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Why Do FBI Agents Continue to Wear Those Curly Earphones?

You would think that the U . s . FBI (being the United states secret service and all) would have access to an earpiece a little bit cooler that just the standard ‘curly cable’ job, wouldn't you?

If pushed, I have to state that I tend to imagine some old fella, like Desmond Llewelyn in the Bond films, (and even a younger example like Ben Whishaw from ‘Skyfall’) producing many of the devices himself after which explaining them to the agents before they go out and guard the President’s life.

This is simply not the case. They use the models they use as they work plus they work well. Essentially, wired models continue to be more dependable than their wireless counterparts. With wireless, you tend to have more interference, as well as having to contend with more limited bandwidth. Essentially, you need reliable tech if you’re in the field. Lives are at stake in a number of cases.

This straightforward, trusted earpiece might be relied upon to accomplish the duty, every time.

Another advantage that wired earpieces have over wireless ones (in this instance, at least) may be the fact that a wired set needn’t carry an additional battery. Wireless earphones would need charging and, as a consequence, would possess a somewhat limited operational capacity. It just causes a lot more headaches for people who, let’s face it, already possess a fair bit on their plates to start with.

According to ‘AskJeeves.com

“The ear piece and mic that the secret service uses is called a Throat Mic. The Throat Mic has clarity that is unsurpassed, great sound quality, and allows for discreet interaction. It also has an acoustic air tube that makes it comfortable when worn for long periods of time”.

The ‘curly earpiece’ tech is really rather common and is utilized by a number of individuals and businesses beyond the secret service. You can even buy a wireless version, but do not expect the secret service to be interested!

I might argue another point, but that is just a pet theory with little or no research to back it up. Psychologically speaking, when y’see a secret service agent, you identify them as such without observing them in any form of uniform (beyond a suit, shades and an earpiece), the headset, then, is a subtle reminder to, the civilian, that not only is this not a regular person in a suit, but also that the area where you now find yourself is being strictly monitored.

With one word to his/her earpiece, the agent in question can almost certainly call down all the other agents in the direct area, as well as police, fire brigade and anybody else he/she believes is essential. That subtle reminder is likely an incredibly potent crime deterrent. No guns need to be displayed, no helmets or flak jackets worn and yet you know that this person has eyes everywhere and could, probably, actually ruin your week. As I said, it’s just a theory, but I think it makes sense.

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