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. 778-5212
Mfr. Part No.X2A-GA
Brand3M PELTOR
PHP1,656.13
Each
units
X2A Headband 31dB CE - 220g Black, Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 884-2388
Mfr. Part No.MT73H7A4D10EU
Brand3M PELTOR
PHP113,565.08
Each
units
LiteCom PRO III Headband 30dB - Yes 462g Black Yes Wireless No Yes Yes Speak & Listen
RS Stock No. 778-5228
Mfr. Part No.X3P3E-RD
Brand3M PELTOR
PHP2,017.14
Each
units
X3P3 Helmet 25dB CE - 247g Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 123-8887
Mfr. Part No.MT13H220P3E
Brand3M PELTOR
PHP5,200.47
Each
units
ProTac III Helmet 25dB ANSI S3 19-1974, AS/NZS 1270:2002, CE Marking, EN 352-1, EN 352-3, EN 352-4, EN 352-6 No 322g Black No 3.5 mm Jack Plug - No - Listen Only
RS Stock No. 778-5238
Mfr. Part No.X5P3E-SV
Brand3M PELTOR
PHP2,636.75
Each
units
X5P3 Helmet 36dB CE - 353g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 778-5219
Mfr. Part No.X1P3E-GA
Brand3M PELTOR
PHP1,296.17
Each
units
X1 Helmet 26dB CE - 185g Black, Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 184-5934
BrandRS PRO
PHP499.37
Each
units
RED - RS Headband 28dB EN 352-1 No - Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 138-0719
Mfr. Part No.MAGNYHEGR
BrandDelta Plus
PHP1,528.25
Each
units
Magney Helmet 32dB CE, EN 352-3 - 200g Grey - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 506-8916
Mfr. Part No.H520P3E-410-GQ
Brand3M PELTOR
PHP1,560.93
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Helmet 30dB CE - 235g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 196-5236
Mfr. Part No.2600004
BrandUvex
PHP2,749.43
Each
units
Uvex K Headband 35dB EN 352-1 Yes - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 137-0050
Mfr. Part No.H520P3H-410-GQ
Brand3M PELTOR
PHP1,508.51
Each
units
Optime II Helmet 30dB CE, EN 352-3:2002 - 310g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 161-1188
BrandRS PRO
PHP743.86
Each
units
Optime I Headband 32dB CE - 205g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 176-8905
Mfr. Part No.AEB030-0AY-051
BrandJSP
PHP1,854.97
Each
units
Sonis Headband 31dB - - 177g Grey - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 184-5932
BrandRS PRO
PHP525.48
Each
units
YEL - RS Headband 28dB EN 352-1 No - Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 181-1855
Mfr. Part No.H510AKGB
Brand3M
PHP1,222.76
Each
units
Kids Headband 27dB CE Yes - Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 181-3176
Mfr. Part No.H540PHSV
Brand3M PELTOR
PHP1,716.12
Each
units
Optime Helmet 34dB CE Yes - Black - - - - - -
New
RS Stock No. 217-5609
Mfr. Part No.10190356
BrandMSA Safety
PHP1,610.35
Each
units
V-Gard Helmet 28dB - No - - - - - - - -
New
RS Stock No. 212-5853
Mfr. Part No.1035194-VS
PHP1,836.11
Each
units
VeriShield VS130D Headband 36dB - No - - - - - - - -
New
RS Stock No. 217-6237
Mfr. Part No.MT73H7P3E4410EU
Brand3M
PHP64,570.60
Each
units
Lite-Com Helmet 31dB CE No - - - - - Yes - -
RS Stock No. 184-8313
Mfr. Part No.HRXS220A
Brand3M
PHP6,271.66
Each
units
WorkTunes Headband 32dB - - 351g Black No 3.5 mm Jack Plug Yes No No Listen Only