The promotion of health and safety practices at workplaces is boosting the in-ear radio communication headset market
The in-ear radio communication headset market is expected to reach USD 255 million by 2024, growing at an impressive CAGR of 5% during 2018–2024. The rise in the global construction market, which is led by the US, China, and India, is expected to augur well for both active and passive hearing protection devices. North America and Europe are following the worker safety protocols diligently, which presents growth opportunities for active hearing devices with higher price points. Also, the growing awareness of noise-induced hearing loss in developing markets, including India and China, is likely to bode well for lower-priced passive hearing protection device manufacturers.
The promotion of health and safety practices at workplaces is driving the in-ear radio communication headset market. Hence, the growing focus to prevent occupational hazards and injuries is boosting the market for hearing protection devices.
Continuous innovations have led to the adoption of efficient and light-wear headphone technology. Headphone vendors are steadily focusing on introducing improvised headwear products that not only offer value but also enhance the user experience. In addition, the introduction of headsets that combine features of both radio and Bluetooth communication systems is a major trend witnessed in the global protective communication market.
Hence, innovations in the manufacturing sector and advancements in headphones technology are expected to boost the in-ear radio communication headset market worldwide.
IN-EAR RADIO COMMUNICATION HEADSET MARKET: SEGMENTATION
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IN-EAR RADIO COMMUNICATION HEADSET MARKET: DESIGN
The increased demand for single-ear headsets from public safety and hospitality segments is the primary driver for market growth
Advancements in manufacturing technology and the incorporation of innovative features such as high-fidelity audio delivery, radio communication, and active hearing protection capabilities are increasing the dominance of the both ear segment. The both ear segment constituted the maximum market share of the in-ear radio communication headset market in 2018. North America was the largest market for both ear devices, followed by Europe in 2018.
The increased demand from public safety and hospitality segments is the primary driver for the growth of single-ear headsets. Single ear headsets allow users to maintain better situational awareness by virtue of their designs. They are used mainly by public safety agents, hospitality personnel, and tour guides. Single ear headsets are witnessing innovations in terms of microphones and speech transmission. These devices are on the course to adopt bone conduction technology. Therefore, technical enhancements are expected to drive the in-ear radio communication headset market during the forecast period.
IN-EAR RADIO COMMUNICATION HEADSET MARKET: PRODUCT TYPE
Technology innovations are responsible for wireless in-ear radio communication headsets segment growth
A wide application of wired in-ear radio communication earpieces in the defense and public safety and industrial segments is a key reason for the high market share of the segment. Increased connectivity, minimal disruption from electromagnetic waves, and cost-effectiveness are other major drivers for the high adoption of wired in-ear headphones. Further, a preconceived notion that wired in-ear headsets sound better than wireless one is also increasing the demand for wired in-ear radio communication headsets.
Wireless radio communication headsets are finding increasing application in tactical and surveillance operations. Technology innovations are the major driver for the growth of wireless headsets. Also, these wireless headsets use transductive loop technology, which eases the effect of electromagnetic impulses, thereby helping in preventing miscommunication during tactical operations. North America was the major market and is expected to continue its dominance. However, the APAC region is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
IN-EAR RADIO COMMUNICATION HEADSET MARKET: FUNCTION
The growth in the hospitality sector is expected to boost the demand for communication only headsets
The protective communication segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. North America was the largest market in 2018. Protective communication headsets offer situational awareness to the user. Further, the adoption and demand for DECT-based radio communication systems is expected to drive growth for protective communication headsets during the forecast period.
In 2018, the communication only segment was dominated by Europe. The growing hospitality sector is expected to boost the demand for communication only headsets. Hence, vendors are looking forward to partnerships with hotels, restaurants, and security agencies, which are further expected to drive the radio communication headset market worldwide.
IN-EAR RADIO COMMUNICATION HEADSET MARKET: END-USERS
The prevention of false communication and the increase in situational awareness are the major factors driving the defense segment
The defense and public safety segment accounted for the major share of the radio communication hearing protection headset market in 2018. The prevention of false communication, reduction of low-intensity ambient noises, and an increase in situational awareness are the major factors driving the segment. Further, national defense industries in developed economies are undertaking continuous soldier modernization programs, which have contributed to the high consumption of in-ear protective communication products.
The implementation of worker safety protocols in developed countries, especially North America and Europe, presents growth opportunities for active devices with higher price points. Further, the growing awareness of noise-induced hearing loss in developing markets, including India and China, bodes well for lower-priced passive hearing protection devices. APAC is expected to witness an increase in manufacturing output and growth in NIHL awareness during the forecast period.
Other key end-users of in-ear radio communication headsets systems include industries such as aviation, oil and gas, mining and consumer end-user segments such as motorsports, hunting enthusiasts, outdoor team adventure sports, and the house of worships.
IN-EAR RADIO COMMUNICATION HEADSET MARKET: GEOGRAPHY
The increase in construction projects in Germany, Poland, Italy, and France is expected to drive the European headset market
North America has always been an early adopter of the latest technology. Currently, the region holds the highest share in the in-ear radio communication headset market. The establishment of new infrastructure and manufacturing facilities as well as increased construction activities, mainly offices, and accommodation, is driving the demand for personal protective equipment and radio communication headset in the region.
The growing political uncertainties in the European region with the ongoing Brexit negotiations are adversely affecting the economic growth and demand for in-ear radio communication headsets in the UK and some Central European countries. However, the increase in construction projects and the emergence of several small and medium-scale manufacturing businesses in Germany, Poland, Italy, and France are expected to drive the revenue in the European market during the forecast period.
APAC is one of the fastest-growing regions, and the growth is primarily supported by strong economic developments in China, Singapore, India, Indonesia, and South Korea. The increasing industrial growth, the expansion of residential and commercial spaces, and the improvement in the hospitality industry are driving the demand for in-ear radio communication headset market.
KEY VENDOR ANALYSIS
The global in-ear radio communication headset market is witnessing intense competition in recent years due to the presence of several players in the market catering to a limited number of consumers. The focus is growing on the introduction of integrated intelligent or active hearing protection and radio communication headsets as it provides situational awareness as well as amplification of lower frequency sounds to the users. Further, there is proliferation in number of vendors which are likely to enhance their product portfolio to include both protective communication headsets. The in-ear radio communication headset market vendors are expected to compete on factors such as product features and functionalities rather than price.
The in-ear radio communication headset market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry analysis with revenue and forecast insights for the following segments:
- Communication only
- Protective communication
- Defense and Public safety
- Manufacturing and construction
- South Africa