Global Hearing Protection Equipment Market was valued at US$1.301 billion in 2019. The demand for hearing protection equipment is increasing due to the increase in noise pollution in the world. Especially increasing the manufacturing sector across the developing nation is increasing noise pollution by a huge amount. The worker can suffer hearing loss due to being exposed to a single loud noise or by repeated exposure to consistent noise. If a worker is exposed to noise louder than 85 decibels (dBA) during average eight hours a day can permanently damage hearing and the higher the level of noise can result in permanent damage. The increasing incidence of hearing loss due to high noise levels in manufacturing plants and other construction sites has led to an increase in the adoption of hearing protection equipment. The increasing government regulations and rules regarding the worker's safety and security are also increasing the use of hearing protection equipment in the workplace. The hearing protective gear worn by employees help in saving hear loss and making them comfortable to work in high noise areas. The hearing protection equipment helps in protecting workers from noise-related injuries and helps in reducing background noise to safe levels, allowing customers to communicate more clearly and easily.
The global hearing protection equipment market is segmented by type, end-user industry, and geography. Segmentation on the basis of type is done as earmuffs and earplugs. The segmentation based on the end-user industry is done as mining, construction, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, and others.
Earmuffs and Earplugs are used in Industrial area
Most of the industries provide workers with earmuffs and earplugs for hearing protection, like paces where there is a large amount of noise generated usually in manufacturing. The earmuffs help in keeping ear warm and protects from loud noise. There are various types of earmuffs like thermal earmuffs, acoustic earmuffs or defender earmuffs, passive, and active earmuffs. The defender earmuffs are used in industries for protecting from loud or extreme noises. The protection comes from acoustic foam that absorbs sound waves by increasing air resistance, thus reducing the amplitude of the waves and transforming the energy into heat. The earplugs are inserted in the ear canal for protecting the user’s ears from loud noise, an intrusion of water, foreign bodies, dust or excessive wind, etc. The earplugs help in reducing the sound volume. The workers use earplugs for preventing hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). There are four types of earplugs foam, wax, flanged, and custom molded. The earplug is mostly useful when the user is trained in using and insertion. The earmuffs and earplugs are used in industries according to the requirement.
Increase use by Defense sector is driving the market
There has been an increase in the usage of hearing protection equipment by defense personal, leading to an increase in demand for hearing protection equipment. The increase is attributing to defense due to an increase in joint military exercises across the globe. The growing number of international defense agreements among various nations. The increasing industrialization in developing countries like India and China is also growing the market to hearing protection equipment. The growing manufacturing and heavy industries in the countries require a large number of hearing aids for the protection of their workers. The hearing protection equipment is needed to be made according to the standards led by international organizations. The hearing protection in the workplace in the United States is regulated by organizations like Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
By geography, North America has a significant share in the market
Regionally, the global hearing protection equipment market is classified into North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and Asia Pacific. North America is expected to have a significant market share in the hearing protection equipment market due to high awareness among people harmful effects of listening to loud noises and early adoption of hearing protection equipment in the region. Asia Pacific region is expected to be the fastest-growing region in the hearing protection equipment market. It is due to an increasing number of manufacturing facilities across various end-user industries like energy and power, oil & gas, mining, construction, and pharmaceuticals. The industrialization in developing countries like India and China to further increase the demand for hearing protection equipment in the Asia Pacific region. Growing stringent rules and regulations regarding the safety of workers at the workplace.
Market Players and Competitive Intelligence
Prominent key market players in the global hearing protection equipment market include Honeywell International Inc., 3M, E I DuPont de Nemours and Co.,Bullard, MSASafety Inc., ILC Dover LP, Radians, Inc. Radians PPE, Alpha Pro Tech, among others. These companies hold a noteworthy share in the market on account of their good brand image and product offerings. Major players in the global hearing protection equipment market have been covered along with their relative competitive position and strategies. The report also mentions recent deals and investments of different market players over the last two years.