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. 184-8313
Mfr. Part No.HRXS220A
Brand3M
£79.45
Each
Units
WorkTunes Headband 32dB - - 351g Black No 3.5 mm Jack Plug Yes No No Listen Only
RS Stock No. 184-8321
Mfr. Part No.HRXS22P3
Brand3M
£79.45
Each
Units
WorkTunes Helmet 31dB - - 369g Black No 3.5 mm Jack Plug Yes No No Listen Only
RS Stock No. 187-9049
Mfr. Part No.MRX21P3E2WS6
Brand3M
£362.45
Each
Units
WS Alert XP Helmet 30dB - - 431g Black Yes Wireless Yes Yes No Speak & Listen
RS Stock No. 181-2386
Mfr. Part No.Alpha Sota M2
£15.38
Each
Units
Sota M2 Headband 30dB CE - - Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 176-8903
Mfr. Part No.AEB010-0AY-851
BrandJSP
£17.33
Each
Units
Sonis Headband 27dB - - 297g Grey - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 176-8906
Mfr. Part No.AEB040-0A1-A51
BrandJSP
£26.62
Each
Units
Sonis Headband 37dB - - 280g Grey - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 176-8910
Mfr. Part No.AEB040-0C1-A51
BrandJSP
£26.62
Each
Units
Sonis Helmet 36dB CE, EN 352-3:2002 - - Grey - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 175-4416
Mfr. Part No.2600001
BrandUvex
£15.06
Each
Units
K Headband 28dB EN 352-1 - 171g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 181-2929
Mfr. Part No.AEA000-010-200
BrandJSP
£4.58
Each
Units
J Muff Headband 25dB EN 352-1 - 218g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 137-0050
Mfr. Part No.H520P3H-410-GQ
Brand3M PELTOR
£19.11
Each
Units
Optime II Helmet 30dB CE, EN 352-3:2002 - 310g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 181-3177
Mfr. Part No.H510PHGU
Brand3M PELTOR
£16.10
Each
Units
Optime Helmet 26dB CE Yes - Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 184-8319
Mfr. Part No.MRX21P3E3WS6-ACK
Brand3M
£437.50
Each
Units
WS Alert XPI Helmet 30dB - - 431g Black Yes Wireless Yes Yes Yes Speak & Listen
RS Stock No. 181-1855
Mfr. Part No.H510AKGB
Brand3M
£15.49
Each
Units
Kids Headband 27dB CE Yes - Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 138-0719
Mfr. Part No.MAGNYHEGR
BrandDelta Plus
£19.36
Each
Units
Magney Helmet 32dB CE, EN 352-3 - 200g Grey - - - - - -
New
RS Stock No. 195-1573
Mfr. Part No.2500021
BrandUvex
£31.34
Each
Units
1 Clip-On 27dB CE - 235g Blue - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 181-2385
Mfr. Part No.Alpha Sota L1
£15.27
Each
Units
Sota L1 Headband 19dB - - - Blue - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 181-2388
Mfr. Part No.Alpha Sota N4
£9.09
Each
Units
Sota N4 Headband 32dB CE, EN 352-1 - - Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 185-6819
Mfr. Part No.EEP-100EU
Brand3M
£147.98
Each
Units
Peltor Ear Plug 32dB CE - 491g Green No Wireless No No No Listen Only
RS Stock No. 187-9050
Mfr. Part No.HRXS221A
Brand3M
£60.81
Each
Units
HRXS221A Headband 32dB - - 353g Black No 3.5 mm Jack Plug Yes No No Listen Only
RS Stock No. 176-8905
Mfr. Part No.AEB030-0AY-051
BrandJSP
£23.56
Each
Units
Sonis Headband 31dB - - 177g Grey - - - - - -
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