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
RS Stock No. 449-6499
Mfr. Part No.H540A-411
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR165.66
Each
units
Optime III Headband 35dB CE - 285g Black
RS Stock No. 449-6512
Mfr. Part No.H520B-408
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR156.27
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Neckband 31dB CE - 195g Green
RS Stock No. 449-6528
Mfr. Part No.H540B-412
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR179.81
Each
units
Optime III Neckband 35dB CE - 270g Black
RS Stock No. 449-6540
Mfr. Part No.H520P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR137.37
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Helmet 30dB CE - 235g Green
RS Stock No. 449-6506
Mfr. Part No.H510B-403
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR101.78
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Neckband 26dB CE - 165g Yellow
RS Stock No. 778-5222
Mfr. Part No.X4A-GB
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR185.55
Each
units
X4 Helmet 26dB CE - 234g Black
RS Stock No. 104-0906
Mfr. Part No.1030111
MYR221.68
Each
units
X2 Helmet 30dB CE - 220g Black
RS Stock No. 123-8888
Mfr. Part No.MT13H221A
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR473.26
Each
units
X5 Headband 37dB CE Yes 351g Black
RS Stock No. 449-6534
Mfr. Part No.H510P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR117.12
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Helmet 26dB CE - 205g Yellow
RS Stock No. 778-5219
Mfr. Part No.X1P3E-GA
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR109.53
Each
units
X1 Headband 30dB CE - 360g Black
RS Stock No. 778-5234
Mfr. Part No.X5A-SV
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR240.60
Each
units
X5A Neckband 26dB CE - 351g Black
RS Stock No. 778-5225
Mfr. Part No.X3A-RD
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR158.09
Each
units
X3 Headband 36dB CE - 300g Green
RS Stock No. 123-8889
Mfr. Part No.MT13H221P3E
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR478.23
Each
units
X5 Helmet 36dB CE No 353g Black
RS Stock No. 104-0901
Mfr. Part No.1010970
MYR156.63
Each
units
Optime I Neckband 26dB CE - 165g Yellow
RS Stock No. 449-6477
Mfr. Part No.H510A-401
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR101.05
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Headband 27dB CE - 180g Yellow
RS Stock No. 778-5231
Mfr. Part No.X4P3E EU
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR182.50
Each
units
X4 Headband 27dB CE - 181g Black
RS Stock No. 778-5212
Mfr. Part No.X2A-GA
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR139.94
Each
units
X2 Headband 28dB EN 352-1 - 220g Red
RS Stock No. 449-6483
Mfr. Part No.H520A-407
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR130.68
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Headband 31dB CE - 210g Green
RS Stock No. 778-5238
Mfr. Part No.X5P3E-SV
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR208.82
Each
units
X5 Helmet 24dB CE - 227g Black
RS Stock No. 449-6556
Mfr. Part No.H540P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR146.20
Each
units
Optime III Helmet 34dB CE - 310g Black