The application of stringent regulations covering employees’ safety has increased the use of personal protective equipment
The rise in occupational hazards has grown the adoption of safety programs among organizations worldwide. These safety programs involve close collaboration with personal protective equipment vendors. Personal protective equipment are the products worn by workers to protect themselves from occupational hazards. Therefore, the strong growth of manufacturing and construction industries globally is the key factor driving the evolution of the intelligent hearing protection and protective communication devices market. Further, the implementation of the stringent regulatory framework covering employee’s safety has increased the use of personal protective equipment. The mitigation of NIHL (Noise Induced Hearing Loss) has become an essential consideration for industries, which is driving the adoption of hearing protection and protective communication devices. The significant benefits of using these hearing aids are, they preserve the audibility of low and moderate intensity sounds and actively attenuate high-intensity sounds.
APAC and MEA are expected to exhibit fast growth due to regulatory initiatives undertaken by government bodies to safeguard and ensure the safety and wellness of employees. This trend is expected to drive the intelligent hearing protection and protective communication devices market during the forecast period.
Hearing protection devices are becoming smart with the integration of Bluetooth and radio technology
Leading vendors of intelligent hearing protection and protective communication devices market are shifting their focus from passive to active protection and communication as it provides situational awareness to the user. Products with radio communication systems are likely to dominate the intelligent hearing protection and protective communication devices market in terms of consumption units.
An increasing number of vendors in the global protective communication market are focusing on introducing products that feature both radio and Bluetooth communication systems. For instance, Sonetics, a prominent vendor in the market offers APX373. It features both communication systems and the user can choose to pair a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with the product to make phone calls or deploy the wired, portable, two-way radio system for communication.
Over 80% of the products available in the hearing protection market are for commercial or industrial end-users. Vendors are also introducing new products for individual consumers in their portfolio as these products enable wearers to sleep better by screening unwanted background noise. Further, vendors are focusing on innovations in the products that suit hearing-impaired workers.
Moreover, protective communication products with voice-activated transmission features are in growing demand from end-users such as defense, tactical, and law enforcement industries because voice-activated transmission provides radio communication activation without the need for a push-to-talk button.
INTELLIGENT HEARING PROTECTION AND PROTECTIVE COMMUNICATION DEVICES MARKET: PRODUCT
Hi-fidelity and noise cancellation are increasing demand for earmuffs, especially in the APAC market
Earplugs and earmuffs are two major product segments in the intelligent hearing protection and protective communication devices market. The earplug segment has dominated the protective devices market due to low price, compactness, and convenience. The segment is growing at a CAGR of around 4% during the forecast period.
The demand for earplug-based intelligent protection devices is expected to increase from end-user industries such as defense and law enforcement. These products are also lightweight compared to earmuff-based alternatives and are preferred by users across several industries as they are convenient and compact. The demand for earplug-based intelligent protection products is likely to grow further from sectors such as defense because they are compatible with other protective gear. MEA is expected to be the fastest-growing region for earplugs during the forecast period.
Earmuffs, on the other hand, are known for their hi-fidelity sound isolation and have a high degree of noise cancellation. They are expected to witness steady growth during the forecast period due to advancement in audio technology and manufacturing processes. Besides, they reduce the outside noise significantly, which reduces the chances of hearing impairments among workers.
INTELLIGENT HEARING PROTECTION AND PROTECTIVE COMMUNICATION DEVICES MARKET: PROTECTION
Passive hearing protection devices are popular as they provide uniform attenuation, irrespective of noise levels
The intelligent hearing protection and protective communication devices market offers two types of protection - active and passive. Passive hearing protection and communication devices are popular as they provide uniform attenuation, irrespective of noise levels. These devices cater primarily to the manufacturing and construction industry. APAC is likely to be the fastest-growing market during the forecast period. The passive hearing protection and protective communication devices segment constitutes for over 55% of the market by revenue.
Active protection devices equipped with electronic hearing protection tackle and reduce the loud impulse noise and bring them to non-hazardous levels automatically. These devices are gaining high demand from the users that are exposed to the impulse of loud noises, such as shooting sports, soldiers, and law enforcement agents.
INTELLIGENT HEARING PROTECTION AND PROTECTIVE COMMUNICATION DEVICES MARKET: FEATURES
Vendors are continually focusing on introducing smart hearing protection solutions
The global market by features is segmented into hearing protection and protective communication segments. The hearing protection segment is growing rapidly and has captured more than half of the intelligent hearing protection and protective communication devices market. These devices offer situational awareness to the wearer by amplifying ambient noise. The active hearing protection segment accounted for a share of 29% of the global market in 2018. However, hearing protection products have a low penetration rate in developing countries as they lack stringent worker safety regulations that promote the use of personal protective equipment.
The APAC market, however, is expected to increase steadily during the forecast period due to growing awareness about hearing safety regulations in the workplace.
Vendors in the protective communication devices market are offering hearing protection devices with Bluetooth or radio communication. The adoption and demand for DECT-based radio communication systems is expected to grow during the forecast period. The Bluetooth segment is a key emerging segment owing to its compatibility with smartphones.
INTELLIGENT HEARING PROTECTION AND PROTECTIVE COMMUNICATION DEVICES MARKET: END-USERS
Increasing defense spending in developing countries is driving the growth of the global protective communication devices market
Defense, manufacturing, construction, aviation, and other sectors are the primary end-users of the intelligent hearing protection and protective communication devices market. These sectors have emerged as the key end-users of electronic hearing protection devices. Defense and law enforcement agencies are the largest user segment, which provides the protection from NHIL and the impulse of loud noise such as artillery fire, machine guns, tank shell blast, and the explosion of grenades. Honeywell has deployed over 45,000 units of QUITEPRO intelligent hearing and communication systems in the US alone. Increasing defense spending by governments in developing countries such as APAC is contributing to the growth of intelligent hearing protection and protective communication devices market.
The awareness about hearing safety in the workplace is driving the market for hearing protection devices in the manufacturing industry. However, this segment is dominated by passive hearing technology. The vendors in the market offer a broad range of products for workers in manufacturing industries.
INTELLIGENT HEARING PROTECTION AND PROTECTIVE COMMUNICATION DEVICES MARKET: GEOGRAPHY
Stringent regulatory framework and strengthening manufacturing sector has made North America the largest consumer of protective hearing devices
The growth of construction sector, the rise in civic infrastructure, the consolidation of the manufacturing sector, and the modernization of defense and law enforcement are driving the demand in the intelligent hearing protection and protective communication devices market in North America. Further, the penetration of active protection devices in the US is growing at a significant rate. The establishment of new infrastructure and manufacturing facilities is driving the demand for personal protective equipment, including hearing protection devices in the region.
Europe is the second largest market of hearing protector devices. Northwestern Europe witnessed the highest growth in 2018, whereas the market in North and Western Europe is likely to experience stable development during the forecast period.
APAC is undergoing rapid urbanization, and many workers are involved in the construction and manufacturing sectors. Southeast Asia will be a key region for incremental demand for hearing devices as the manufacturing industry is witnessing a shifting from China to Southeast Asia. The transformation from the low-wage labor market to smart manufacturing and smart factories hub is a major factor for market growth.
The Intelligent Hearing Protection and Protective Communication Devices market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry analysis with revenue and forecast insights for the following segments:
- Hearing Protection
- Protective Communication