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. 123-8886
Mfr. Part No.MT13H220A
Brand3M PELTOR
R 1,550.76
Each
units
ProTac III Headband 26dB ANSI S3 19-1974, AS/NZS 1270:2002, CE Marking, EN 352-1, EN 352-3, EN 352-4, EN 352-6 Yes 303g Black No 3.5 mm Jack Plug - No - Listen Only
RS stock no. 104-0900
Mfr. Part No.1010925
R 343.41
Each
units
Viking V1 Headband 30dB CE - 191g Blue - - - - - -
RS stock no. 449-6534
Mfr. Part No.H510P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
R 490.72
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime I Helmet 26dB CE - 205g Yellow - - - - - -
RS stock no. 104-0906
Mfr. Part No.1030111
R 595.46
Each
units
Sync Headband 31dB CE - 220g Black No - - No - Listen Only
RS stock no. 104-0905
Mfr. Part No.1011146
R 614.30
Each
units
Clarity C3 Headband 33dB CE - 302g Blue - - - - - -
RS stock no. 123-8888
Mfr. Part No.MT13H221A
Brand3M PELTOR
R 1,673.61
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. 449-6556
Mfr. Part No.H540P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
R 658.42
Each
units
Optime III Helmet 34dB CE - 310g Black - - - - - -
RS stock no. 778-5228
Mfr. Part No.X3P3E-RD
Brand3M PELTOR
R 666.85
Each
units
X3P3 Helmet 25dB CE - 247g Red - - - - - -
RS stock no. 171-6812
BrandRS PRO
R 197.50
Each
units
- Headband 22dB CE, EN 352-1 Yes - Red - - - - - -
RS stock no. 181-1855
Mfr. Part No.H510AKGB
Brand3M
R 442.27
Each
units
Kids Headband 27dB CE Yes - Green - - - - - -
RS stock no. 184-8313
Mfr. Part No.HRXS220A
Brand3M
R 1,885.08
Each
units
WorkTunes Headband 32dB - - 351g Black No 3.5 mm Jack Plug Yes No No Listen Only
New
RS stock no. 210-2152
Mfr. Part No.7000038214
Brand3M
R 1,135.69
1 Box of 6
Box(es)
M-Series Helmet 26 dB, 28 dB, 30 dB, 34 dB - Yes - - - - - - - -
RS stock no. 176-8905
Mfr. Part No.AEB030-0AY-051
BrandJSP
R 568.64
Each
units
Sonis Headband 31dB - - 177g Grey - - - - - -
RS stock no. 884-2388
Mfr. Part No.MT73H7A4D10EU
Brand3M PELTOR
R 18,951.01
Each
units
LiteCom PRO III Headband 30dB - Yes 462g Black Yes Wireless No Yes Yes Speak & Listen
RS stock no. 181-2929
Mfr. Part No.AEA000-010-200
BrandJSP
R 131.05
Each
units
J Muff Headband 25dB EN 352-1 - 218g Yellow - - - - - -
RS stock no. 181-1854
Mfr. Part No.H510AKRE
Brand3M
R 442.81
Each
units
Kids Headband 27dB CE Yes - Pink - - - - - -
RS stock no. 146-3079
Mfr. Part No.MT53H7P3E4400-EU
Brand3M
R 10,024.73
Each
units
LiteCom Helmet 32dB CE, EN 352-1 No 384g Blue Yes Wireless Yes Yes Yes Speak & Listen
RS stock no. 778-5200
Mfr. Part No.X1A-GA
Brand3M PELTOR
R 470.98
Each
units
X1A Headband 27dB CE - 184g Black, Green - - - - - -
New
RS stock no. 212-5852
Mfr. Part No.1035185-VS
R 317.34
Each
units
VeriShield VS110M Headband 32dB - No - - - - - - - -
RS stock no. 789-7618
Mfr. Part No.M2RX7A2-01
Brand3M PELTOR
R 3,070.90
Each
units
Alert Headband 30dB - Yes 361g Red No - Yes No No Speak & Listen