To celebrate 50 years of British manufacturing, Nigel Bicknell, Managing Director of Pambry Electronics Ltd, a family-run British manufacturer of audio and microphone parts based in Poole explains how Pambry Electronics have grown and developed to now be servicing a huge array of industries with their high-quality parts designed to work in harsh environments.

How did Pambry Electronics and the business get started?

Pambry have been operating since 1972 and the company was originally founded by my father. He started the company due to his interest in building acoustic measurement equipment and finding solutions to audio and wiring problems in harsh environments. Overtime he developed parts and partnerships that were then utilised in the headsets of language schools across Europe and multiple manufacturers of headsets and accessories.

Sound Testing
Sound Testing

Fast forward to 2015, we started getting some traction with our newly developed microphones, speakers and other component parts and we now have a range of parts manufactured for all customer types in Audio.

Now in 2022 as a business our turnover is in excess 4 million a year, and the business has changed from being 80% distribution to only about 15% – so much of the business is us making or designing things. We also have the expertise to produce bespoke prototypes for customers and provide solutions to design problems customers have when developing a product. We have a very proud history of developing products in this audio space and consistently research new product opportunities.

Anechoic Chamber
Anechoic Chamber

What makes Pambry Electronics successful?

Our continuous investment in research and development allows us to service new sectors and customers. For example, we now have products that aid in companies in ensuring the health and safety of their employees by measuring sound levels in certain environments. This is called the Personal Noise Dose Meter and is something we’ve developed to ensure the safety of people’s hearing in the workplace. This particular product is different from some of our others and as example of us diversifying into new industries, utilising our expertise in sound to help others.

Pambry Electronics Assembly
Pambry Electronics Assembly

A lot of our other microphone and speaker parts are also waterproof and can operate at both high and low altitudes, making them perfect for a variety of uses. We supply the microphones that go into Formula One, rally cars and we supply Airbus with microphone products that go in the flight cockpit, for example.

What challenges has Pambry had to overcome?

One of our biggest business challenges in the early days was investing in building our brand. We started off doing smaller jobs like wiring for other companies and other jobs we didn’t find overly fulfilling or exciting as initially we struggled to get investment from banks.

More recent challenges we’ve faced have been the impact of Brexit, the pandemic, and the national skills shortage. It’s become increasingly more difficult to get the right people in to work for us and because we want to maintain our family-feel as a business, so getting the right people in with the right skills is crucial.

What are you most proud of Pambry achieving and why?

We’ve recently celebrated our 50th year of trading and had to expand into even larger premises to house everything we need to be able to keep servicing our customers. We are proud of where we are as a business. Losing my dad suddenly 5 years ago was difficult but we continue to grow the business he started and loved, with even more passion and 3rd generation family involvement.

Pambry Electronics New Facility
Pambry Electronics New Facility

Another big achievement for us is we designed a product for a customer and they’ve now placed a £1 million order for it, so we are very proud of that. With wins like that we are able to continue to invest in the company and our people, keeping the family-run ethos throughout.

Established in 1972, Pambry Electronics is a specialist developer, supplier and distributor of Acoustics products. From our development centre in Poole, Dorset, UK, we supply acoustics products to some of the world’s most demanding organisations including the Ministry of Defence, major Aerospace companies, the RNLI and Formula One teams.

To find out more about Pambry Electronics, visit our main website

At Pambry Electronics we are always looking for ways to enhance and improve our products so when the Klick Fast System designed by Peter Jones (ILG) Ltd was brought to our attention we couldn’t wait to get a Klick Fast option available for the PED 0828 Listen Ear™ – Personal Noise Dose Meter.

The Peter Jones (ILG) Ltd Klick Fast system was designed for the easy attachment of devices to clothing via a simple universal connector and dock system. By adding a Klick Fast System dock or docks from the range available from Peter Jones (ILG) Ltd to clothing and a Klick Fast System universal connector to a device or devices you can quickly attach equipment for use throughout the day.

With a Klick Fast System connector attched simply slide the device into a Klick Fast Dock. Once docked, the device will remain held in place whilst being rotated it into any of the seven positions available with Klick Fast’s in-built ratchet positioner.

Un-docking to remove or reposition the device in another dock also takes just seconds by simply rotating it into an inverted position and letting it slide free.

Here at Pambry Electronics we think the Klick Fast System connector is a great purchasing option especially for customers who have already invested in the Klick Fast System and are looking to add a personal sound exposure meter to their worn equipment. For customers requiring a new Listen Ear™ – Personal Noise Dose Meter we recommend taking a look at the range of Klick Fast System docks on the Peter Jones (ILG) Ltd website and consider the Klick Fast System connector option when purchasing your Listen Ear™ – Personal Noise Dose Meter.

Listen Ear™ Personal Noise Dose Meter and Klick Fast Belt Loop Dock

For further information please visit the Peter Jones (ILG) Ltd website

The Pambry Electronics PED 0828 Listen Ear™ – Personal Noise Dose Meter with klick Fast connector option is available to buy from today.

Established in 1972, Pambry Electronics is a specialist developer, supplier and distributor of Acoustics products. From our development centre in Poole, Dorset, UK, we supply acoustics products to some of the world’s most demanding organisations including the Ministry of Defence, major Aerospace companies, the RNLI and Formula One teams.

To find out more about Pambry Electronics, visit our main website

Following on from the successful launch of the Listen Ear™ PED 0828 Personal Noise Dose Meter and recent Personal Noise Dose and Level Alerts Pambry Electronics are developing a complete Personal Environmental Monitor.

The PED 0922 monitor will include all the features of the PED 0828 Personal Noise Dose Meter and be further enhanced with additional monitoring for Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Volatile Organic Compound (VOC), Particle contamination in the air and Humidty.

This new product will provide an all in one solution for complete Personal Environmental Monitoring and provide employers and employees with a meter to keep individuals within Occupational Health and Safety legal noise pollution limits and simultaneously monitor for air quality and alert if a risk to the users health occurs.

The Pambry Electronics Personal Environmental Monitor will be available to buy later in the year.

Established in 1972, Pambry Electronics is a specialist developer, supplier and distributor of Acoustics products. From our development centre in Poole, Dorset, UK, we supply acoustics products to some of the world’s most demanding organisations including the Ministry of Defence, major Aerospace companies, the RNLI and Formula One teams.

To find out more about Pambry Electronics, visit our main website

As a leader in personal environment monitoring, Pambry Electronics are proud to announce their new enhanced portable Personal Noise ‘Alert’ Units.

Launched at The Health & Safety Event, 5-7 April 2022 at the NEC Birmingham these two new ‘entry’ level Listen Ear™ products are simple to use and perform a single function of monitoring noise dose over an eight hour period from activation in the case of the Noise Dose Alert, whilst the Noise Level Alert measures the current noise level.

Noise Meters Alert Lamp Colours
LED Warning Lamp

For each an optical and vibrating alert warns when thresholds have been reached. The LED warning lamp of the Noise Dose Alert changes from green to amber when you reach 80% of your limit to noise exposure and changes to red at 100% when you should put on ear defenders or remove yourself from the environment. For the Noise Level Alert the LED warning lamp changes to amber when noise levels reach 85dB and red at 85dB when again you should put on ear defenders or remove yourself from the environment.

Both new Listen Ear™ products include the Pambry Electronics patented anti-knock feature (Patent No: GB 2 551 724) and have a long battery life.

Nigel Bicknell, Director at Pambry Electronics said “These two new Personal Noise ‘Alert’ products will provide a good entry level health and safety solution for our customers looking to buy a noise alert meter for themselves or for their employees”.

To find out more about Pambry Electronics, visit our main website

Pambry Electronics, the company behind Listen Ear™ has partnered with Reactec Ltd to bring you technology with an unprecedented ability to deliver ISO standard compliant assessments easily and at a low cost.

Pambry Electronics Listen Ear™

The Pambry Electronics Listen Ear™ will become the second personal noise dosimeter available from Reactec adding more choice to their range of affordable, easy to use equipment.


Reactec help forward-thinking organisations switch from being mitigators of industrial workplace health risk, to being preventers by supplying an eco-system of workplace wearables and cloud-based analytics.

The widely accessible data analytics that Reactec provide enable anyone to understand noise assessments so you can move forward with the knowledge you need to best assess and refine your workplace risk, and ensure your regulatory compliance. No consultants necessary.

Get in touch with Pambry Electronics or Reactec today to learn more about how you can take control of your workplace risk with our noise monitoring technology.

Established in 1972, Pambry Electronics is a specialist developer, supplier and distributor of Acoustics products. From our development centre in Poole, Dorset, UK, we supply acoustics products to some of the world’s most demanding organisations including the Ministry of Defence, major Aerospace companies, the RNLI and Formula One teams.

To find out more about Pambry Electronics, visit our main website

A quintessential sound of the British countryside or an irritating source of noise pollution? The answer it seems, lies in the ears of the listener.

When a local council received a complaint that the local bell ringers were becoming a nuisance, they needed to reassure local residents that noise levels hadn’t increased significantly and definitely weren’t a threat to health.

Whilst there had been a church on the site for over 800 years and the residents must have known it was there when they bought the house, the council recognised that they did have a point when claiming that nobody had ever checked that the noise from the bells wasn’t harmful.

When they started to research noise damage, it became clear that much more is now understood about the long term, cumulative, damage possible from noise exposure and that it is an issue that needs to be taken seriously. Even if the noise has been part of our environment for centuries.

A sound survey was the first proposed solution but, with initial estimates coming in at £2000 – £3000 for a one-off survey, was going to be prohibitively expensive. Especially if it needed repeating several times.

After researching the market for different options, it was decided that the simplest, and most cost effective, solution was to treat the residents as “workers” and measure their “daily dose” of noise. This would not only provide a measure of the actual noise level the residents were exposed to but also include any other possible noise sources. As damage to health from noise is known to be cumulative, other noise sources needed to be taken into account as well.

The noise “Dosimeter” selected was Listen Ear™ from Pambry Electronics. This is a simple, wearable device that costs less than £300 and has the huge advantage of a 4 week battery life. Using Listen Ear™ it was possible to simply charge the unit and set it to log noise measurements then give it to local residents to wear for a few days. The display on the meter shows instantaneous noise levels and % of a safe daily dose with warning lights if there is a risk of harm. If desired the resident can be given a simple, free, App to monitor their noise exposure on a tablet or phone.

Listen Ear™ App Screens

Once the Listen Ear™ has been recovered it’s a simple matter to check the actual noise dose measured and download a detailed log file for archiving or detailed analysis.

This “self-survey” approach has the additional benefit of reassuring the residents that the survey really does represent the noise they are exposed to.

For less than the cost of an initial survey, the local council have shown that the bell noise really isn’t a threat to hearing health and they know have a simple tool to measure possible noise problems anywhere else in the community.

Exposure to loud noise in the workplace for long periods of time can have serious health implications on your hearing, but you may not know that this prolonged exposure can also have an affect on mental and physical health too?

A noisy workplace environment of around 85 decibels (dBA) where you must raise your voice to be heard by someone three feet away can damage your hearing after repeated exposures of eight hours or more.

At 95 dBA or more where you need to shout to be heard by someone at arm’s length – your hearing can be put at risk in less than an hour. Heavy plant machinery, chain saws, and other such equipment used in manufacturing, fabrication, welding and construction industries all operate around 95 dBA.

Here are some other factors to consider if you work in a noisy environment.

Stress and high blood pressure

In addition to damaging hearing, loud noise can cause other physical and psychological conditions including stress. Often the short-term effects of noise related stress go unnoticed or are blamed on other things.

Loud noise can influence the cardiovascular system, resulting in an increase in blood pressure and the release of catecholamines in the blood. An increased level of catecholamines in the blood is associated with stress.

Effect on pregnancy

Research suggests that an unborn child exposed to prolonged loud noise levels may influence the hearing of the child in later life with low frequencies having a greater potential for causing harm.

Accidents and injuries    

Other impacts of prolonged noise exposure on the health of a worker include reduced communication and concentration and a contribution to workplace accidents and injuries with difficulty in hearing warning signals.

However, noise exposure in the workplace can be reduced and occupational hearing loss entirely prevented with today’s hearing loss prevention strategies and technology such as Pambry Electronics Listen Ear™ – Personal Noise Dose Meter.

In summary it is very important for employers to carry out regular occupational health assessments for their workers with checks for symptoms over exposure to loud noise such as hearing loss and increased blood pressure.

Workers in the Construction Industry are surrounded by high-noise levels from heavy equipment.

Hearing Loss Facts

Research has shown that long or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 dBA can cause hearing loss. The louder the sound, the shorter the amount of time it takes for noise induced hearing loss to occur.

Construction Site Hearing Loss and Health & Safety

  • Workers with hearing loss can potentially miss audible warning signals.
  • Hearing loss may lead to a breakdown in communication.
  • Increased effort to listen by hearing impaired workers may lead to fatigue, anxiety, and stress.
  • Workers may also suffer from tinnitus, causing them to hear ringing, rushing, or other noises even when there are no surrounding sounds

How to Protect Hearing and Prevent Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Noise induced hearing loss among construction site workers is preventable. Some important measures that can be taken include:

  • Wearing hearing protective devices such as earplugs, earmuffs or headsets and selecting the right device for your working environment is important.
  • Ensure you are wearing a hearing protective device that meets the proper SNR for the sound level measured in your work environment.
  • Choose a hearing protection solution that is unobtrusive and doesn’t restrict workers, like the Pambry Electronics Listen Ear™ – Personal Noise Dose Meter, so they will always keep it on in all high noise work environments.

UK based Pambry Electronics Ltd of Poole in Dorset have recently launched their new Personal Noise Dose Meter. It is believed to be the lowest priced Class 2 Noise Dose PME (personal monitoring equipment) in the world and is typically 30% to 50% of its nearest rival.

Expected markets are Health and Safety in, Construction, Mining, Manufacturing, Test Engineering, Club and Concert staff plus many others.

With a footprint smaller than a credit card and just 15mm thick (not including the clothing clip), the device has been designed on the back of years of Pambry Electronics’ military experience in microphones and electronics, and such issues as periodic calibration has been extended to more than a year. Also the environmental conditions in which the device can be used are much tougher.

The device part number PED 0828 (shown above with its optionally available external microphone) is unique as it not only includes all the usual features of its rivals’ product such as measurement of Noise Dose (8hr day), Noise Level, Data logging and download, etc but has inbuilt capability to monitor Ambient Temperature, Relative Humidity, Motion and Orientation.

A key new feature is the addition of device knock and vibration detection. This feature vastly improves the accuracy of the noise dose results and is subject to a PCT patent application.

The device comes in three standard colours, cream, grey or black. Special colours can be ordered subject to quantity.

Extracting the data recordings (datalog files) can either be via microUSB cable or mobile application connectivity to your smart phone or PC. The cable connection is also used to recharge the device from any PC USB port or charger.

The battery life between charges is in excess of 4 working weeks and the device meets the criteria of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (UK) and international standards IEC 61672-1 and IEC 61252.

It is expected the device will appeal not just to the usual corporate users anxious to protect their employees but also individuals wishing to know if their hearing is under threat as the price is well within the reach of most individuals. The device can accommodate the use of earmuffs by selecting from the built in database or keying in the specified earmuff SNR value.

The external microphone is recommended for use when the weather conditions are poor and the user would prefer to place the main device somewhere like a coat pocket

The display is lit to allow ease of use in poorly illuminated situations, and displays selectable pages of information such current and projected Noise Dose, current and max Noise Level, graphical presentation of Noise level history (last 2hrs), current/min and max Temperature and Relative Humidity, Battery charge status, Noise data detail to current time, and further sub level settings pages to allow selection of the more complex features of the device.

There is also a warning light that flashes Amber when the Noise dose has reached 70% (of the safe level for 8hr day) and Red when 90% has been reached. It will also flash Blue when peak safe noise level of 120dBC has been exceeded. All level thresholds and weightings can be changed in these settings page too.

The data log recording files can be used to provide some clever analysis since all measurements including temperature, humidity, knock count, motion, etc are available against the built in real time clock.

If you are interested in one of these amazing devices contact:

Pambry Electronics Ltd.,
Ventura Place, Upton Ind. Estate,
Poole, Dorset BH16 5SW UK
Tel: +44 1 202 624910