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Ear plugs

Post by rebelrider » Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:52 pm

I've had trouble with regular ear plugs.

The plastic/rubber ear bud type won't stay in.
The foam ones cause my ear canals to get sore and itchy and tingly (like a limb fallen asleep) within about 10 minutes.
I usually wear the big circum-aural ear muffs when I work in the shop. But these are no good with a helmet.

I stumbled upon these custom rubber/foam earplugs on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003A2 ... ge_o02_s00
So far, they're working just as advertized. I've had them in for several hours so far, and they are comfortable, and don't fall out!
Can't wait to try them out on an extended ride. Hopefully, these will make longer trips much more comfortable.

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Re: Ear plugs

Post by scottolds » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:05 pm

For ear plugs I ended up going to a regular ear doctor and got some custom molded ear plugs. The difference is mine have a small hole in them. The purpose is to mute the sound a certain amount of decibels to protect against hearing loss and still be able to hear things fairly well. It is similar to what musicians use to block certain frequencies.

Been on quite a few long trips with them and I give them 2 thumbs up.
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Re: Ear plugs

Post by Tin Man » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:43 pm

I just insert a second pair of the foam inserts that go inside the ear section of my helmets. Even with my work helmets that had speakers in there, it makes quite a difference to me. :foilhead:
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Re: Ear plugs

Post by Bilgekeeldave » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:47 pm

What!?
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Re: Ear plugs

Post by cdscoot » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:54 pm

Bilgekeeldave wrote:What!?
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Re: Ear plugs

Post by Lee Pape » Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:50 am

cdscoot wrote:
Bilgekeeldave wrote:What!?
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Re: Ear plugs

Post by vetsurginc » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:33 am

Went with the Big Ears brand at the RA rally. They work very well. But at the price on the Amazon's what's not to like!
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Re: Ear plugs

Post by keithert » Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:01 am

I bought these from Amazon and they work pretty well. Once you initially mold them don't be afraid to cut them down slightly if they feel tight in some parts. I used these for about a month until I found the set that was made for me at a bike show. The bike show ones do feel better so I've been using them since. But for the price the Amazon ones are decent.
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Re: Ear plugs

Post by cdscoot » Fri Jul 03, 2015 10:08 pm

Lee Pape wrote:
cdscoot wrote:
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WTH ?
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Re: Ear plugs

Post by :FI:Igor » Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:35 pm

When I use ear plugs I use regular rolled up foam type. However, most of my noise was coming from wind rushing across the bottom of my full helmet. Discovered I can greatly reduce the noise by wearing a rolled up shamagh around my neck to break up the wind.
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Re: Ear plugs

Post by BikerMage » Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:11 pm

Personally, I've never felt I needed earplugs on a bike (until a Harley passes me). But I could see some electronic shooting earplugs helping. They're designed to filter out loud (over a certain decibel) sound while allowing quiet sounds (like your buddy complimenting your bullseye).
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Re: Ear plugs

Post by scottolds » Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:52 pm

Maybe the Ural isn't fast enough to get the wind noise to a high enough decibel level to cause hearing loss. :lol:

I will always wear earplugs when on a trip which involves more than 30 minutes of highway riding.

I won't bother with them on my 10 minute interstate ride to work.
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Re: Ear plugs

Post by Lee Pape » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:28 am

cdscoot wrote:
Lee Pape wrote:
cdscoot wrote:
Bilgekeeldave wrote:What!?
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WTH ?
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Re: Ear plugs

Post by 06motorradman » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:35 am

My Ural sounds like my BMW when I wear ear plugs.....smooth. Never leave home without them. I don't want to be the old guy yelling "what?" later in life.
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Re: Ear plugs

Post by antimatter » Sat Jul 11, 2015 10:04 am

If you use foam plugs, make sure you're putting them in correctly:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPNPZJingZA

Be aware that there are different sizes available, also. So if you're having trouble finding a good fit with a foam ear plug, there are a large variety of sizes and shapes.

I'm not a big fan of the custom fit earplugs, because I find that the hard shape makes my ear canal hurt when I'm putting on or taking off my helmet. I have a custom set made for shooting, and I just can't wear them when I'm in a helmet because it's too painful.

What I did was order a large sample pack of different brands of ear plugs online. The sample pack came with two sets of plugs for each kind, so my wife and I were able to try each different brand, and find a set that worked for both of us. I then ordered a big box of 1,000 pairs, and have been working my way through them over the last few years. I go through a set every week or so during riding season, and have gotten adept at cutting them down a little bit so I can hear my intercom while attenuating wind noise.

I personally think the helmet intercom industry is ripe for inclusion with noise cancelling technology, where your intercom would use a sensor inside to send a cancelling wave form for the wind noise outside. But, so far no-one seems willing to offer that.
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