Our Best Ear Defenders for Work 2020
Thursday, 5 December 2019
Ear defenders are a must-have in many industries. In fact, the law expects it, as a few hours a day working in loud environments can go on to damage your ears for the rest of your life. So, if you work in a loud workplace, ringing ears and painful ear drums could become a constant in your life unless you find the right ear protection.
Find the Right Ear Protection
Finding the right ear protection can be trick, especially as all ear protection has an SNR rating that determines what level of noise protection those ear defenders are suitable for. For more information on SNR you can view our Signal to Noise Ratio: What is SNR blog, and if not you can continue reading.
To explain it as briefly as possible, if your ear defenders have an SNR of 25dB, they will filter out 25dB of background noise. If you work in a loud factory where the machines vibrations register a dB of 90, using a pair of 25 SNR ear defenders will reduce the background noise to the safe level of 70dB.
Best High Noise Risk Ear Defenders
The ultimate, high-risk ear defenders are the Moldex 6130 M6 35 SNR High Attenuation Ear Muffs, that come with an impressive SNR of 35dB. With superb comfort and extremely stylish, these super noise resistant ear muffs use viscoelastic to ensure comfort while blocking out noise. Extra wide for all users, these lightweight defenders are ultimate ear protection that everyone should have.
Suitable For: Extremely loud factories; road works; airport work.
Best Mid Noise Risk Ear Defenders
Moving into the mid-range area we have the Uvex K1 Lightweight 28 SNR Ear Muffs 2600001, which manage to combine comfort with mid-risk protection that should keep your ears safe in tasks such as factory work, engineering and industrial work. A soft and padded headband offers superb comfort during use, while the soft surface moulds around the ear ensuring a secure but non-restrictive fit. Perfect for a wide range tasks, these ear defenders are a must have for most medium risk applications.
Suitable For: Factory work; engineering work; industrial work; plastering; manufacturing.
Best Economical Ear Defenders for Mid Noise Risk
So far everything in our list has been premium ear protection, and we feel that the Portwest PW Classic Plus Ear Muffs PW48 are so good for their price that they deserve a place on our list. Classic, simple and affordable ear muffs that are fully certified to keep you safe, the PW48 Ear Muffs are exceptional in mid-risk industries. An ABS shell offers additional protection from impact, while the simple design is fast and easy to fit while at work.
Suitable For: Factory work; logistics; mechanics; manufacturing.
Best Clip-On Ear Defenders
The Portwest Endurance Clip-On Ear Defenders PW47 are best suited to environments that demand the quick placing and taking off of your ear defenders. Superb ABS protection protects your head and ears from impact, while the quick removal design is particularly well suited to machine operation and mechanics. Featuring an SNR of 29dB for medium to high-risk noises, the clip-on design ensures that it is difficult to lose the defenders.
Suitable For: Mechanics; factory work; engineering; construction.
Best Ear Defenders for Safety Helmets
Working on building sites, in construction and even in some factories will require you to wear a hard hat, and in these situations it's important that your ear defenders can go with your helmet. The Delta Plus Suzuka 2 Ear Defenders are suitable with all Delta Plus Helmets, clipping on to one another and ensuring that both your head and your ears will be protected. For low to mid risk environments thanks to their 24dB SNR, these ear defenders excel on building sites, in utilities and in engineering.
Suitable For: Building, construction, tyre recycling; machine operation; heavy industry; craft.
Protect Your Ears at Work
Protecting your hearing at work is important, as an ear injury can last years and often never go away at all. To browse our full range, take a look at our Ear Protection category.
If you have any questions on our ear defenders or anything to add, then we would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below!