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. 449-6499
Mfr. Part No.H540A-411
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR184.73
Each
units
Optime III Headband 35dB CE - 285g Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6512
Mfr. Part No.H520B-408
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR174.82
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Neckband 31dB CE - 195g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6528
Mfr. Part No.H540B-412
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR152.25
Each
units
Optime III Neckband 35dB CE - 270g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6506
Mfr. Part No.H510B-403
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR109.61
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Neckband 26dB CE - 165g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6540
Mfr. Part No.H520P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR154.38
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Helmet 30dB CE - 235g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5222
Mfr. Part No.X4A-GB
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR209.53
Each
units
X4 Headband 33dB CE - 234g Fluorescent Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 104-0906
Mfr. Part No.1030111
MYR210.11
Each
units
Sync Headband 31dB CE - 220g Black No - - No - Listen Only
RS Stock No. 778-5225
Mfr. Part No.X3A-RD
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR172.26
Each
units
X3A Headband 33dB CE - 245g Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5234
Mfr. Part No.X5A-SV
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR256.64
Each
units
X5A Headband 37dB CE - 351g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5219
Mfr. Part No.X1P3E-GA
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR115.16
Each
units
X1 Helmet 26dB CE - 185g Black, Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 123-8888
Mfr. Part No.MT13H221A
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR497.58
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. 449-6534
Mfr. Part No.H510P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR164.03
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Helmet 26dB CE - 205g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6477
Mfr. Part No.H510A-401
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR103.48
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Headband 27dB CE - 180g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5231
Mfr. Part No.X4P3E EU
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR196.40
Each
units
X4P3 Helmet 32dB CE - 236g Fluorescent - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 123-8889
Mfr. Part No.MT13H221P3E
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR497.58
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. 449-6483
Mfr. Part No.H520A-407
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR145.49
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Headband 31dB CE - 210g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5238
Mfr. Part No.X5P3E-SV
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR226.68
Each
units
X5P3 Helmet 36dB CE - 353g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5212
Mfr. Part No.X2A-GA
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR151.41
Each
units
X2A Headband 31dB CE - 220g Black, Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6556
Mfr. Part No.H540P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR209.12
Each
units
Optime III Helmet 34dB CE - 310g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 884-2379
Mfr. Part No.MT16H210F-478-RD
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR855.53
Each
units
SportTac Headband 26dB - Yes 318g Red No 3.5 mm Jack Plug No No - Listen Only