European industry-recognised standard level of protection offered. Using the correct type of ear defenders ensures the wearer's hearing is protected and can help to safeguard against the development of ear or hearing problems, such as tinnitus and hearing loss. For more information about the different types of ear defenders and how they work, please see our ear defenders guide.

When working in loud environments and industries such as factories and plants, construction sites, and demolition work, it is part of your required PPE (personal protection equipment) to have the correct ear protection. At RS Components, we have a range of ear defenders including products from some of the leading brands, such as 3M, Peltor, Delta Plus, JSP, Alpha Solway and our own brand RS PRO. We have a range of attachment types available, from headband and neckband ear defenders to helmet attachments.

Ear Defender Types

Ear defenders protect the user from damaging their hearing when working in noisy environments, providing noise reduction or cancellation. The two main types of ear defenders include passive and electronic, which both encase the ear for protection.

Passive ear defenders use acoustic foam pads to absorb sounds and act as a barrier to stop harmful levels of sound reaching the ears. They use acoustic foam to attenuate (reduce the impact of) incoming sounds whilst offering comfort for prolonged use.

Electronic ear defenders have a similar makeup to passive ear defenders, except for the small, built-in sensor that detects noise levels and adjusts the level of attenuation to provide noise protection accordingly.

Communication ear defenders use the base of electronic ear defenders with the addition of a microphone, radio and Bluetooth functionalities. They offer similar attenuation capabilities as passive and electronic defenders, blocking out low to medium noise, whilst allowing you to hear higher frequencies such as voices and alarms clearly. FM Radio ear defenders allow the user to listen to music or the radio whilst working. Lastly, the built-in communication allows the user to listen or speak and listen to other workers on the same frequency when working and still staying protected.

Types of communication ear defenders

Communication ear defenders can be ’listen-only’ or ’speak and listen”. Push-to-speak and push-to-listen ear defenders require the push of particular buttons to hear or be heard. Noise-cancelling microphones reduce the background noise when you are speaking, aiding clarity of communication.


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Description Price Series Attachment Type Single Number Rating SNR Standards Met Folding Product Weight Colour Bluetooth Connection Type FM Radio Noise Cancelling Microphone Push to Talk Button Communication Type
RS Stock No. 778-5234
Mfr. Part No.X5A-SV
Brand3M PELTOR
€40.26
Each
units
X5A Headband 37dB CE - 351g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5222
Mfr. Part No.X4A-GB
Brand3M PELTOR
€35.61
Each
units
X4 Headband 33dB CE - 234g Fluorescent Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6477
Mfr. Part No.H510A-401
Brand3M PELTOR
€17.61
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Headband 27dB CE - 180g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6499
Mfr. Part No.H540A-411
Brand3M PELTOR
€24.65
Each
units
Optime III Headband 35dB CE - 285g Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6483
Mfr. Part No.H520A-407
Brand3M PELTOR
€21.14
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Headband 31dB CE - 210g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6528
Mfr. Part No.H540B-412
Brand3M PELTOR
€27.30
Each
units
Optime III Neckband 35dB CE - 270g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6506
Mfr. Part No.H510B-403
Brand3M PELTOR
€19.00
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Neckband 26dB CE - 165g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 123-8888
Mfr. Part No.MT13H221A
Brand3M PELTOR
€92.24
Each
units
ProTac III Headband 32dB ANSI S3 19-1974, AS/NZS 1270:2002, CE Marking, EN 352-1, EN 352-3, EN 352-4, EN 352-6 Yes 355g Black No 3.5 mm Jack Plug - No - Listen Only
RS Stock No. 123-8887
Mfr. Part No.MT13H220P3E
Brand3M PELTOR
€85.64
Each
units
ProTac III Helmet 25dB ANSI S3 19-1974, AS/NZS 1270:2002, CE Marking, EN 352-1, EN 352-3, EN 352-4, EN 352-6 No 322g Black No 3.5 mm Jack Plug - No - Listen Only
RS Stock No. 449-6512
Mfr. Part No.H520B-408
Brand3M PELTOR
€22.88
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Neckband 31dB CE - 195g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 506-8922
Mfr. Part No.H540P3E-413-SV
Brand3M PELTOR
€28.20
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime III Helmet 34dB CE - 310g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6540
Mfr. Part No.H520P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
€24.00
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Helmet 30dB CE - 235g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 123-8886
Mfr. Part No.MT13H220A
Brand3M PELTOR
€85.64
Each
units
ProTac III Headband 26dB ANSI S3 19-1974, AS/NZS 1270:2002, CE Marking, EN 352-1, EN 352-3, EN 352-4, EN 352-6 Yes 303g Black No 3.5 mm Jack Plug - No - Listen Only
RS Stock No. 104-0901
Mfr. Part No.1010970
€27.10
Each
units
Thunder T3 Headband 36dB CE - 297g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 884-2388
Mfr. Part No.MT73H7A4D10EU
Brand3M PELTOR
€1,089.41
Each
units
LiteCom PRO III Headband 30dB - Yes 462g Black Yes Wireless No Yes Yes Speak & Listen
RS Stock No. 104-0900
Mfr. Part No.1010925
€12.74
Each
units
Viking V1 Headband 30dB CE - 191g Blue - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 123-8889
Mfr. Part No.MT13H221P3E
Brand3M PELTOR
€92.24
Each
units
ProTac III Helmet 31dB ANSI S3 19-1974, AS/NZS 1270:2002, CE Marking, EN 352-1, EN 352-3, EN 352-4, EN 352-6 No 374g Black No 3.5 mm Jack Plug - No - Listen Only
RS Stock No. 884-2379
Mfr. Part No.MT16H210F-478-RD
Brand3M PELTOR
€158.59
Each
units
SportTac Headband 26dB - Yes 318g Red No 3.5 mm Jack Plug No No - Listen Only
RS Stock No. 778-5225
Mfr. Part No.X3A-RD
Brand3M PELTOR
€30.81
Each
units
X3A Headband 33dB CE - 245g Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 104-0902
Mfr. Part No.1011142
€18.42
Each
units
Clarity C1 Headband 25dB CE - 194g Black - - - - - -
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