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
R 593.56
Each
units
Optime III Headband 35dB CE - 285g Red - - - - - -
RS stock no. 884-2379
Mfr. Part No.MT16H210F-478-RD
Brand3M PELTOR
R 2,788.04
Each
units
SportTac Headband 26dB - Yes 318g Red No 3.5 mm Jack Plug No No - Listen Only
RS stock no. 778-5216
Mfr. Part No.X2P3E-GA
Brand3M PELTOR
R 588.60
Each
units
X2P3 Helmet 30dB CE - 220g Yellow - - - - - -
RS stock no. 778-5225
Mfr. Part No.X3A-RD
Brand3M PELTOR
R 662.28
Each
units
X3A Headband 33dB CE - 245g Red - - - - - -
RS stock no. 449-6483
Mfr. Part No.H520A-407
Brand3M PELTOR
R 503.07
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Headband 31dB CE - 210g Green - - - - - -
RS stock no. 918-5728
BrandRS PRO
R 111.51
Each
units
- Headband 27dB ANSI S3.19 NRR, CE, EN 352-1 - - Red - - - - - -
RS stock no. 778-5212
Mfr. Part No.X2A-GA
Brand3M PELTOR
R 588.42
Each
units
X2A Headband 31dB CE - 220g Black - - - - - -
RS stock no. 778-5234
Mfr. Part No.X5A-SV
Brand3M PELTOR
R 864.79
Each
units
X5A Headband 37dB CE - 351g Black - - - - - -
RS stock no. 918-5719
BrandRS PRO
R 241.30
Each
units
- Helmet 23dB ANSI S3.19 NRR, CE, EN 352-3 - - Red - - - - - -
RS stock no. 449-6528
Mfr. Part No.H540B-412
Brand3M PELTOR
R 615.27
Each
units
Optime III Neckband 35dB CE - 270g Black - - - - - -
RS stock no. 750-6785
Mfr. Part No.AEJ030-001-100
BrandJSP
R 465.02
Each
units
001-100 Helmet 26dB - - - Black - - - - - -
RS stock no. 449-6512
Mfr. Part No.H520B-408
Brand3M PELTOR
R 540.68
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime II Neckband 31dB CE - 195g Green - - - - - -
RS stock no. 449-6613
Mfr. Part No.H510F-404
Brand3M PELTOR
R 536.72
Each
units
Optime I Headband 28dB CE Yes 200g Yellow - - - - - -
RS stock no. 778-5222
Mfr. Part No.X4A-GB
Brand3M PELTOR
R 752.69
Each
units
X4 Headband 33dB CE - 234g Fluorescent Yellow - - - - - -
RS stock no. 123-8889
Mfr. Part No.MT13H221P3E
Brand3M PELTOR
R 1,657.30
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. 449-6562
Mfr. Part No.H520F-409
Brand3M PELTOR
R 607.65
Each
units
Optime II Headband 31dB CE Yes 230g Green - - - - - -
RS stock no. 104-0902
Mfr. Part No.1011142
R 415.15
Each
units
Clarity C1 Headband 25dB CE - 194g Black - - - - - -
RS stock no. 449-6477
Mfr. Part No.H510A-401
Brand3M PELTOR
R 422.08
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Headband 27dB CE - 180g Yellow - - - - - -
RS stock no. 449-6506
Mfr. Part No.H510B-403
Brand3M PELTOR
R 451.16
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Neckband 26dB CE - 165g Yellow - - - - - -
RS stock no. 104-0903
Mfr. Part No.1011262
R 388.50
Each
units
Clarity C1H Helmet 26dB CE - 177g Blue - - - - - -