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Old 11-13-2012, 03:56 PM
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I have not been riding all that long as compared to a lot of people in the forums, a little less than three years total I guess. I always wear a full face helmet, but have only starting adding earplugs as of a few months ago (Howard Leight MAX disposable plugs I bought for use with power tools in the garage).

Now I find that I won't ride at all without them. On the few occasions I have forgotten to put them in I don't make it 50 yards before I stop and fix that. For me the plugs are plenty comfortable for longer than the bike seat is, I can still hear what I need to hear and the wind and road noise is not such a nuisance any more. I was out this last weekend for almost 6 hours on Saturday and a few hours on Sunday in some seriously gusty winds without it bothering my ears. Sunday afternoon turned gusty enough to get me to bring the bike home earlier than I wanted and just as I got home the wind gusts were starting to tear the siding off my neighbor's house so I would say they were pretty strong.

Using the plugs all the time has turned out to have some additional benefits I did not expect. Since I now always have a package or two of plugs in my pocket I have found myself using them other places. My daughter's school fundraiser night at the local burger place that was packed to the walls with junior high kids - plugs very useful. In the cubicle at work with our own version of loud Howard in the next little employee container - plugs definitely useful.

Everyone can do as they like as far as I'm concerned and I know there have been countless threads before about plugs, but for anyone who hasn't tried using earplugs when they ride I would definitely encourage them to give them a try.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:16 PM
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:36 PM
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It's like people that take daily vitamins. After a while your body just adapts to it and they become a requirement. If you stop you really notice.

Coffee is the same.

I would like something that plugs over my ears, not inside them. I don't want to spend one second thinking about them.


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After a 3 day ride of about 750 miles in September, my ears were ringing constantly. At 56, I know I have abused my hearing over the years and need to do what I can to preserve whatever I have left. I started using the soft foam plugs while riding and really like the job they do. I can still hear my intercom and all the important stuff without the annoying background noise. I use these at night when sleeping to mask out noise from the road I live on. My days of being the tough guy and abusing my body are long gone....Hope I can keep riding into my 70's!
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:38 PM
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Ear plugs greatly reduce the vibration and sound that courses through the brain and competes with other brain functions.

When I started using ear plugs I noticed almost immediately I could "feel" the bike more and I was much more calm and alert. And at the end of the day I was MUCH less fatigued.
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I've had the foam dudes stolen from work for a long time until I got custom fitted rubber plugs. The first night of not hearing your buddies snore or some freaking freight train waking you and you become a convert.
It's just one of the things that motorcycling more easier.
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The choice of which ear plugs is totally individual. For many years I wore E.A.R. plugs at work and was very satisfied with them. I do not like them on the motorcycle. The frequencies they cut make me feel remote from my bike. I do like Etymotic ETY-Plugs. By the way, I consider their "standard" size to be small, and their "large" size to be medium.
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I only have the Hear-o's "rock n roll" earplugs - you know, those silicone things with the hard piece of plastic in the middle. I got em for when I'm playing with the band, for I usually stand next to the drummer and his crash cymbal. They are truly helpful for my ear health! I don't have tinnitus, and I don't intend on getting it.

In the past, I've always just jammed a rolled up dense chunk of toilet paper, or paper napkin in each ear, for some on-the-fly earplugs for long rides - the modicum of high frequency sound attenuation the densely packed paper fibers provide do have a noticeable benefit after a few hours in the saddle! As for the Hearo's, I've been using them occasionally for riding, when I manage to remember that I have em on me - that's the hard part! I can see how habit forming wearing earplugs can be, for I really like the quietness earplugs allow.

Now - what would be ideal, would be to have the dead quiet of an earplug, yet still be able to listen to some tunes. So far, I've yet to hear about anything that can do this double feat of magic.....
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Now - what would be ideal, would be to have the dead quiet of an earplug, yet still be able to listen to some tunes. So far, I've yet to hear about anything that can do this double feat of magic.....
I'm doing that with the Model M at Got Ears? Brand Challenger Custom Molded Isolation Earphones - Motorcycle Ear Plugs

The attenuation is nearly that of foam earplugs and the sound is fine. I can wear them all day, day after day.
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I'm doing that with the Model M at Got Ears? Brand Challenger Custom Molded Isolation Earphones - Motorcycle Ear Plugs

The attenuation is nearly that of foam earplugs and the sound is fine. I can wear them all day, day after day.
Dual driver, single driver, mono? What do you recommendo, GW? What the heck is dual driver, anyway?

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