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post #1 of 12 Old 09-08-2019, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Bright-like-new earplugs, with inserter!

For the longest time, I've been using foam earplugs, the neon-colored kind. And, being a bit miserly and abhorring waste, I reuse them. This leads to the following difficulty:


After enough reuses, depending upon how clean I keep my ears, the plugs get somewhat dingy looking. When this becomes obvious enough, I discard them and break open some new ones.


Once, I tried washing the foam ear plugs. They looked great but did not work worth diddly-squat because they have a coating which easily washes off too. That coating is what keeps the plug from instantly expanding to its natural shape after being rolled to be made small enough to fit into the ear canal. Without the coating, between the time one stops rolling the plug and the time it begins to enter the ear canal, it is back to full size and will not fit. Drat!



Another problem is that it often takes a few tries to get a rolled (and slightly dingy) ear plug to actually be fully seated into the ear canal. They seem to bend if not inserted just right. It is frustrating to be held up while making multiple attempts. (It's time for a ride, not farting around.)



These troubles must have been stewing in my brain for awhile because, yesterday, just before going out for a ride, inspiration struck. I got a medium diameter plastic straw and cut off about two inches, and made sure it fits into my ear. Then I washed my current set of barely dingy ear plugs. Nice and bright they were, with instant expansion. However, by rolling them right in front of the straw's end, and inserting as I rolled, they went right into the straw. Then, with a two inch length of smaller straw, I could push the plug to the end so that its narrower end pokes out the end a little. Into my ears they went, with the smaller straw in place to eject the plug into my ear canal without the slightest opportunity to expand too much or bend. And they were fully inserted, making a good sound seal (which was not a sure thing without the tool.)



I was overjoyed, having killed two birds with one stone. The evil, anti-earplug-reuse conspiracy is defeated and the non-deterministic insertion problem is solved.


To anybody tempted to poke fun at this: Go right ahead. And don't let anybody tell you motorcyclists are a bit crazy.
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-08-2019, 05:53 PM
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Ditch those crappy foam earplugs and order some Decibullz earplugs . They are under$30 -you custom mold them to your ears using very hot water and they last for year---I have been using the same pair for several years for shotgun sports---the tips are replaceable as the get crusty after a while. They work much better than the foam ones.
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I currently use "Ear-Peace" silicone plugs, they are so comfortable and work very well.
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Go to your next motorcycle show and look for the Fit-Ear stand. I got a pair of their custom earplugs some years ago when they visited Australia.

They were much cheaper than any local source. I'm still using mine.

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I currently use "Ear-Peace" silicone plugs, they are so comfortable and work very well.
I use the same ones - Ear Peace - M. Although I only wear them on my FZ1, the Vstrom windshield takes care of a lot more wind noise.

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I think mine are Ear Inc. custom fit and I give myself a wet willy and screw them into my head. I do think i need a new pair, just need to find a local supplier.
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I currently use "Ear-Peace" silicone plugs, they are so comfortable and work very well.
As a new customer of EarPeace, I have to agree. However, I am finding that the time not taken with my concentric-straws inserter is nearly used up by opening and closing the cute little machined aluminum case for the silicone ear plugs. I am keeping my foam ear plugs and straw pieces as backup.
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As a new customer of EarPeace, I have to agree. However, I am finding that the time not taken with my concentric-straws inserter is nearly used up by opening and closing the cute little machined aluminum case for the silicone ear plugs. I am keeping my foam ear plugs and straw pieces as backup.
I keep my spare plug and the additional filters in a spare container I have, keep it in my tank bag along with the originals. What do you mean by "straw pieces"?

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I keep my spare plug and the additional filters in a spare container I have, keep it in my tank bag along with the originals. What do you mean by "straw pieces"?
That refers to the earplug insertion tool I mentioned in the first post. With their coating washed off, there is no way to get those foam plugs inserted without a tool. I'm not about to discard my newly washed, bright and clean foam earplugs! (And thanks for the tip on a more permanent solution.)
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Geez, DISPOSABLE foam earplugs are cheap, if purchased in quantity. Even the overpriced box I got recently are only about $.20/pair.

Why not just chuck them when they get dirty and use a new pair?

Also, the reason they instantly expand after washing is that they're now full of water. Let them dry for long enough and they should return to slowly expanding as intended.

That's been my experience, anyway.
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