Overview of Tactical communication headsets

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Authors
  1. Nakashima, A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This report presents an overview of various in-ear hearing protection and communication systems that are designed for use by the dismounted soldier. Integrated hearing protection headsets (IHPH) offer advanced features such as active noise reduction (ANR) and enhanced hearing capability. However, the electronics that are required to provide such features are challenged in adverse environmental conditions, such as extreme cold. Nonlinear earplugs provide protection from high-level noise while allowing lower-level sounds to pass through without attenuation, making it possible to hear radio communications. However, they do not provide the advanced features that IHPH systems offer. Specific devices including the Nacre QuietPro®, Silynx QuietOpsTM, SureFire EP3 Sonic DefenderTM and E-A-R® Combat Arms are described and their functionalities are discussed in terms of speech intelligibility and field use.

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Keywords
Hearing protection;Tactical communication;Hearing;Personal Role Radio;PRR;Integrated Hearing Protection Headsets;IHPH
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TM-2010-003 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jan 2010
Number of Pages
34
DSTKIM No
CA034570
CANDIS No
534064
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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