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 hearing protection 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
RS Stock No. 184-5930
BrandRS PRO
$11.22
Each
units
YEL - RS Headband 28dB CE, EN 352-1 No - Yellow
RS Stock No. 184-5931
BrandRS PRO
$11.19
Each
units
RED - RS Headband 28dB EN 352-1 No - Red
RS Stock No. 774-4022
Mfr. Part No.H10A
Brand3M PELTOR
$64.13
Each
units
H10 Headband 33dB CE, EN 352-1 - - Black
RS Stock No. 774-4025
Mfr. Part No.H10P3G
Brand3M PELTOR
$73.59
Each
units
H10 Helmet 33dB EN 352-1 - - Black
RS Stock No. 774-4000
Mfr. Part No.H7B
Brand3M PELTOR
$55.61
Each
units
H7B Neckband 26dB - - - Black
RS Stock No. 774-4007
Mfr. Part No.H7F
Brand3M PELTOR
$55.70
Each
units
H7F Headband 31dB CE Yes - Black
RS Stock No. 750-6785
Mfr. Part No.AEJ030-001-100
BrandJSP
$39.74
Each
units
001-100 Helmet 26dB - - - Black
RS Stock No. 137-0050
Mfr. Part No.H520P3H-410-GQ
Brand3M PELTOR
$48.57
Each
units
Optime II Helmet 30dB CE, EN 352-3:2002 - 310g Black
RS Stock No. 774-4016
Mfr. Part No.H6A
Brand3M PELTOR
$74.66
Each
units
H6A Headband 22dB CE - - Black
RS Stock No. 506-8922
Mfr. Part No.H540P3E-413-SV
Brand3M PELTOR
$51.75
1 Pair
Pair(s)
Optime III Helmet 34dB CE - 310g Black
RS Stock No. 217-5609
Mfr. Part No.10190356
BrandMSA Safety
$45.26
Each
units
V-Gard Helmet 28dB - No - Black
RS Stock No. 217-5610
Mfr. Part No.10190357
BrandMSA Safety
$55.92
Each
units
V-Gard Helmet 32dB - No - Black
RS Stock No. 217-5611
Mfr. Part No.10190358
BrandMSA Safety
$61.23
Each
units
V-Gard Helmet 36dB - No - Black