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Old 03-08-2014, 10:16 AM   #41
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I bought these a while back at Academy and they work really good

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I reuse the foam ones until I lose them. then I grab another pair and restart the cycle.

Like other have said, those plastic ones hurt my ears and don't work nearly as good.

12db isn't much of a noise reduction at all...

Hearos have a great noise reduction and are easy to find.
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dB numbers don't mean much if the plugs don't fit right, or they hurt your ears if you wear them too long. Earplugs work the best when they fill up the outer ear canal. If you just plug the outside of the ear, vibration transmitted through your tissue & bones around the ear will still induce sound waves in the ear canal air space. You can "hear" it for yourself by inserting foam earplugs part way into ears vs. inserting them properly via the method shown below.

As with helmet/shoes/chaps//etc., fitment is king. Every body's ear canal is sized differently. I found these to fit mine the best (note they have different sizes, color coded):

http://www.howardleight.com/earplugs/max-lite

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As for the "single use" disclaimer, it's obvious the mfr's recommendation that you throw them away as quickly and as often as possible.

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I don't wear any. the sound of my exhaust is music to my ears
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Try the Radians custom ear plugs from Academy. They are a DIY kit to make custom ones for your ear. They work pretty well and are really comfortable. If you like to listen to music too you can stick headphones in when you are making the mold for some custom noise cancelling headphones for under $30.

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I don't wear any. the sound of my exhaust is music to my ears

I can still hear my exhaust just fine with them, I wear them to cut out the wind noise
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Ive been wearing disposable ear plugs for years but recently found these. With my ipod turned off they provide the same protection at earpluds plus I can listen to music too. Best of both worlds.
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Do you have custom molded ones or just the regular ones with the typical silicone in-ear piece?
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Do you have custom molded ones or just the regular ones with the typical silicone in-ear piece?
Not custom, they have tips that form to your ear canal like ear plugs do.
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I've Tried A Few Times, To Much To Deal With Coming Out Then You Have 1 In And 1 Out, That's Messed Up And Aggravating.

If Your On A Street Ride And The Wind Is Really Bad That Day Is The Only Way I Will Wear Them.
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If Your On A Street Ride And The Wind Is Really Bad That Day Is The Only Way I Will Wear Them.
If your ear plugs are falling out of your ears, you're doing it wrong.
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As an audio engineer my hearing is everything. Years of this and DJing have left me with "holes" in the certain ranges but know where they are and luckily are different in each ear so I can compensate.

Find you a 20Hz-20Khz frequency sweep mp3 online. Put on some cans or ear buds and listen to it a few times. Then go ride for 30 mins. Listen again. You'll be amazed how much you've lost in the exhaust side ear or where your helmet resonates in a specific range. Every helmet is different. You're ears turn down the input volume over exposure time to loud noises.

I modded a pair of noice cancelling headphones, velcro'd in my helmet. Lets me listen to music and cuts wind/engine noise by 10-20 db depending on range. If you are going to ride with IEs in you need to get a decent pair like ManToe. I rock a pair of Ultimate Ears 3 driver IEM (In Ear Monitors). Cheap earbuds ruin your hearing.
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Ditto. Being at FOH with a PA kicking 100-130db for hours knocks all the energy out of you. One of the reasons FOH engineers are such . You are wore out at the end of the night and all you have done is push buttons and faders.
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Another helpfull hint I saw online a few weeks back. If your ear buds dont like to stay in, buy a pair of foam one use ear plugs. Cut them short, make a hole, and replace your regular ear bud foam/rubbers. Roll them between your fingers and stick in, they expand and wont fall out when done properly.
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I've ridden with the previous model of these for years and they are absolutely the best, not only for listening to music, but for sound isolation. I went to these after using the foamies and could tell a dramatic difference. This new model is actually cheaper than the ER-6's that I've worn but they're from the same company and rated the same (35-42db of sound isolation)
Most of the sound that damages your hearing is not from the exhaust, it's from the wind noise.
Your ears are no where near as "bulletproof" as you think. FWIW, when I go to my annual Army reunions, I'm one of the very few that doesn't wear a hearing aid. I give the credit for that to always using hearing protection when I flew.
Take it from and old guy that's spent a lifetime around things that go boom, jet engines next to his head and in un-muffled race cars(and, of course, motorcycles), you DO NOT want to spend your later years constantly going "huh?"
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http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/mc5.html
They're listed at $59 from the manufacturer; you could probably save a bunch by trying ebay or amazon.
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