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. 449-6499
Mfr. Part No.H540A-411
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR135.25
Each
units
Optime III Headband 35dB CE - 285g Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6512
Mfr. Part No.H520B-408
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR125.58
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Neckband 31dB CE - 195g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6506
Mfr. Part No.H510B-403
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR104.25
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Neckband 26dB CE - 165g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6540
Mfr. Part No.H520P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR131.72
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Helmet 30dB CE - 235g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6528
Mfr. Part No.H540B-412
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR111.03
Each
units
Optime III Neckband 35dB CE - 270g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5222
Mfr. Part No.X4A-GB
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR182.70
Each
units
X4 Headband 33dB CE - 234g Fluorescent Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6534
Mfr. Part No.H510P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR111.15
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Helmet 26dB CE - 205g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 123-8888
Mfr. Part No.MT13H221A
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR473.26
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. 778-5219
Mfr. Part No.X1P3E-GA
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR86.83
Each
units
X1 Helmet 26dB CE - 185g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5225
Mfr. Part No.X3A-RD
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR158.09
Each
units
X3A Headband 33dB CE - 245g Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5234
Mfr. Part No.X5A-SV
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR206.58
Each
units
X5A Headband 37dB CE - 351g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6477
Mfr. Part No.H510A-401
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR96.65
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Headband 27dB CE - 180g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 123-8889
Mfr. Part No.MT13H221P3E
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR473.26
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 - Yes - Listen Only
RS Stock No. 778-5231
Mfr. Part No.X4P3E EU
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR144.69
Each
units
X4P3 Helmet 32dB CE - 236g Fluorescent - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5238
Mfr. Part No.X5P3E-SV
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR206.65
Each
units
X5P3 Helmet 36dB CE - 353g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5212
Mfr. Part No.X2A-GA
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR139.94
Each
units
X2A Headband 31dB CE - 220g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6483
Mfr. Part No.H520A-407
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR115.98
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Headband 31dB CE - 210g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6556
Mfr. Part No.H540P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR149.74
Each
units
Optime III Helmet 34dB CE - 310g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 884-2379
Mfr. Part No.MT16H210F-478-RD
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR813.71
Each
units
SportTac Headband 26dB - Yes 318g Red No 3.5 mm Jack Plug No No - Listen Only
RS Stock No. 884-2391
Mfr. Part No.MT7H7P3E4410
Brand3M PELTOR
MYR4,102.77
Each
units
LiteCom Plus Helmet 33dB CE No 491g Black No - No Yes Yes Speak & Listen