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Old 05-30-2011, 07:34 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by NitroHonda View Post
Earplugs? I amplify with hearing aids.

I think that's the point. I'm trying not to have that problem by wearing earplugs now.

The soft contoured foam earplugs are what I use. 33db NRR, which I believe is the highest you can find.
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:27 AM   #22
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So, two questions: is it safe to wear ear plugs? If so, what do you recommend?
It's safe to wear earplugs. I don't think they block sound out enough for you to miss important cues (someone mentioned tires screeching), visual alertness is more important IMO. Now from a medical standpoint, just keep them clean, and if using foam plugs, change them out often. You don't want to end up with this... (warning: food spoiler alert)

I always try to wear them if Im going 75+ for over 20 mins, otherwise I'll get ringing. Quiet Time has worked best for me, you can get a 50 pair box at Walmart real cheap.
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:16 AM   #23
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I have tried quite a few different brands and these are by far the best I have used.

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Originally Posted by unswift View Post
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?).
I couldnt hear the sirens when I was listening to music.
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I always wear earplugs whille on a long ride. If I forget them my ears will ring all night. I wear a shoei rf-1000 and the wind noise is pretty intence. I don't listen to music so I can hear what is going on around me ie; the raised up trucks and such.
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You guys must have really super quiet bikes and super quiet helmets to be able to hear loud vehicles and sirens and so on when riding. Whether I have earplugs, no earplugs, or listening to music I cannot hear sirens approaching from the rear while moving, I can only hear super loud vehicles when they are right in front of me, or I am at a light. I wear earplugs or foam headphones on every ride and never have had a problem in the past 3 years I been riding, even when pulled over by DPS for speeding.
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aerostitch sells a sampler with about 2 dozen different types of ear plugs so you can find the ones that work best for you
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I have been wearing earplugs for any highway riding for 20 years. I wish I has known about wearing them for the previous 10 years. I keep extras in all my jackets and tank bags and when they get dirty I just run them with a load of laundry and set them out to dry.

Even with the plugs I have a little permanent hearing damage from the wind noise.
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I used to wear the yellow industrial foam one but have been wearing these for a year or so:

What's cool is the come in three sizes and are very comfortable.
Many gun shops sell them.
Are these the disposable type or could you reuse these multiple times?
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