microphones have been on the market since the advent
of the original aviator headsets used by military pilots.
Since then, military and law enforcement organizations
have taken advantage of the inherent benefits of the
throat microphone technology. As technology has progressed,
the affordability of these units has resulted in a direct
increase in the demand for this type of product.
Throat microphones are designed to sit on the neck of
the user, with the transponders located near the voice
box for optimum performance and clarity. The transponders
are in essence, specialized microphones that are designed
to only detect and transmit the vibrations of the throat,
which result from normal speech patterns. Depending
on the quality of the radio that is being used, the
transponder can also pick up whispered transmissions.
The ambient noise is neutralized
With the growing demands of the consumer market, throat
microphone use has also expanded into the “recreational
vehicle” market, including motorcycles, snowmobiles,
ATV’s and powerboats. As most users can attest,
wind and engine noise makes conversations on a moving
vehicle almost impossible. The result is a demand for
a usable headset that is durable enough to withstand
the elements without sacrificing comfort and performance.
The throat microphone fills this niche market by offering
the benefit of voice communication without the transmission
of any ambient noise. This benefit can also be appreciated
in other extreme activities including Sky Diving, Paragliding,
Hang Gliding, Motocross and Car Racing.
The throat microphone is also being used extensively
for military and law enforcement applications where
the ability to communicate is paramount. Headsets for
these demanding applications are generally designed
to be more durable in addition to having the sensitivity
in the transponders specifically tuned for each different
2 way radio.
While there are many inexpensive alternatives on the
market today, the original concept of the throat microphone
remains largely unchanged. Creating an authentic unit
that performs well, and will work off the direct vibrations
created by the voice box, requires a great deal of research
and development. Many manufacturers will encase a regular
microphone inside a transponder creating the illusion
of a throat-based microphone. The result is a headset
that will not work effectively if the user is whispering
and will have very limited success blocking ambient
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