Why Do FBI Agents Still Wear Those Curly Earpieces?

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

If pushed, I've to say that I often imagine a little old fella, like Desmond Llewelyn in the Bond movies, (or even a younger example like Ben Whishaw from ‘Skyfall’) producing many of the gadgets himself and then explaining them to the agents before they go out and protector the President’s life.

This is just not the case. They use the versions that they use as they work plus they work well. Basically, wired models are still more dependable than their wireless counterparts. With wireless, you tend to have more interference, as well as needing to contend with more limited bandwidth. Basically, you need dependable tech if you’re in the field. Lives are at stake in a number of cases.

This simple, trusted earpiece can be relied upon to do the duty, every time.

Another advantage thatwired earpieces have over wireless ones (on this instance, at the least) is the proven fact that a wired set needn’t carry an extra battery. Wireless earpieces would need charging and, as a result, would possess a somewhat restricted operational capability. It just causes a whole lot more headaches for people who, let us face it, already have a good bit on their plates to begin 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 actually rather common and has been utilized by a number of people and businesses beyond the FBI. It is possible to even purchase a wireless version, but don’t expect the secret service to be involved!

I might argue another point, but this is just a pet theory with very little research to back it up. Psychologically speaking, when you see a secret service agent, you recognize them as such without seeing them in any form of uniform (beyond a suit, shades and an earpiece), the earpiece, then, is a subtle reminder to, the civilian, that not merely is this not a regular person in a suit, but additionally that the area where you now find yourself is being closely monitored.

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

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