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Old 11-13-2012, 09:42 PM
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I would imagine a dual driver has dedicated high and low drivers/speakers. When I got mine, only the single was available and I have no complaints. Type M stereo is what I have.
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"make me feel remote from my bike"
Interesting that one would want earplugs with speakers to drown out the highway noise and fill in with diversions. I found that when I was wearing the foam types years ago I would glide along at 70 mph in complete silence. Mahvelous! Just the country side changing as I passed by.
That particular bike and helmet combination was a really good one!
My present windshield and helmet and Big Ear plug combination isn't bad and I can ride with the visor open.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:29 PM
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Daughter is getting an audiology degree at CU Boulder. Wife and I have been subjects of a number of practice hearing tests. Two things we hear over and over from her: 1. Wear hearing protection. 2. Get hearing aids very soon when the hearing starts to go. If you wait too long and get really deaf the brain loses its ability to interpret speech. So even if they do help you hear, you can't process what's being said any more. She says that the brain's neuroplasticity reassigns speech center cells to "other duties as assigned".
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SLept with earplugs for the 26 years I worked night shift. Now wear them at work, my desk is next to a refrigeration unit with a very loud compressor.
My flying career is what really did in my hearing and where I learned about the foam plugs long ago.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:41 PM
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I have been wearing ear plugs of some sort as long as I have been riding. I work in aviation maintenance so ear plugs is a must for me. I wear one of two kinds. I picked up a pair of custom "In Ear" plugs at the International Motorcycle Show last year in Washington DC. They have taken some getting use to. They seem to "tickle" my ears at first if I have not been wearing them for a while.

The other pair I wear is Elvex Quattro Reusable Ear Plugs. They are blue and have four "flanges" on them. I picked them up when I was on my last ship. We were in the ship yard and the command was passing them out to all of ship's company. I then picked up another pair when I went in for an audiogram. I found that I have to cut the part that sticks out of your ear because they touched the inside of my helmet and vibrated like crazy! So I cut them down a bit and they work like a champ!

Either one is perfect! I highly recommend SOMETHING rather than nothing, though. Your ears will thank you later!
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:42 PM
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After 56 years of abuse, construction work, loud rock music, and open pipes on my last bike, I have constant ringing in my ears. In an effort to save what hearing I have left I have taken to wearing foam earplugs whenever I ride. I love it! Wish I would have started a long time ago. I can still hear traffic and the motor, but it is just so much more serene. " too soon old, too late wise"
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I also use Howard Leight Max earplugs every time I ride and feel the exact same way, they block all annoying wind noise and I can still hear the motor and anything else important. Here's a tip I learned from (watching him on Speed Channel) Max Biaggi; squish the plug down, then put it in your mouth and soak it with some saliva, then insert. It will push in much easier and stay put when the spit dries.
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All health benefits aside, I find ear plugs make riding more enjoyable and less tiring.
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Modern custom plugs are superb. An old set I had used to get quite uncomfortable after a day or two's (on tour, big kms per day) riding but my new ones are fantastic and I don't bother me at all - I can sleep with them in no problem. It's only around town that I do not wear them.

I have in helmet speakers and can still hear my music with the plugs in. I also have a set with ear buds molded into them but unfortunately I find it very hard to get my helmet on with them in so don't use them. I am considering pulling the buds apart to see if I can make everything a bit smaller.

I'd wear them just for the hearing protection but as a lot of guys have said, they most definitely leave you fresher after a days riding than if you weren't wearing them.
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Modern custom plugs are superb. An old set I had used to get quite uncomfortable after a day or two's (on tour, big kms per day) riding but my new ones are fantastic and I don't bother me at all - I can sleep with them in no problem. It's only around town that I do not wear them.

I have in helmet speakers and can still hear my music with the plugs in. I also have a set with ear buds molded into them but unfortunately I find it very hard to get my helmet on with them in so don't use them. I am considering pulling the buds apart to see if I can make everything a bit smaller.

I'd wear them just for the hearing protection but as a lot of guys have said, they most definitely leave you fresher after a days riding than if you weren't wearing them.
Are the speakers part of the helmet? Or an 'add on' I'm looking for something that will allow me to listen to music while I ride, but do something about the wind noise. Most of my 'touring' is freeway riding as I ride to and from football tournaments or home to see the family.
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