Although it has been around for quite some time, quite a number of people still do not know much about an acoustic tube earpiece. The device may also be referred to as tactical earpiece, surveillance earpiece, and radio headset among many other names. Basically, this is a special kind of device for listening that comprises of two parts. One piece is placed behind the ear while another part is positioned in the interior of the ear. A narrow tube that connects the two pieces is used to transmit sound. Reason for using the earpiece is to give the user freedom to use the hands during communication.
Due to the hands-free operation, the earpiece will be useful in quite a number of situations. It may be used with a mobile (cellular) phone, radio and television broadcasting, or for two-way radio communications. It most cases, the hearing accessory will be passive hence will only allow a user to hear or listen without talking back. However, in some instances, the accessory will come with a miniature or hidden microphone. This makes it easy and convenient to communicate with another person discreetly. This special type will mostly be used in covert surveillance where utmost secrecy is desired.
Users of the acoustic tube earpiece can be classified under two main groups. First, there are the ordinary civilians, and secondly; there are the covert and security operations. In the former category we have civilians who will attach it to devices such as mobile devices, personal audio gadgets, tablets and more. Also, we have the people who work in the broadcasting field. Television broadcasters and producers will regularly communicate with each other using these devices. They will do so without the viewers or audience noticing it. Furthermore, the earpiece will fit comfortably behind as well as inside the ear thus allowing them to carry out their activities conveniently.
Personnel working in the surveillance and security fields are well-known to wear the earpieces. As a matter of fact, use by civilian has only become popular just recently. Security being a major issue always calls for a keen ear and sharp eye. This enables the people in charge to monitor the surrounding and also quickly respond to any irregularity. The device has become a standard feature in many situations where utmost security is needed. For instance, presidential security service, spy missions, street surveillance, and many other areas. Due to the sensitive nature of their activities, acoustic tube earpieces used in covert and security missions may come with more advanced features as well as additional options.
Choosing the right earpiece may be a daunting task to many people.The challenges may be blamed on the availability of a wide range of brands and also devices. Reasons that will influence the selection include the cost of the item, reputation of the brand, extra features, ease of use, reviews on the product, intended use, durability, personal preference, and much more. Nonetheless, there are quite a number of good products in the market. All that is needed is a bit of research, patience, going through online reviews, comparing quotes, and following due diligence. Using the wrong product may bring inconvenience, blow your cover, or harm the ears.
The following are the benefits of the earpieces. Compared to other forms of earpieces, this type is more durable due to the tubing that protects the delicate wires. The earpiece is also more comfortable and user-friendly due to its design. The device is made using top technology and quality material which filters out any environmental noise, a user will still hear clearly even in a very noisy environment. Some earpieces come with control knobs on the cord to adjust the volume.
Using the acoustic tube earpiece requires a bit of getting used to. It works together with other devices such as a wireless or cordless receiver, or minute microphones. Although the earpiece may be visible from a close distance, the receiver is normally hidden under clothing. The microphone will be placed where a user can speak into it easily. The most likely places are on the shoulder, near the chest, and also on the wrist. There is a control which allows a user to adjust the volume according to his desire and location. The goal is always to hear clearly without arousing any suspicion from the people around.