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. 789-7615
Mfr. Part No.MT7H7A4410-EU
Brand3M PELTOR
£639.68
Each
Units
LiteCom Plus Headband 32dB - Yes 464g Black No - No Yes Yes Speak & Listen
RS Stock No. 123-8888
Mfr. Part No.MT13H221A
Brand3M PELTOR
£73.79
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. 506-8916
Mfr. Part No.H520P3E-410-GQ
Brand3M PELTOR
£19.65
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Helmet 30dB CE - 235g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6540
Mfr. Part No.H520P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
£20.54
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Helmet 30dB CE - 235g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6556
Mfr. Part No.H540P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
£23.35
Each
Units
Optime III Helmet 34dB CE - 310g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5225
Mfr. Part No.X3A-RD
Brand3M PELTOR
£24.65
Each
Units
X3A Headband 33dB CE - 245g Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6506
Mfr. Part No.H510B-403
Brand3M PELTOR
£16.26
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Neckband 26dB CE - 165g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 123-8886
Mfr. Part No.MT13H220A
Brand3M PELTOR
£68.52
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. 104-0906
Mfr. Part No.1030111
£33.27
Each
Units
Sync Headband 31dB CE - 220g Black No - - No - Listen Only
RS Stock No. 449-6534
Mfr. Part No.H510P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
£17.33
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Helmet 26dB CE - 205g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 789-7618
Mfr. Part No.M2RX7A2-01
Brand3M PELTOR
£137.24
Each
Units
Alert Headband 30dB - Yes 361g Red No - Yes No No Speak & Listen
RS Stock No. 884-2388
Mfr. Part No.MT73H7A4D10EU
Brand3M PELTOR
£871.53
Each
Units
LiteCom PRO III Headband 30dB - Yes 462g Black Yes Wireless No Yes Yes Speak & Listen
RS Stock No. 778-5212
Mfr. Part No.X2A-GA
Brand3M PELTOR
£21.82
Each
Units
X2A Headband 31dB CE - 220g Black, Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 132-536
Mfr. Part No.MT1H7F2
BrandAearo
£234.06
Each
Units
- - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 506-8900
Mfr. Part No.H510P3E-405-GU
Brand3M PELTOR
£16.74
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Helmet 26dB CE - 205g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6613
Mfr. Part No.H510F-404
Brand3M PELTOR
£19.58
Each
Units
Optime I Headband 28dB CE Yes 200g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5238
Mfr. Part No.X5P3E-SV
Brand3M PELTOR
£32.22
Each
Units
X5P3 Helmet 36dB CE - 353g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 750-6785
Mfr. Part No.AEJ030-001-100
BrandJSP
£17.91
Each
Units
001-100 Helmet 26dB - - - Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5231
Mfr. Part No.X4P3E EU
Brand3M PELTOR
£28.45
Each
Units
X4P3 Helmet 32dB CE - 236g Fluorescent - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 884-2398
Mfr. Part No.MT53H7B4400
Brand3M PELTOR
£459.51
Each
Units
LiteCom Headband 32dB CE No 384g Black No - - Yes Yes Speak & Listen