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Old 08-23-2013, 10:37 PM   #1
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Ear Plugs

Think I need to start wearing earplugs to save my ears down the road. Even with the full face helmet, there is still ample noise from wind.

I was looking for something that I can clean and reuse instead of using a lot of the disposable ones and found this, the #1 selling item in ear protection:




Went ahead and ordered a pair. Comes with case as well, which is nice. Only drawback is that it lowers noise by 12 dB, while the earplugs lower noise by ~29 dB.

If you guys have any suggestions, fire away please.

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Old 08-23-2013, 10:45 PM   #2
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Think I need to start wearing earplugs to save my ears down the road. Even with the full face helmet, there is still ample noise from wind.

I was looking for something that I can clean and reuse instead of using a lot of the disposable ones and found this, the #1 selling item in ear protection:

Amazon.com: Etymotic Research ER20 ETY-Plugs Hearing Protection Earplugs, Standard Fit, Clear Stem with Blue Tip (Light Blue): Health & Personal Care

Went ahead and ordered a pair. Comes with case as well, which is nice. Only drawback is that it lowers noise by 12 dB, while the earplugs lower noise by ~29 dB.

If you guys have any suggestions, fire away please.

Thanks!
I stick with throw away plugs. Those look nice, but would interfere with my ear speakers.
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I have a couple of sets of these and they work great:

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I always had problems getting those foam ones to fit properly and the reusable ones didn't seal as well. I ended up going to the kid's ENT and getting a pair of custom ones done. Took 2 attempts to get it just right but they are great.

I think if you search amazon you can find a sample pack of either foam or reusable plugs hat will let you try different ones.
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That style ear plug always hurt my ears, then again everyone has different shaped ear canals. I've found the spongey cheap ones work the best if you take the time to roll them up properly.
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If you roll the foam earplugs with your fingers, insert lifting up the top of your ear, they work great. I have noticed that sometimes people don't know how to properly incert them. Just trying to help.
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I used to hate putting in ear plugs cuz they'd either fall out or would feel half in half out and feel retarded so I didn't use them. Then I actually learned how to properly "roll" them and now can't ride without them.
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I used to hate putting in ear plugs cuz they'd either fall out or would feel half in half out and feel retarded so I didn't use them. Then I actually learned how to properly "roll" them and now can't ride without them.
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I'm a strong advocate of ear plugs when riding. I can't ride without them! I was skeptical at first but I gave it a shot and totally worth it. Foam ones are best for me personally. The reusable ones hurt and don't reduce the noise as much as foam. Anything more than 60 mph and 10 mins I'll wear ear plugs.
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I'm a strong advocate of ear plugs when riding. I can't ride without them! I was skeptical at first but I gave it a shot and totally worth it. Foam ones are best for me personally. The reusable ones hurt and don't reduce the noise as much as foam. Anything more than 60 mph and 10 mins I'll wear ear plugs.
What brand are you using? Some hurt, and some are perfect.
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If you roll the foam earplugs with your fingers, insert lifting up the top of your ear, they work great. I have noticed that sometimes people don't know how to properly incert them. Just trying to help.
QFT.

I use the disposable ones all the time. They work great for me. Can't ride without them. Try to keep an extra set on you at all times.
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I use the disposable ones all the time. They work great for me. Can't ride without them. Try to keep an extra set on you at all times.
Qft I do the same.
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What brand are you using? Some hurt, and some are perfect.
I tried a set from academy IIRC Winchester or something, then i tried brand X from walmart. I prefer the foamies anyway. The most DB reduction, comfy, disposable, cheap.
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I always wear ear plugs. Disposables for me. Cheap, effective and I don't ever worry about losing them.
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I have a couple of sets of these and they work great:

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This is real cool.
Have you tried "uncap" the filter in the helmet while riding?
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I wear Etymotic hf5's and have them plugged into a ipod.
http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/hf5.html

These are high performance noise-isolating ear phones. I suffer from severe tinnitus and plain old plugs alone intensify the ringing, so I have to play music in the background to drowned the ringing out.

Makes it very peaceful and relaxing inside my head, so I can concentrate on the riding and not the ringing!
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i use foam disposable or my Beats with Triple block all the noise. Cant ride without ear plugs....
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