Anti-noise headphones

Anti-noise or protective headphones are a must for every master, working in noisy environments. Such, according to sanitary standards, premises are considered, where the noise level exceeds 80 dB. Experts note, that prolonged exposure can cause hearing loss. For example, about 80 db publishes a working drill. Earmuffs provide the most effective and comfortable protection.. Still have earplugs, but they are not always easy to use..

What are ear protectors?

The design of this device is quite simple., they look like a normal gadget, however, the ear pads are filled with a special sound-absorbing material (most often acoustic foam), which reduces sound pressure on the hearing organs. Cups fit snugly over the ears and cover the entire auricle. They are usually kept on the head due to the headband..

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Types of earmuffs

Special ear protectors can be of several types.:

  • Insulated. Protect your hearing from more than just noise, but also from the cold.
  • Industrial. Such models are designed for harsh working conditions., they have a shock-resistant design, designed for long term use.
  • ballistic. Specially designed for, to protect hearing organs from barotrauma while firing a firearm.

The design of anti-noise headphones can be as standard, that is, consist of cups and a headband, and combined. In the latter case, hearing protection is combined with a helmet and/or face shield.. Such models provide reliable protection for the entire head..

For sleep and relaxation

Separately, it is worth highlighting anti-noise headphones for sleeping and relaxing, they are also called pajamas for the ears. By design, they resemble sports headbands.. Thanks to this, they are comfortable to sleep even on the side., the speaker will not fall out of your ear. This bandage can be narrow or wide. (In this case, she also covers her eyes, protecting them from daylight). Under the fabric of such a "pajama" is a pair of speakers. Their quality and size depends on the type of device.. Inexpensive options, speakers can be thick and make it difficult to sleep on your side.. More expensive models are equipped with flat divers.

Passive and active

According to the type of noise isolation, protective headphones are divided into passive and active.. Immediately worth noting, that the former are the most common.

Passive earmuffs are equipped with conventional earcups, filled with sound-absorbing material. The most common models reduce the sound pressure level by 20-30dB. At the same time, they drown out like extraneous noise., and the "necessary" sounds, For example, speech or danger signals.

Active ones are equipped with a system of microphones and speakers. They limit exposure to harmful noise, but the user can still hear speech and warning tones. Some models can be connected to third-party devices, For example, smartphones and radios, it is possible to adjust the level of reproduced sounds.

Sound insulation classes

Experts identify three classes of hearing protection devices. They are assigned depending on the acoustic efficiency., that is, from the amount of absorbed noise:

  • The first class includes models with acoustic efficiency or (SNR) in 27 dB, they are designed to work in rooms with a noise level 87-98 Db.
  • The second class has SNR 30 and more dB, they are used under conditions, when the sound pressure reaches 94-105 dB.
  • Third class - devices with SNR in 33 dB. Used for loud work 95-110 dB.

If the work is carried out at a volume above 110 dB, hearing protection devices combine, For example, together with anti-noise headphones, special pads or earplugs are used.

Criterias of choice

When choosing earmuffs, primarily, it is worth considering the terms of use. For infrequent use, e.g. home renovation, you can take the simplest option of the first class. This choice is primarily determined by the price of the model.. For professional use or industrial applications, possibly, you will need active noise-canceling headphones with a high level of noise reduction.

When choosing a device, it is worth trying it on. The collar must be adjustable, to ensure a comfortable fit on the head. If it is upholstered in soft material, wearing such protective earmuffs will be much more comfortable. Cups should fit snugly against the ear, desirable, so that they are also upholstered at the edges with soft material for a good fit to the head.

There are special purpose earmuffs on the market., For example, for sleeping in the form of a headband or even for babies. for example, Em's for kids are special protective earmuffs for the little ones. But it's already, what is called, exotic.

Rating of popular models

We offer you our rating of protective headphones.

3M Peltor Optime II

These earmuffs are intended for use in outdoor environments. 85 dB or more. The noise reduction rate is 31 dB. This model is comfortable to wear., praised by users for its ergonomics and soundproofing. Can be used in a wide variety of conditions. Look pretty aesthetic, so they can be used not only for construction work, but also in a noisy office. The rollers on the cups are filled with a special gel, due to which they fit tightly to the head, there is enough free space inside, so that the ears do not fall too much. Padded headband sits comfortably, Equipped with a patented adjustment system.


The model is made in the traditional yellow color for protective headphones.. The design uses two soundproof inserts, Earmuffs are designed to protect against noise levels up to 112 dB. Keep on the head due to the plastic headband and tape, the latter allows you to work with a helmet from the same manufacturer. Earmuffs made entirely of plastic, no soft padding, intended for work use.


Earmuffs, reducing the sound level by 31dB. Their main feature is the ability to connect to the player. Equipped with a standard outlet 3.5 mm and a built-in FM / AM tuner with the ability to memorize the frequency of stations. The display is located on the body, which displays the charge level and time. There is a built-in volume control. No active noise cancellation.

If you have experience with these or other models of anti-noise headphones, leave feedback. We will be glad, if you share your experience.

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