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Old 05-28-2011, 12:11 PM   #1
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Question earplugs high speeds...recommendations?

Hi all,

Just back from a nice Sugar Land loop down 59, up 99 around 90 and such. I am getting more experience at speeds above 60 mph, up to the legal limits. Despite a full face Shoei X-12, buttoned down, the wind noise is very high. Pipe noise on the stock EX500 is there too, above 5000 rpm or so. I have already lost a lot of hearing due to 2-stroke snowmobiles with expansion chambers, chainsaws, shotguns, and competitive shooting. Seems I like loud toys. So, two questions: is it safe to wear ear plugs? If so, what do you recommend? I have some sonic shotgun plugs, and drill rig foam plugs. What do you think? Man, I had a ridiculous amount of fun this morning....
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Old 05-28-2011, 12:15 PM   #2
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I wear earplugs whenever I can. Try to pick one with a high DB reduction rating.
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I like Skull Candy ear buds. They cut noise like an ear plug and you get music.
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I use foam earplugs; just make sure you insert them correctly....
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I find the sound of my bike relaxing
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I use the EAR yellow foam ones...
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:27 PM   #8
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I used to wear the yellow industrial foam one but have been wearing these for a year or so:

http://www.surefire.com/EP3-Sonic-Defenders

What's cool is the come in three sizes and are very comfortable.
Many gun shops sell them.
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You can get them at best buy in the music section... those are amazing.
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I always wear ear plugs on the track so I stay more focused. Never tried it on the streets.
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I find the sound of my vibrator relaxing
i dont think thats what he was asking.
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I LOVE my silicone ear plugs.. You just roll them into a ball and stick them into your ear. Cost about as much as the foam ones and they are waterproof and they NEVER come out of your ear while riding.. THEY are AWEsOmEEE
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Ok, there is a difference in ear plugs that you would use for abrupt noises and ones for constant noise. Most people don't know the difference(or that there is a difference most likely). The manufacturers don't even label their own product. Just wear different ones for each activity and find what you like. Music can either be calming or distracting, depending on your mood.
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I think earplugs are good for both the street or the track. You can still hear the important things (your exhaust note, horns and sirens), but fatigue is reduced because you lower the total level of the sound.

I'm not a fan of music, though, especially on the street. I'd be worried that by adding music I might miss something important (screeching of that car's tires as he realizes he's blown the light?).
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I used to wear the yellow industrial foam one but have been wearing these for a year or so:

http://www.surefire.com/EP3-Sonic-Defenders

What's cool is the come in three sizes and are very comfortable.
Many gun shops sell them.
Those look cool. I'm going to get me a pair and try them out.
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Earplugs? I amplify with hearing aids.

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I used to wear the yellow industrial foam one but have been wearing these for a year or so:

http://www.surefire.com/EP3-Sonic-Defenders

What's cool is the come in three sizes and are very comfortable.
Many gun shops sell them.
Are these things any good for the range?
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Are these things any good for the range?

Thats what theyre made for. I wore them for a while, but I notice that they lessened sound, they did not reduce "shock" when shooting rifles.
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I wear mine under my muffs at the range and have noticed no ringing afterwards.
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I'll have to give them a try then.
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