Ear Defenders

Ear defenders, also known as earmuffs, are designed for hearing protection from various levels 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 right ear defender protects your hearing and can safeguard against the development of Tinnitus and hearing loss. For more information about the different types of ear defenders and how they work, please see our ear defenders guide. Working in loud environments such as factories, construction sites, it is important to protect your hearing, RS Components has a range of ear defenders from some leading brands such as 3M, Peltor, Delta Plus, JSP, Alpha Solway and our own brand RS PRO.



Ear Defender Types



Ear defenders protect you from damaging your hearing when working in noisy environments. Two types of ear defenders include passive and electronic that both encase the ear for protection.



Passive ear defenders use acoustic foam to absorb sounds and acts as a barrier to stop sound reaching your ears. They use acoustic foam to attenuate incoming sounds, whilst offering comfort for prolonged use.



Electronic ear defenders have a similar makeup to passive ear defenders, however, a small microphone detects noise and adjusts the level of attenuation to provide a level of protection and noise protection.



Communication Ear Defenders uses the base of electronic ear defenders with the addition of a microphone, radio and Bluetooth functionalities. They offer similar passive and electronic attenuation, 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 you to push a button in-order-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. 449-6562
Mfr. Part No.H520F-409
Brand3M PELTOR
£21.30
Each
Units
Optime II Headband 31dB CE Yes 230g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 789-7615
Mfr. Part No.MT7H7A4410-EU
Brand3M PELTOR
£615.08
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
£70.95
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 - Yes - Listen Only
RS Stock No. 506-8916
Mfr. Part No.H520P3E-410-GQ
Brand3M PELTOR
£18.89
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Helmet 30dB CE - 235g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6540
Mfr. Part No.H520P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
£19.75
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Helmet 30dB CE - 235g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6556
Mfr. Part No.H540P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
£22.45
Each
Units
Optime III Helmet 34dB CE - 310g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5225
Mfr. Part No.X3A-RD
Brand3M PELTOR
£23.70
Each
Units
X3A Headband 33dB CE - 245g Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6506
Mfr. Part No.H510B-403
Brand3M PELTOR
£15.63
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Neckband 26dB CE - 165g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 123-8886
Mfr. Part No.MT13H220A
Brand3M PELTOR
£65.88
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 - Yes - Listen Only
RS Stock No. 104-0906
Mfr. Part No.1030111
£29.96
Each
Units
Sync Headband 31dB CE - 220g Black No - - No - Listen Only
RS Stock No. 449-6534
Mfr. Part No.H510P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
£16.66
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Helmet 26dB CE - 205g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 789-7618
Mfr. Part No.M2RX7A2-01
Brand3M PELTOR
£131.96
Each
Units
Alert Headband 30dB - Yes 361g Red No - Yes No No Speak & Listen
RS Stock No. 104-0902
Mfr. Part No.1011142
£15.62
Each
Units
Clarity C1 Headband 25dB CE - 194g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5212
Mfr. Part No.X2A-GA
Brand3M PELTOR
£20.98
Each
Units
X2A Headband 31dB CE - 220g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 884-2388
Mfr. Part No.MT73H7A4D10EU
Brand3M PELTOR
£838.01
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
£10.80
Each
Units
Viking V1 Headband 30dB CE - 191g Blue - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 506-8900
Mfr. Part No.H510P3E-405-GU
Brand3M PELTOR
£16.10
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Helmet 26dB CE - 205g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 104-0901
Mfr. Part No.1010970
£22.96
Each
Units
Thunder T3 Headband 36dB CE - 297g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6613
Mfr. Part No.H510F-404
Brand3M PELTOR
£18.83
Each
Units
Optime I Headband 28dB CE Yes 200g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 104-0899
Mfr. Part No.1010924
£23.36
Each
Units
Leightning L3 Headband 34dB CE - 304g Black - - - - - -
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