Hearing Protection Devices Market

Global Market Study on Hearing Protection Devices: Next-gen Hearing Protection Devices Gaining Ground in Military Applications

  • July-2021
  • PMRREP3036
  • 136 Pages
  • Healthcare

Market Snapshot

Revenue from the global hearing protection devices market totaled US$ 1.9 Bn in 2021, according to insights provided by a revised study conducted by Persistence Market Research. The survey also suggests a stellar CAGR of 12% through 2031, increasing 1.3X from the CAGR of 9.3% for the period of 2016-2020. Sales of hearing protection devices are anticipated to top a valuation of US$ 6.1 Bn by the end of the decade.

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  • 3M Company
  • Amplifon
  • Centurion Safety Products Limited
  • Dynamic Ear Company B.V.
  • Elvex Corporation (Delta Plus Group)
  • Etymotic Research
  • Hellberg Safety (Hultafors Group AB)
  • Honeywell
  • Moldex-Metric Inc.
  • Cotral Lab

Key Analysis Covered in Hearing Protection Devices Industry Survey:

  • Market estimates and forecast 2016-2031
  • Key drivers and restraints impacting market growth
  • Segment-wise, country-wise, and region-wise analysis
  • Competition mapping and benchmarking
  • Brand share and market share analysis
  • Key product innovations and regulatory climate
  • COVID-19 impact on hearing protection device sales and how to navigate
  • Recommendation on key winning strategies

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New Developments in Hearing Protection

As technological advances change the outlook for many devices, electronic hearing protection devices have also been researched and developed to make them smarter.

Sordin, a Swedish-based hearing protection pioneer, announced a new partnership with Cardo Crew, a global name in communications technology. The partnership is aimed at combining hearing protectors with cutting-edge communications technology from Cardo Crew.

The partnership will be reflected in Sordin’s upcoming hearing protector by the name SHARE, which will combine Cardo Crew’s state-of-the-art dynamic mesh communications technology with more features such as filtering and voice activation.

EarPeace, a leading name in the ear protection industry, in 2020, discussed Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), which is an increasingly common issue affecting almost 20% of people globally. EarPeace launched earplugs specially designed for concerts and live shows, which filter noise to provide the best experience while protecting the ears from harm.


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Growing Investments in North America for Hearing Protection Devices to Drive Market

North America is one of the leading destinations for hearing protection devices market players. Key players in the market are strengthening their sales channel to further capitalize on the rising demand for hearing protection devices.

Increasing awareness about hearing protection devices among personnel, along with rise in the FDI in regions such as Europe and Asia Pacific, is boosting the demand for hearing protection devices. North America is expected to witness a significant increase in its share in the global hearing protection devices market by the end of the forecast period.

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Mergers & Acquisitions Strategies of Key Players for Strengthening Product Portfolio and Increasing Geographical Footprint

Key players in the hearing protection devices market are focused on mergers and acquisitions with local players to strengthen their product portfolio as well as their distribution network channel. The strategy also is used to expand their footprint in emerging markets. For instance, in April 2015, 3M acquired Capital Safety to expand its presence in the hearing protection devices market.

Similarly, in July 2018, Amplifon acquired hearing care retailer Gaes Group to gain a foothold in Spain. The acquired company has over 500 stores in Spain, as well as a number of stores in Portugal and Latin American countries such as Argentina, Chile, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico.

Increasingly Stringent Government Regulations to Boost Demand for Hearing Protection Devices

Increasing number of stringent safety regulations related to occupational safety at workplaces with high level of noise exposure in several industrial processes is expected to drive the sales of hearing protection devices during the forecast period.

Several safety standard regulations have been implemented in various developed countries to ensure the safety of workers in industries where there is the risk of exposure to high levels of noise.

The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and its amendment passed in 2002 in Australia/New Zealand requires employers and employees to take steps to ensure a safe and healthy workplace, which creates the need for the use of personal protective devices such as hearing protection devices.

The OSHA Hearing Conservation Amendment (OSHA 1983) enforces the use of hearing protection devices in industrial workplaces in the U.S. The Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Regulation 2003, which is accredited by the South African National Standard (SANS), applies to all employers, self-employed, and employees working in an atmosphere exposed to noise levels that exceed 85db.

Demand for Next-generation Hearing Protection Devices in Military to Drive Market

Over the past few years, joint military exercises have increased substantially across the globe due to an increase in the number of international defense agreements between various nations. This has led to a significant increase in the sales of hearing protection devices targeting the defense sector. These exercises have gained greater prominence in Europe and North America.

Moreover, developing economies in APAC, such as India, are witnessing an increase in military spending.

Lack of Awareness to Hinder Growth of Hearing Protection Devices Market

Majority of the people working in mining, construction, and manufacturing sectors come from low socio-economic backgrounds. Most of these workers are unaware about the safety benefits of hearing protection devices.

They are either not trained properly or are not aware about the risks associated with excessive exposure to high noise levels and hence, lack sufficient motivation to use these hearing protection devices.

This low motivation can be attributed to the discomfort caused by these devices, their improper fitting, improper communication while wearing such devices, and other associated secondary effects such as ear infection or excessive sweating. Thus, lack of awareness is expected to hinder the growth of the hearing protection devices market, especially in the developing nations.


Hearing protectors are devices used to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. These devices are recommended when a user is exposed to noise levels of over 80 dB for 8 hours.

These devices find major applications in the military, construction, generator, compressor rooms, and other similar noise-affected industries. Hearing protection devices are available in four types: earmuffs, earplugs, hearing bands, and uniform attenuation earplugs.

About the Report

The report offers a comprehensive evaluation of the business opportunities in the hearing protection devices market, along with insights on the competition blueprint, market trends, and the regulatory analysis of the hearing protection devices market for the duration 2021 to 2031.

Research Methodology

A supply-demand approach has been used to estimate the hearing protection devices market. The sales of hearing protection devices were first calculated for arriving at the value of the hearing protection devices market in different regions and countries.

Some of the qualitative factors considered for the estimation of the market value include government funding, regulatory support, adoption, and similar other factors.

Primary research was conducted to validate the information. Primary research includes interviews, surveys, in-person interactions, and the viewpoints of seasoned analysts. Secondary research, such as verified paid sources, authentic trade journals, and resourceful databases, was also used for validating the information.

Top trends as well as macro and microeconomic factors were assessed to shape the hearing protection devices market. The report on hearing protection devices projects the industry attractiveness of all the major segments over the forecast period.

FAQs Answered in Market Study

  • How much is the hearing protection devices market worth currently?

    The global hearing protection devices market is valued at nearly US$ 1.9 Bn at present.

  • What is the hearing protection devices industry evaluation for the decade?

    The market is expected to progress at a stellar CAGR of 12% and attain a valuation of US$ 6 Bn by the end of 2031.

  • How did the market fare for the period of 2016-2020?

    Demand for hearing protection devices increased at a robust CAGR of 9.3% over the past 5 years.

  • How much of the global market share do prime players hold?

    The 5 key manufacturers of hearing protection devices hold a dominative share of 75% of the global market.

  • What is the predicted CAGR for the North American region over the decade?

    The hearing protection devices industry in North America is expected to progress at an impressive CAGR of 12.5% over the decade.

  • Which industries are leading the demand for hearing protection devices?

    Mining, construction, manufacturing, and military industries are majorly responsible for creating high demand for hearing protection devices.

  • Which key trends govern the hearing protection devices market?

    Increasing demand for uniform attenuation earplugs, emphasis on custom-tailored hearing protection devices, and shift of technology toward earplugs with acoustic filters are trends expected to govern market growth.

  • What aspects are expected to drive demand for hearing protection devices?

    Increasing demand in the manufacturing and construction industry coupled with development of next-generation hearing protection devices for military usage is expected to guide demand for hearing protection devices.

  • What is the market value in Japan and South Korea?

    The market in Japan is valued at US$ 146.9 Mn and South Korea at US$ 95.5 Mn.

  • What are the market metrics for the European region?

    The market in Germany is set to expand at a CAGR of 12.1%, Italy at 12.9%, and the U.K., Spain, and France at around 11%.

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