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post #1 of 101 Old 07-24-2019, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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Earplugs for motorcycle riding

Do you guys wear earplugs?

I really need a pair because I was recently diagnosed with mild tinnitus and mild hyperacusis(noise sensitivity). Was not a fan of earplugs because I have narrow ear canals that makes wearing a pair painful and uncomfortable. Any recommendation or suggestion? Should I buy custom molded ones?

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post #2 of 101 Old 07-24-2019, 01:30 AM
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YouTube fortnine earplug review. Some helpful info there.
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I do recommend earplugs. I never wore them up until about seven years ago, and now I rarely ride without them.

I made my own set of custom molded ones from a substance called Easy Mold. It's actually a food grade silicon putty that they sell in craft stores. People usually use it to make custom molds for things like chocolate candy. I bought a half pound of the stuff for $26.00, which would be enough to probably make ten sets of them. Radian sells a kit for about $20.00 using the same type of putty specifically to make earplugs, but you only get enough to make one pair; if you mess up, you're out of luck.

There are videos on Youtube how to make your own. I made mine so earphones could be inserted in them, but the method for making a set of sound blocking earplugs would be the same.
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I have small ear canals as well. I have used these for years and find them to be fairly comfortable. At least comfortable enough to wear for several hours at a time. I can still hear my GPS through my in helmet speakers, EMS sires, horns, etc. They seem to be best at greatly reducing the wind noise which is what I find most annoying.

I tried the custom molded ones and found that they were neither comfortable or good a noise suppression.

https://www.amazon.ca/Howard-Leight-...gateway&sr=8-2

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I wear Etymotic High-Def Motorsport Earplugs. They fit really well under the helmet. Wind and motorcycle noise don't go away completely, but they are knocked down by a few decibels. I can still hear music, phone calls, or GPS directions through my Sena.

They fit well, but after a 12 hour day it feels good to take them out. There is a string that you can tie on to ensure they are together, which is nice. The string can get snagged and tug them out slightly. That can get annoying. I usually make sure I do a test look from side to side before I start my ride.

I recommend them.

I would link them to Amazon but my post count is too low. Amazon has them for 23.
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I have a Schuberth C4 Pro helmet which is pretty quiet so unless I'm on the freeway I don't wear any. Plus they give me a headache to wear for very long. The ones I do wear when I must are actually ones I was issued in the military years ago. They are very similar to these:
https://www.amazon.ca/Earplugs-Sleep...ateway&sr=8-14

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I rarely use them, don't like the feeling of being disconnected from the road.
I have surefire plugs and they really cut off the noise nicely. Only use them for longer trips.
Otherwise regular cheep foam plugs if I don't forget.

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I'm a fan of Honeywell Laser Lite individual packed pair for sanitary reasons. Everyday clean ear plugs and no ear infections.

At $20 for 200 pair they are cost effective, convenient, comfortable and have great Db rating.
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I've been been use foam ear plugs for 15 years, I can see how they can be uncomfortable with narrow ear canals, hard to insert too. I just got a new batch of 50 from CVS, -32db rating, they're quieter than the last ones I had.

Many years ago I had a pair of those custom made for me at a motorcycle show. The ones that don't go into the canal, about $70. They made the ear mold at the show, created the plugs at their shop, and sent them to me. They were crap, I couldn't hear anyone speaking, but wind noise came through loud and clear. I've also tried swimmers plugs, they're waxy and don't go into the canal, didn't work for me.
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I have small ear canals as well. I have used these for years and find them to be fairly comfortable. At least comfortable enough to wear for several hours at a time. I can still hear my GPS through my in helmet speakers, EMS sires, horns, etc. They seem to be best at greatly reducing the wind noise which is what I find most annoying.

I tried the custom molded ones and found that they were neither comfortable or good a noise suppression.

https://www.amazon.ca/Howard-Leight-...gateway&sr=8-2
Ditto everything here, use a pair for the day and pitch 'em. Box of 200 pairs.

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