7 Best Bluetooth Hearing Protection Headphones {Plus One To AVOID!}

construction hearing protection and bootsListening to music is one of the most popular pleasures we humans get to enjoy. Nothing beats listening to your favorite tunes in the comfort of your own home.

However, as with everything, too much of a good thing can lead to some problems. In this case, prolonged exposure to sound can damage our hearing over time. The good news, for us music enthusiasts, is that there are special tools that can help protect our hearing from dangerously loud noise.

This is essential for those who work in environments that are bombarded with extremely loud noise regularly.  Keep in mind that noise higher than 85 dB can damage your hearing.

The special tool I mentioned earlier is, of course, hearing protection headphones. In this list, we will be taking a look at not just any ordinary hearing protection headsets, but Bluetooth hearing protection headphones specifically.

Below you’ll find detailed reviews of each model, but if you’re in a hurry and just want a quick recommendation then take a look at the 3M Worktunesbased on their quality and price, these landed at the top of our list. Based on its reasonable price and 24-decibel NRR rating it’s our top all-around pick for everyday use. 

While we found several other good options- including some high-end communication headsets for professionals (construction workers, landscapers, etc).

If you read until the end of the article, you’ll also see one model we think you should NOT spend your hard earned money on. 


Best Bluetooth Hearing Protection Headphones

Now that you have the basics down when it comes to this type of headphones, let us narrow your choices even further with this list of the highest rated safety headphones in the market today.

1. Best Overall Choice – 3M Worktunes Wireless Hearing Protection with Bluetooth and AM/FM Radio

3M Worktunes Wireless Hearing Protection with Bluetooth Technology and AM/FM Radio
3M Worktunes

A decent choice that delivers all you need to protect your hearing while being quite affordable at the same time, the 3M Worktunes is definitely as good a pick as any in this category.

The 3M Worktunes comes with all the basic features you will need to both protect your ears and enjoy some music at the same time.

Bluetooth pairing is pretty solid and it also comes with a cord that you can connect to other devices if you wish to. It has comfortable and quality ear pads and an adjustable headband that uses the vented design.

The ear cups are also large enough to completely cover the entirety of your ears to provide optimum noise cancellation.

It also has an AM/FM mode if you wish to listen to the radio. You can scan through the different stations with an easy to use control knob that is located on the side. However, in you are using the AM/FM mode you won’t be able to receive any incoming calls.

Batteries: The 3M Worktunes does not come with rechargeable batteries which can be a downside. The good news is that it requires only 2 AA batteries which barely affects the overall weight and users comment that battery use is minimal. 

Another option is to purchase the 3M ALPHA1100 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Pack for 3M WorkTunes Wireless, but this is sold separately and will set you back about an extra $30 so you’d have to factor that in vs. buying AAs.

Key Features:

  • Weighs at 1.3 lbs.
  • 24 dB NRR
  • AM/FM mode.

Our Rating:

  • Sound Quality: 8/10
  • Bass: 7/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 8.5/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 9/10
  • Battery Life: N/A (Takes AAs).
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): 9/10

Who is this good for?

The 3M Worktunes is ideal for people who work in construction and other loud environments. Many customers have commented that it works well for protecting your hearing while mowing the lawn and running other loud home and garden tools (leaf blowers, chainsaws, etc).

Also, for those who are looking for an affordable but high-quality Bluetooth hearing protection headset, this is a good choice. The one major downfall may be the lack of a Li-Ion Battery Pack since you’ll need to buy (or use rechargeable) AA batteries or buy the Li-Ion pack sold separately.

Pros:

  • Excellent noise-cancellation capability.
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Affordable price tag.
  • Good radio reception.
  • Bass Boost feature.

Cons:

  • The volume knob is easy to accidentally hit with your shoulders due to its positioning.
  • Doesn’t come with rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Pack

2. Runner-Up Choice – ION Audio Tough Sounds Hearing Protection Headphones

ION Audio Tough Sounds Hearing Protection Headphones with Bluetooth and Radio Another alternative to the 3M Worktunes would be the ION Audio Tough Hearing Protection Headphones. This hearing protection headset uses a collapsible design making it a good portable NRR headphone to bring anywhere. However, with a price is on par with the 3M and the features are comparable while we think the 3M wins on build quality and durability the ION does come with the Lithium-ion battery pack included. 

You can easily pair it to any Bluetooth device and also features an AM/FM mode. The radio mode also allows you to bookmark up to 10 of your favorite stations for quick browsing.

This uses rechargeable batteries that can last up to 20 hours of continuous use. Charging time though requires 2 full hours which is rather long but fair considering it can last up to 20 hours.

Key Features:

  • 25dB NRR.
  • Lightweight at 0.81 lbs.
  • Compact 3.7” x 6.5” x 7.7” overall dimension.
  • Rechargeable.

Our Rating:

  • Sound Quality: 7/10
  • Bass: 7/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 7.5/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 8/10
  • Battery Life: 9.5/10
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): 9/10

Who is this good for?

For those who prefer a rechargeable hearing protection headphone that is more compact and lightweight, many landscaping professionals have mentioned this as their top choice for hearing protection while doing yard work, running lawn mowers or other loud machines like weed whackers and trimmers or even using snowblowers in the winter. 

Pros:

  • Compact and lightweight construction.
  • Excellent noise cancellation capability.
  • Rechargeable with 20 hours operating time.

Cons:

  • Audio quality leaves much to be desired.
  • Does not come with a complete charging set. 
  • The build quality is not as solid as the 3M.
  • Some complaints that it doesn’t hold a charge well.

3. Upgrade Choice – 3M Peltor WS 100 Communications Headset

3M Peltor WS 100 Communications Headset MT16H21FWS5UM580, 20 dB Noise Reduction, Black 3M reappears in this list with one of their high-end models, the 3M Peltor WS 100.

This hearing protector headphone is designed not only for protecting your ears from loud noises and for listening to your favorite tunes, it is also designed to make communication with others easier.

Its focus is in making conversations in loud noise environments much more manageable, and it does that quite well. It does this through the sound amplification technology. You can even distinguish another person’s speaking voice amidst loud noises.

It also features a boom mic that allows you to converse with another person via headphone. The boom mic also has a good level of noise isolation that lets the other person hear your voice clearly.

The Bluetooth has good stability as well. You can use it to connect to your smartphone and listen to music, internet radios, and podcasts.

Key Features:

  • Sound amplification technology for enhanced communication capability.
  • 20 dB NRR.
  • Noise-canceling boom microphone.

Our Rating:

  • Sound Quality: 7/10
  • Bass: 6/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 8/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 9/10
  • Battery Life: n/a
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): 9/10

Who is this good for?

Individuals who need to be able to communicate with others in a loud environment. These were designed with construction workers and tradesmen in mind who regularly work with loud machinery. This is a handy hearing protector headphone for those who expect regular calls during working hours.

Pros:

  • Designed to optimize communication experience even in noisy environments.
  • Sound limiting technology that limits noise to 82 dB which eliminates loud noises while amplifying voice and incoming vehicle sounds.
  • Compatible with hard hats.
  • Does not use antennas.

Cons:

  • Quite expensive.
  • No radio mode. But you can always listen to internet radio as an alternative.

4. Budget-Friendly Choice – 3M Worktunes Connect Hearing Protection

3M WorkTunes Connect Hearing Protector with Bluetooth Technology
3M WorkTunes Connect

A little more budget-friendly for those who can’t spend exuberant amounts on cash, the 3M Worktunes Connect does a fine job in protecting your ears from loud noises. It also manages to cram in some of the nicer features attributed to Bluetooth hearing protection headsets.

While the Worktunes Connect does not have radio mode, you can always connect it your smartphone and listen to music and internet radio there. It also uses rechargeable batteries which can last up to 20 hours on a full charge. It also has an auto shut off feature that activates after 2 hours on standby.

The headband is also adjustable to accommodate protective headgear.

Key Features:

  • 24 dB NRR.
  • Lightweight at 0.96 lbs.
  • Stylish design.
  • Rechargeable batteries that can last up to 20 hours.
  • Auto-shut off feature.

Our Rating:

  • Sound Quality: 7/10
  • Bass: 7/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 9/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 8/10
  • Battery Life: 9.5/10
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): 9/10

Who is this good for?

For those who do not wish to burn a hole in their pockets when buying a hearing protector headset, the 3M Worktunes Connect is a great affordable option whether you are a carpenter running shop equipment or other loud tools on a job site.

Pros:

  • Uses long-lasting rechargeable batteries.
  • Easy controls.
  • Affordable price tag.
  • Solid noise cancellation capability.

Cons:

  • Volume is relatively weak.

5. Outdoor Sports and Hunting Choice – 3M Peltor WS Tactical Sports Communication Headphones

3M Peltor WS Tactical Sport Communications Headset, 20 dB Noise Reduction, Orange/Green This is a variation of the 3M Peltor Communication series that we reviewed above but leaves out the boom mic feature.

In part because of the lack of a mic, it is slightly less expensive than the previous Peltor model.

This is a good hearing protector for those who enjoy going to the shooting range or going on a hunting trip. The brightly colored ear cups help improve visibility when hunting outdoors which is essential for obvious safety reasons.

It also features environmental microphones which help improve awareness in your surroundings.

This is why the Peltor WS Tactical is highly recommended for use in the shooting range and when hunting.

It also has power control that allows you to adjust the volume to optimize environmental ambient sound to your liking. This headphone requires 2 AAA rechargeable batteries that come with the package.  

Key Features:

  • 20 dB NRR.
  • Environmental microphones help improve your overall situational awareness while also protecting your ears from loud noises.
  • Designed for use in shooting galleries and outdoor hunting activities.
  • Comes with 2 AAA rechargeable batteries and charger.

Our Rating:

  • Sound Quality: 7/10
  • Bass: 5/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 8/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 8.5/10
  • Battery Life: 8/10
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): 9/10

Who is this good for?

This hearing protector headphones are designed primarily for sports such as shooting and outdoor activities like hunting.

Pros:

  • 30-feet Bluetooth range.
  • Sturdy and comfortable construction.
  • Ideal for shooting and hunting use.

Cons:

  • Price, some of the most expensive on this list.
  • The rechargeable batteries that come with this headphone are cheap so you’ll want to replace wth high-quality batteries

6. Gardtech Bluetooth FM Stereo Hearing Protector Headphones

Gardtech Bluetooth FM Stereo Hearing Protector Ear Protector Safety Earmuffs SNR 29DB with LCD Display and 4G SD Card
Gardtech Bluetooth Hearing Protector

Gardtech is another decent brand you ought to look for when looking at hearing protection headphones.

These Gardtech Hearing Protector Headphones have solid noise canceling capabilities with its 29 dB NRR and can help you focus on both indoor and outdoor activities.

It is also easy to pair up with your smartphone or any other Bluetooth audio device. It has a built-in FM radio but not AM. 

If you wish to listen to AM radio stations you will need to pair this with your smartphone device. One helpful feature here is its built-in SD card slot.

This allows you to save all your favorite music or even podcast episodes directly to the headphones, no need to connect it to your smartphone.

These headphones are powered by lithium-ion rechargeable batteries so expect it to last throughout the day on a single full charge.

 

Key Features:

  • 29 dB NRR.
  • Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
  • Built-in SD card slot.

Our Rating:

  • Sound Quality: 7/10
  • Bass: 7/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 8/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 7/10
  • Battery Life: 9.5/10
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): 9/10

Who is this good for?

A decent alternative to the 3M brand for people looking for a solid hearing protector headphone.

Pros:

  • 29 dB NRR.
  • Built-in SD card (4GB).
  • Built-in FM radio.

Cons:

  • No built-in AM radio feature.
  • Construction feels a bit cheap.

One to AVOID: Protear Bluetooth Hearing Protection Earmuffs for Mowing & Woodworking

Protear Bluetooth Hearing Protection Earmuffs with Digital AM FM Radio,NRR 25dB Electronic Noise Reduction Headphones
Protear Bluetooth Hearing Protection Earmuffs

The Protear earmuffs are meant to offer a comfortable experience to all users of their hearing protector headset. The cushioning on the earmuffs are pretty good and prevents your ears from feeling squeezed after prolonged use. The headbands are also padded to offer additional comfort.

This model has a 25 dB rating so you would expect it to cancel loud noises for noisy, industrial workspaces. The ear pads are meant to help improve noise cancellation as it fits and covers the entirety of your ears perfectly well. 

However, a large percentage of users complain the the noise cancellation is not up to par and that these don’t do a good enough job blocking outside noise.

On the plus side, the Bluetooth feature does a decent job of pairing up with other Bluetooth devices. It also comes with an additional cord if you wish to connect it to previous gen devices. The Protear also features an AM/FM mode and is powered using 3 AAA batteries. On average, the 3 AAA batteries can last up to 8 hours.

The Protear is mostly known for delivering headsets with optimum comfort at a reasonable price – but we think it comes up short on sound and build quality. 

We therefore recommend you scroll back up and chose any of the other options since there are better ones on this list that even cost less.

Key Features:

  • Double layer soft foam padding on both the headband and ear cups.
  • 25 dB NRR.

Our Rating:

  • Sound Quality: 6/10
  • Bass: 5/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 4.5/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 7/10
  • Battery Life: 8
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): 7.5/10

Pros:

  • Relatively Comfortable 

Cons:

  • Relatively short battery life.
  • Navigating through the radio stations or skipping tracks can be a bit rough due to the flimsy controls.
  • Overall construction feels cheap.
  • Short lifespan

Related Video:  NRR Rating Explained

This short, informative video by Seton gives a clear explanation of the NRR rating and how to determine what type of ear protection to buy.

 

Buyers Guide:

What are Hearing Protection Headphones?

Here’s a little introduction to this helpful safety equipment to those who are unfamiliar with it. Basically, it is a headphone that offers exceptional noise canceling capabilities.

This is why it is popular with individuals who work in construction. Have you ever seen construction workers wearing a large and bulky headphone? Yes, that is a hearing protection headphone.

On the flip side, the Bluetooth protection headphone can connect to your smartphone which allows you to listen to your favorite playlist and answer incoming calls without needing to whip out your phone.

A convenient feature for those who usually have their hands full, literally, at work.  You can also find models that include extra cords that allows you to plug in other devices into the headphone.

Important Features to Look for in a Hearing Protection Headphone

Now, before you head out to your local gadgets store to buy one of these safety headphones, you need to make sure you consider some important factors before committing to a purchase.

  • Optimized Noise Reduction Rating (NRR)

The most important to consider when buying a hearing protection headphone is its NRR or Noise Reduction Rating. This tells you how effective it is when it comes to canceling loud ambient noise from your surroundings. This is basically the main reason you are buying this type of headset so make sure it delivers in this category first and foremost.

The NRR rating of the headphone is not the number of how much decibels it can withstand but how much it can reduce. So, for example, you work in an environment that gets up 90dB of noise during working hours, if your headphone has an NRR of 25 dB it means it can reduce the environmental noise down to 65 dB. As you might recall, the human ear can withstand up to 85 dB which makes this a well below dangerous noise levels.

Now that you know how to check proper the NRR of headphones, let us go through other features you should consider.

  • Weight and Comfort

For obvious reasons, you will need a Bluetooth hearing protection headphone that fits well and feels comfortable to wear. As you will be using this during working hours, make sure that it feels comfortable to wear for a prolonged period of time. The last thing you want is neck pain at the end of the day because of an uncomfortable hearing protection headset. You are just basically dodging one bullet only to fall in the direction of another.

This can be a difficult aspect to decide on as hearing protection headphones tend to be quite bulky and therefore, heavy. The best approach here is to pick one that feels good to wear and make sure to take a break every once in a while, during work. Especially if you start to feel some tension around your neck.

  • Battery Life and Charging Time

Another important feature you need to take a look at is the hearing protection headphone’s battery life. You need one that can last the whole day at work. You should also opt for ones that have a considerably shorter charging time. However, there are hearing protection headsets out there that utilize batteries which can add to the overall weight.

  • Additional Features

One of the most basic features in a Bluetooth hearing protection headphone is its ability to connect to your smartphone. This makes some tasks considerably more convenient. You can also look for additional features such as AM/FM radio mode which is a good alternative for those who prefer listening to news or radio talk shows.


Conclusion

As you can see, there are dozens of hearing protection headphones out there that can help prevent hearing loss while also acting as a media device to help pass the time.

If your work requires you to stay within range of exceedingly loud noises, having a hearing protector headphone will help you prevent receiving any long-term damage that can lead to hearing loss.

Hopefully, this article has helped you figure out the best product to choose from.

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