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. 184-5934
BrandRS PRO
kr 73,75
Each
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RED - RS Headband 28dB EN 352-1 No - Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 161-1585
BrandRS PRO
kr 108,27
Each
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Optime III Helmet 26dB CE Yes 310g Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 184-5931
BrandRS PRO
kr 40,26
Each
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RED - RS Headband 28dB EN 352-1 No - Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 171-6812
BrandRS PRO
kr 73,81
Each
Units
- Headband 22dB CE, EN 352-1 Yes - Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 184-5932
BrandRS PRO
kr 60,91
Each
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YEL - RS Headband 28dB EN 352-1 No - Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 184-5930
BrandRS PRO
kr 40,26
Each
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YEL - RS Headband 28dB CE, EN 352-1 No - Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 161-1188
BrandRS PRO
kr 117,71
Each
Units
Optime I Headband 32dB CE - 205g Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6499
Mfr. Part No.H540A-411
Brand3M PELTOR
kr 247,65
Each
Units
Optime III Headband 35dB CE - 285g Red - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 884-2398
Mfr. Part No.MT53H7B4400
Brand3M PELTOR
kr 5 284,10
Each
Units
LiteCom Headband 32dB CE No 384g Black No - - Yes Yes Speak & Listen
RS Stock No. 789-7615
Mfr. Part No.MT7H7A4410-EU
Brand3M PELTOR
kr 7 776,60
Each
Units
LiteCom Plus Headband 32dB - Yes 464g Black No - No Yes Yes Speak & Listen
RS Stock No. 123-8886
Mfr. Part No.MT13H220A
Brand3M PELTOR
kr 847,35
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. 778-5222
Mfr. Part No.X4A-GB
Brand3M PELTOR
kr 327,71
Each
Units
X4 Headband 33dB CE - 234g Fluorescent Yellow - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 123-8887
Mfr. Part No.MT13H220P3E
Brand3M PELTOR
kr 788,23
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. 449-6512
Mfr. Part No.H520B-408
Brand3M PELTOR
kr 237,85
1 Pair(s)
Pair(s)
Optime II Neckband 31dB CE - 195g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6562
Mfr. Part No.H520F-409
Brand3M PELTOR
kr 254,88
Each
Units
Optime II Headband 31dB CE Yes 230g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 104-1152
Mfr. Part No.1030330
kr 935,19
Each
Units
Sync Headband 29dB CE - 185g Black No - - No - Listen Only
RS Stock No. 750-6785
Mfr. Part No.AEJ030-001-100
BrandJSP
kr 227,62
Each
Units
001-100 Helmet 26dB - - - Black - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 449-6483
Mfr. Part No.H520A-407
Brand3M PELTOR
kr 208,34
1 Pair(s)
Pair(s)
Optime II Headband 31dB CE - 210g Green - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 123-8888
Mfr. Part No.MT13H221A
Brand3M PELTOR
kr 848,95
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. 884-2391
Mfr. Part No.MT7H7P3E4410
Brand3M PELTOR
kr 7 789,56
Each
Units
LiteCom Plus Helmet 33dB CE No 491g Black No - No Yes Yes Speak & Listen
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