Ear Tip Options for Surveillance Kits
There are many ear tip options for 1, 2, and 3 wire surveillance kits. Here we provide details on the most popular ear tips.
Clear tube surveillance kit
The clear tube surveillance kit, also known as the secret service style kit, is one of the most requested by two-way radio users.
This type of ear piece consists of 4 replaceable parts: a twist off clear tube, an elbow, a quick disconnect adapter, and an ear tip.
The most common ear tip sold with the clear tube ear piece is called the MUSHROOM. The Mushroom is available in SMALL, MEDIUM and LARGE to fit all types of ears and in clear, flesh color or black. Mushroom ear tips offer clear communications for the two-way radio user in regular to noisy environments due to the mushroom completely sealing the ear canal in the ear used. This ear tip option can become uncomfortable after wearing for long periods of time and/or from wearing the wrong size.
The second most popular ear tip that connects to the clear tube is the MOLDED EAR TIP, also known as the SEMI-MOLDED, K-FLEX OR FLEXIBLE OPEN EAR TIP. This tip is available in small, medium, and large and for the right or left ear. They are also available in clear, flesh, or black. These tips allow the user to be able to hear the radio calls along with the surrounding environment since it rests outside the ear canal and not in the ear canal like the mushroom. The mold allows the user to comfortably wear the ear tip for long periods of time. Since it allows ambient noise to be heard, it is not recommended for medium to high noise environments.
COMFORT EAR TIPS or EAR FINS ear tips are a new variation combining the higher noise protection of the mushroom with some of the ambient noise allowance of the molded ear tip. These ear tips allow for a greater level of ambient as well as background noise to be heard and tend to be more comfortable than the standard mushroom. These ear tips offer a compromise in form and function for the user that works in a medium to high noise environment, yet needs to be able to hear their surroundings.
TRIANGLE or PINKIE/TEAR DROP EAR TIPS are new one size fits all versions of the mushroom offering a design that will adjust to the wearer. These ear tips eliminate the need to stock small, medium, or large size mushroom tips. These tips are inserted into the ear canal, just like the mushroom, and tend to have the same long-wear issues as the mushroom ear tip.
PASSIVE TALK THRU EAR TIPS. These ear tips sold in pairs can be worn by themselves to reduce ambient noise or connected to the clear ear tube by removing one of the filters. The technology, two mechanical filters, reduces noise while allowing for situational awareness. The design allows for it to adjust to different users. The inside the ear canal design prevents the ear from hearing ambient noise and the internal filtering allows these ear tips to be used in high noise environments.
COMPLY ™ Ear tips are designed with soft foam. These ear tips adjust to the two-way radio user’s ear canal allowing to user to comfortably wear them. The breathable foam prevents moisture build up and allows for ambient and situational noise to enter the ear. These foam ear tips are also available with thicker foam which provides a higher level of noise suppression than the standard model, a middle of the road ear tip offering.
NOISE ATTENUATION EAR TIPS are an option when the surveillance kit is used in very noisy environments such as factory floors or concerts. These ear tip options are available with different levels of noise suppression called Noise Reduction Rating (NRR). You can use the different NRR ratings to shop for the most protection. The higher the number, the better it protects against ambient noise. Ratings of -24db to -29db are commonly available. Their soft foam design makes them very comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
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