Throat microphones have continued to be improved upon, especially in the areas of comfort and transmission quality. Today’s military, law enforcement, and emergency personnel rely on throat microphones for unobstructed communication while wearing gas masks, HAZMAT suits, or in loud emergency situations. Throat microphones pick up vibrations, so the wearer can communicate in a low voice. For instance, Special Forces military teams can use can use throat microphones as a tactical advantage by being able to communicate without giving away their location.
Improved technology and compatibility with more devices have expanded the use of the throat microphone. Here are some of the additional uses for throat mics:
1. Bouncers and security personnel – to improve communication in noisy crowd situations
2. Music – for those of you old enough, remember Peter Frampton?
3. Medical uses – swallow sound studies, sleep disorders, larynx dysfunction, speech studies, etc.
4. Paint-ball and gaming – needs include direct communication in potentially noisy environments with the need for stealth
5. Motorcycle and extreme sports enthusiasts – lack of interference from wind noise with need for communication has caused this use case to gain traction in recent years
Benefits of throat mics in an industrial environment:
1. Provide excellent communications in high noise environments
2. Intrinsically safe
3. Doesn’t obstruct respirators
4. Connectivity with communications devices such as 2-way radios
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