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. 146-3079
Mfr. Part No.MT53H7P3E4400-EU
Brand3M
€574.39
Each
units
LiteCom Helmet 32dB CE, EN 352-1 No 384g Blue Yes Wireless Yes Yes Yes Speak & Listen
RS Stock No. 506-8900
Mfr. Part No.H510P3E-405-GU
Brand3M PELTOR
€20.93
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Helmet 26dB CE - 205g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 181-2388
Mfr. Part No.Alpha Sota N4
€18.55
Each
units
Sota N4 Headband 32dB CE, EN 352-1 - - Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 185-6819
Mfr. Part No.EEP-100EU
Brand3M
€192.37
Each
units
Peltor Ear Plug 32dB CE - 491g Green No Wireless No No No Listen Only
RS Stock No. 175-4418
Mfr. Part No.2600003
BrandUvex
€30.24
Each
units
K Headband 33dB EN 352-1 - 277g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 181-1855
Mfr. Part No.H510AKGB
Brand3M
€20.14
Each
units
Kids Headband 27dB CE Yes - Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 181-3175
Mfr. Part No.H540AGB
Brand3M PELTOR
€28.91
Each
units
Optime Headband 35dB CE Yes - Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 184-8318
Mfr. Part No.MRX21A3WS6-ACK
Brand3M
€609.88
Each
units
WS Alert XPI - 30dB - - 411g - Yes Wireless Yes Yes Yes Listen Only
RS Stock No. 778-5228
Mfr. Part No.X3P3E-RD
Brand3M PELTOR
€30.81
Each
units
X3P3 Helmet 25dB CE - 247g Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5216
Mfr. Part No.X2P3E-GA
Brand3M PELTOR
€27.27
Each
units
X2P3 Helmet 30dB CE - 220g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 176-8905
Mfr. Part No.AEB030-0AY-051
BrandJSP
€30.63
Each
units
Sonis Headband 31dB - - 177g Grey - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 175-4416
Mfr. Part No.2600001
BrandUvex
€19.58
Each
units
K Headband 28dB EN 352-1 - 171g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 104-1155
Mfr. Part No.1030333
€170.66
Each
units
Sync Headband 29dB CE No 245g Black No Wireless Yes Yes - Listen Only
RS Stock No. 181-2386
Mfr. Part No.Alpha Sota M2
€18.99
Each
units
Sota M2 Headband 30dB CE - - Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 176-8903
Mfr. Part No.AEB010-0AY-851
BrandJSP
€22.53
Each
units
Sonis Headband 27dB - - 297g Grey - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 176-8908
Mfr. Part No.AEB030-0CY-051
BrandJSP
€30.63
Each
units
Sonis Helmet 31dB - - 302g Grey - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6613
Mfr. Part No.H510F-404
Brand3M PELTOR
€22.88
Each
units
Optime I Headband 28dB CE Yes 200g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 181-3176
Mfr. Part No.H540PHSV
Brand3M PELTOR
€28.26
Each
units
Optime Helmet 34dB CE Yes - Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 184-8311
Mfr. Part No.MRX21A3WS6
Brand3M
€558.62
Each
units
WS Alert XPI Headband 30dB - - 411g - Yes Wireless Yes Yes Yes Speak & Listen
RS Stock No. 778-5200
Mfr. Part No.X1A-GA
Brand3M PELTOR
€21.35
Each
units
X1A Headband 27dB CE - 184g Black, Green - - - - - -
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