Headphones Hire, How It Works

Place Over Ears is the UK’s leader noise cancelling headphones hire. You can hire headphones from us for as little as 4 days and a maximum of 28 days; we will deliver your noise reduction technology ahead of your first day of hire by secure post and when you’re finished with your headphones, you simply post them back via our pre-paid returns system with Collect+ at over 5,000 outlets across the UK.

We understand that renting headphones may be a new activity for you and to help you, here is our quick guide to hiring noise cancelling headphones from Place Over Ears.

Why Should I Hire Headphones?

One great reason is that headphones hire is cheaper than purchasing, particularly if you only want to use these headphones for a short period of time, for example, working on an assignment or travelling. In this way, you can try out quality headphone brands at a fraction of the cost of purchasing them upfront. If afterwards, you decide to buy your own pair, we’ll be glad that we helped to introduce you to some of the best headphones available. At this time, we rent headphones from premium audio brands, including Audio Technica, Sony and JVC, but we’re actively working with other headphone brands to increase the models we hold in stock.

Our headphones hire is currently available to UK residents, aged 18 years and over.


Every set of our rental headphones (and their accessories) are thoroughly cleaned with a non-perfumed, non-streaking anti-bacterial cleaning solution. Once freshened, the noise-cancelling headphones are tested and sealed in a polybag ahead of their next hire. Every headphone set that we hire comes with its operational instructions.

Headphone Delivery and Return

Hire your headphones from the first day you need them. Place Over Ears will deliver your headphones at least one working day ahead of your first day of hire. This means that you will have time to get used to your active noise cancellation and locate your required battery power for the headphones at least one day before your hire begins. Your rented headphones will be delivered using secured and signed-for methods postal methods, to an address of your choice.

On your last day of hire, we will email you a pre-paid return label. Your headphones will be returned via Collect+ secured delivery service. Safely pack up your headphones, securely affix the return and label and take it to your nearest Collect+ outlet.

Will I Need To Pay a Deposit?

Place Over Ears charges a small, refundable deposit for every pair of noise cancelling headphones you rent. You will see these hire deposits in your basket. Each deposit is deductable if you return the headphones late, you lose their accessories, or if you cosmetically degrade them (if you excessively soil or deface the headphones).

It is important to note that your deposit does not cover you against the loss, theft, or breakage of your noise-cancelling headphones. However, for a small sum, you can purchase a Damage and Theft Waiver which protects you against accidental damage or theft of the headphones but not accidental loss (terms and conditions apply).

What Are My Responsibilities When I Hire Headphones?

When you hire headphones from Place Over Ears, we strongly advise that you arrange suitable insurance cover for any personal effects whilst travelling or working, because if you lose your noise cancelling headphones, if they are irreparably or accidentally damaged, or if they are stolen through an act of crime, we will ask you to reimburse us for the loss of the headphones at a suitable value (which will be no more than the headphones recommended retail price). However, for a small sum, you can purchase a Damage and Theft Waiver which protects you against accidental damage or theft of the headphones but not accidental loss (terms and conditions apply).

I Would Like to Hire More Than One Set of Headphones

Multiple headphones can be hired at once, this is helpful if you have a travelling or working party who wish enjoy active noise cancellation. Place Over Ears limits the quantity of headphones that can be rented in one transaction; each set of hire headphones has a points value and you can order any combination of hire headphones to a total of 400 points. Please note, that headphones hired for other people, at all times, remain the responsibility of the person placing the order.